rachel
Graduate Student in Clinical Psychology

Faculty Advisor:  Sona Dimidjian

Education

  • BA, Bowdoin College (Biology and Psychology), 2007
  • MSc, Harvard School of Public Health, 2011
  • MA, University of Colorado Boulder, expected 2016
  • PhD, expected 2020

Research Interests

Innovative dissemination and training strategies to increase access to evidence-based therapies for depression and anxiety targeting perinatal women and individuals with health conditions (e.g. cancer). Additional interests include integrative care, health promotion and health-related behavior change, mindfulness, and maternal and child health.

Publications and Presentations

Vanderkruik R, Lemon E, Dimidjian S. Breastfeeding Support and Messaging – A Call to Integrate Public Health and Psychological Perspectives. (under review – Maternal and Child Health Journal; submitted 12/20/2014)

Lemon E, Vanderkruik R, Dimidjian S. Anxiety and Pregnancy. Under Review -Archives of Women’s Mental Health; 2015 Feb 20.

Vanderkruik R, Tuncalp O, Chou D, Say L. Framing Maternal Morbidity. WHO Scoping Exercise.  BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2013, 13:213.

Chou D, Tuncalp O, Firoz T, Filippi V, von Dadelszen P, van Den Broek N, Guilherme C, Magee L, Lange I, Vanderkruik R et al. (2013) Constructing Maternal Morbidity – towards a standard tool to measure and monitor maternal health beyond mortality (under review – PLOS Medicine).

Firoz T, Chou D, von Dadelszen P, Agrawal P, Vanderkruik R, Tuncalp O, Magee LA, van Dn Broek N, Say.  Measuring Maternal Health: Focusing on Maternal Morbidity. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2013; 91:794-796.

McPherson ME., VanderKruik R, Reims K, Coulouris N, Anand S, Linde-Feucht S, and Homer CJ. The Healthy Weight Collaborative: Quality Improvement Methods Promoting Healthy Weight. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 23, no. 3 (2012): 21–33.

Oyeku SO, Wang CJ, Scoville R, Vanderkruik R, Clemont E, McPherson ME, Adams WG, Homer CJ.  Hemoglobinopathy Learning Collaborative: Using Quality Improvement (QI) to Achieve Equity in Health Care Quality, Coordination, and Outcomes for Sickle Cell Disease. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 23, no. 3 (2012): 34–48.

Culbertson J, Valiela I, Peacock E, Reddy C, Carter A, Vanderkruik R. Long-term biological effects of petroleum residues on fiddler crabs in salt marshes. MarPollut Bull. 2007 Apr 18; 54(7), 955-962

McPherson, M; Anastasio, J; VanderKruik, R; Butts-Dion, S; Ustianov, J (2014, December). Development of a Self-Assessment Tool to Facilitate Improvement in Maternity Care Practices along the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. Presented at 2014 IHI Scientific Symposium, Orlando, FL.

Implementation and evaluation of Best Fed Beginnings to improve breastfeeding rates in hospitals nationwide. Academy for Healthcare Improvement (AHI) Annual Conference: Advancing the Methods of Evaluation of Quality and Safety Practice and Education (May 29-30, 2014) Baltimore, MD (presenter).   Received 1st place for “Best Faculty Oral Presentation” 2014 AHI Annual Meeting 

Implementation and evaluation of NICHQ’s projects to improve breastfeeding rates in hospitals:  Best Fed Beginnings and Texas Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative. 2013 Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Scientific Symposium (co-author, not presenter)

Collaborate for Healthy Weight: Using quality improvement and integrating public health, primary care, and community-based organizations to promote healthy weight nationwide. 2013 American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference; Boston, MA (presenter)

Women, career, and family: Policies and personal experiences in the US and abroad. 2012 American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference; San Francisco, CA.  (presenter)

Lessons from the Early Implementation of the Best Fed Beginnings Learning Collaborative. 2012 American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference; San Francisco, CA.  (presenter)

Development of a Self-Assessment Tool to Facilitate Improvement in Maternity Care Practices along the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding - Development, Cross-Project Data, Impact & Evaluation. 2014 Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Scientific Symposium (co-author, not presenter)

Rachel Vanderkruik, Marianne McPherson. Title: A contextual factors framework to inform both implementation and evaluation of health-related quality improvement initiatives. Academy for Healthcare Improvement (AHI) Annual Conference: Advancing the Methods of Evaluation of Quality and Safety Practice and Education (May 29-30, 2014) Baltimore, MD.

Rachel Vanderkruik, Ozge Tuncalp, Doris Chou, Lale Say.  Title: Framing Maternal Morbidity: WHO Scoping Exercise. Global Health & Innovation Conference: Yale University, New Haven, CT.  April 2013.

Rachel Vanderkruik, BA;  Adele C. Viguera, MD; Theodore H. Whitfield, ScD; Ross J. Baldessarini, MD; Lee S. Cohen, MD. Title: Treatment Decisions among Pregnant Women with Bipolar Disorder.  2009 American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention, Young Investigator Poster Presentation