Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP, Chair, Department of Psychology

First Advisor

Elizabeth Gosch, PhD, ABPP, Chairperson

Second Advisor

Stephanie Felgoise, PhD, ABPP

Third Advisor

Chavis Patterson, PhD


Adolescents with sickle cell disease (SCD) are at risk for growth and nutritional
deficiencies due to poor dietary intake. Presently, no efficacious behavioral intervention exists to address the nutritional need in SCD management. The Good Nutrition 4Me Living with SCD program is a multi-component intervention, developed to improve knowledge base and the dietary habits of adolescents living with SCD. This report reviews the outcomes for 5 adolescents that participated in this 5-week program. Dietary intake was monitored daily via text messaging and progress with goals was reviewed weekly in the group sessions. Parents were also updated on their adolescent’s progress with dietary goals during a family session in the home setting. Resulted indicated promising effects across participants, with trends towards improvement in knowledge about nutritional recommendations and dietary intake. The Good Nutrition 4Me Living with SCD program was viewed as feasible and palatable, as all evaluable families completed the intervention and one-month follow-up activities.

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