Shawn Bediako, Ph.D.
Ph.D., 2002, University at Stony Brook, State University
of New York
Community & Applied Social Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
MP 306 x 410-455-2349
SH 507B x 410-455-1359
Fax: (410) 455-1055
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Dr. Bediako's research explores psychosocial aspects of sickle
cell disease, a genetic blood disorder. His studies focus on how
social psychological factors, particularly interpersonal processess,
affect pain and health care utilization in adults. He studies this
by examining: 1) how laypeople and health professionals form social
perceptions of individuals with sickle cell disease; and 2) the
impact of these social perceptions on the psychological adjustment
of individuals with sickle cell. Dr. Bediako is currently involved
in research projects with colleagues at the Johns Hopkins Sickle
Cell Clinic for Adults, the Brent Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre
in London, and ABADFAL (Bahian Association for Sickle Cell and Other
Blood Diseases) in Salvador, Brazil.
Green, B. L., Lewis, R. K., & Bediako, S. M. (2005). Reducing
and eliminating health disparities: A targeted approach. Journal
of the National Medical Association, 97, 25-30.
Bediako, S. M., & Friend, R. M. (2004). Illness-specific and
general perceptions of social relationships in adjustment to rheumatoid
arthritis: The role of interpersonal expectations. Annals of Behavioral
Medicine, 28, 203-210.
Bediako, S. M., Kwate, N. O. A., & Rucker, R. (2004). Dietary
behavior among African Americans: Assessing cultural identity and
health consciousness. Ethnicity & Disease, 14, 527-532.
Gil, K. M., Carson, J. W., Porter, L. S., Scipio, C., Bediako,
S. M., & Orringer, E. (2004). Daily mood and stress predict
pain, health care use, and work activity in African American adults
with sickle cell disease. Health Psychology, 23, 267-274.
Psyc 340: Social Psychology
Psyc 493B & 695B: Social/Health Psychology
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