F31 Predoctoral Fellow
Sarah E. Wawrzynski, BSN, CCRN, is an experienced pediatric critical care nurse and PhD candidate whose program of research focuses broadly on the impact of pediatric chronic, and life limiting disease on the health and well-being of the connected family members.
The impact of pediatric disease and caregiving stress has been found to not only affect parents and patients, but also, the health and well-being of other children in the home. Sarah hopes to find meaningful and adaptive ways to support families in navigating these challenges in order to improve the overall well-being of the family unit in whatever structure it occurs.
As part of her training, Sarah is working closely with her faculty mentors and developing the relevant research skills to do this work. Currently, she is working with Dr. Kristin Cloyes investigating social network structures and supportive interactions among adult cancer survivors and their care partners. As a member of this team, Sarah has developed a better understanding of the unique support needs of sexual and gender minorities, and adolescent and young adults.
Sarah currently lives in Utah with her husband, two sons, two Great Danes, and a pet snake. She enjoys the outdoors, spending summer weekends camping, canoeing on the lake, and hiking or biking as much as possible.
Dissertation focus: Sarah’s F31 entitled “Social Media Use and Social Support Among Adolescent Siblings of Children with Cancer”(F31NR018987) is examining social support networks and perceived support among siblings of children with cancer. She is also exploring whether social media may play a role in how adolescent siblings access the support they need.
F31 Sponsor & Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kristin G. Cloyes PhD, MN, RN
Wawrzynski, SE.; Schaefer, MR.; Schvaneveldt, N.; Alderfer, MA. Social Support Among Siblings of Children with Cancer: A Scoping Review. Psycho-Oncology. 2021 Apr 5;. doi: 10.1002/pon.5689.
Reblin, M., Ketcher, D., McCormick, R., Mansfield, K.J., Wawrzynski, S.E., Otto, A.K., Tennant, K., Guo, J-W., Reed, D.R., Skinner, D.R.& Cloyes, K.G. (Under review). “It’s kind of complicated”: Perceived social support in young adult and young adult LGBTQ cancer survivors. Journal of Adolescent Health.
Hebdon, M.; Bernier-Carney, K.; Coombs, L.A.; Bybee, S.; Wawrzynski, S.E.; Sisler, S.; Luther, B. Differences in Burden and Service Access Between Parental and Non-Parental Caregivers During COVID-19, (under review)Family Systems and Health
Alley, J., Owen, RY., Wawrzynski, SE., Lasrich, L., Ahmmad, Z., Utz, R., Adkins, D. (2020). Physical illness, social disadvantage, and risky sexual behavior in adolescence and young adulthood. Annals of Sexual Behavior. April 2020 DOI: 10.1101/419010
Linder LA, Newman AR, Stegenga K, Chiu YS, Wawrzynski SE, Kramer H, Weir C, Narus S, Altizer R. Feasibility and acceptability of a game-based symptom-reporting app for children with cancer: perspectives of children and parents. Support Care Cancer. 2021 Jan;29(1):301-310. doi: 10.1007/s00520-020-05495-w. Epub 2020 May 2. PMID: 32358779; PMCID: PMC7606212.