Rachel M. Wasserman PhDAssistant Research Scientist, Center for Healthcare Delivery Science, and Pediatric Psychologist, Department of Behavioral Health, Nemours Children’s Hospital; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Orlando, Florida
Dr. Rachel Wasserman is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Research Scientist in the Center for Healthcare Delivery Science at Nemours Children’s Hospital, in Orlando, FL. She also holds appointments as an Assistant Professor at University of Central Florida College of Medicine and on the Graduate Faculty of University of Central Florida. Dr. Wasserman received her bachelor’s degree from Illinois Tech and her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology, with a child and family specialty, from Loyola University Chicago. She completed her clinical residency and NIDDK funded post-doctoral research fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine/ Texas Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Wasserman’s clinical expertise is in assessing and treating adjustment and internalizing disorders among youth with medical conditions, including diabetes. Her research focuses primarily on adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes and applying psychosocial factors unique to this developmental stage, such as executive functioning, cognitive development, and risk-taking behavior, to develop measures and interventions that may help to promote engagement in diabetes self-management and glycemic outcomes. Dr. Wasserman has received funding from Helmsley Charitable Trust and Society of Pediatric Psychology for her research, and has co-authored 24 peer-reviewed publications, 4 book chapters, and over 50 abstracts presented at national and international conferences.