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David Fedele - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

David Fedele David Fedele

Associate Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

David Fedele focuses on the psychosocial aspects of pediatric chronic illnesses including how some factors impact adjustment and morbidity.


David Fedele is an associate professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. David's research broadly focuses on family adjustment to pediatric chronic illness. He is particularly interested in the psychosocial aspects of pediatric chronic illnesses including how health behaviors, adherence to treatment regimens and the child-caregiver relationship impact adjustment and morbidity. David's current research predominantly focuses on youth diagnosed with asthma or cystic fibrosis and their families.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Cystic Fibrosis



Pediatric Psychology

Mobile Health



Articles (4)

Adolescents’ practical knowledge of asthma self-management and experiences in the context of acute asthma: a qualitative content analysis

Journal of Asthma

Tanya Wallace-Farquharson, et.al


We conducted a secondary analysis using a qualitative descriptive design of textual data collected from 126 adolescents that participated in a randomized controlled trial of an asthma self-management program. Directed content analysis was conducted using four constructs of asthma self-management including symptom prevention, symptom monitoring, acute symptom management and symptom communication.

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A systematic review and proposed conceptual model of sleep disturbances during pediatric hospitalizations


Andrea L Fidler, et. al


The current review aims to examine factors that influence pediatric inpatient sleep and determine the effectiveness of sleep promotion interventions among hospitalized children. A systematic literature search was conducted across PubMed, PsycINFO, CINAHL, Cochrane Central, Web of Science, Embase and Scopus databases.

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Commentary: Understanding Complexities of Adolescent E- cigarette Use to Develop Intervention Strategies

Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Jaya Mallela, et. al


Adolescents use electronic cigarettes (ECIGs) at alarmingly high rates. Since 2014, ECIGs are the most used tobacco product among adolescents, with the prevalence of use in the past 30 days among high schoolers rising to 27.5% in 2019. High rates of ECIG use is an epidemic with serious impacts on adolescent health. Evidence suggests that ECIG use harms the developing adolescent brain, increases the risk of respiratory symptoms and serious lung injury and may lead to nicotine dependence and combustible cigarette use.

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Daily adherence variability and psychosocial differences in adolescents with asthma: a pilot study

Journal of Behavioral Medicine

Rachel Sweenie, et. al


Adolescents with asthma endorse psychosocial difficulties as barriers to inhaled corticosteroid adherence. This study examined patterns of variability in adherence and within-person associations of psychosocial variables with adherence across days. Participants included twenty-five adolescents (Mage = 14.7, SD = 1.68; 48% male) with persistent asthma. We measured adherence via electronic monitoring.

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