Sheryl L. Catz, PhD
Research interests and experience
- Behavior change: treatment adherence; telephone and remote interventions; health behavior change, self-management support
- Chronic illness management: HIV management; self-management support; treatment adherence; patient-centered care; prevention; coping with multiple conditions
- Immunization & infectious diseases: HIV management; STD/HIV prevention
Sheryl Catz is thinking outside the box to find strategies that support patient-centered care. Her recent research combines health psychology with advances in information technology to explore innovations aimed at helping patients make good self-care decisions.
Dr. Catz is a clinical health psychologist with expertise in behavioral interventions and treatment adherence for chronic disease, especially HIV. Much of her research involves hard-to-reach populations, including prisoners and people over age 50 living with HIV. She is currently interested in looking at how health systems can use technological changes to facilitate patient-centered care. As electronic medical records become more common, how can we leverage new capabilities to enhance support for individual patients? Dr. Catz is leading a collaborative study at Group Health and Kaiser Permanente Northern California looking at secure messaging as a mode of behavioral support. The study is designed to improve medication adherence for patients with HIV, but the methods apply to other kinds of self-management support.
Dr. Catz is a frequent reviewer on the National Institute of Mental Health's special emphasis review panel for HIV exploratory research grants. She also serves as a member of the Group Health Institutional Review Board. Dr. Catz is an affiliate investigator in the Sociobehavioral and Prevention Research Core at the University of Washington's (UW) Center for AIDS Research. She also has an affiliate faculty appointment in psychology at the UW.
McClure JB, Riggs KR, St John J, Catz SL. [More] evidence to support oral health promotion services targeted to smokers calling tobacco quitlines. BMC Public Health. 2013 Apr 11;13(1):336. [Epub ahead of print].
Oberg EB, Bradley RD, Hsu C, Sherman KJ, Catz S, Calabrese C, Cherkin D. Patient-reported experiences with first-time naturopathic care for type 2 diabetes. PLoS One. 2012;7(11):e48549. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0048549. Epub 2012 Nov 7. PubMed
Balderson BH, Grothaus L, Harrison RG, McCoy K, Mahoney C, Catz S. Chronic illness burden and quality of life in an aging HIV population. AIDS Care. 2012 Aug 15. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Horberg MA, Hurley LB, Towner WJ, Allerton MW, Tang BT, Catz SL, Silverberg MJ, Quesenberry CP. Influence of provider experience on antiretroviral adherence and viral suppression. HIV AIDS (Auckl). 2012;4:125-33. Epub 2012 Aug 15. PubMed
Boudreau DM, Wirtz H, Von Korff M, Catz SL, St John J, Stang PE. A survey of adult awareness and use of medicine containing acetaminophen. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2012 Aug 13. doi: 10.1002/pds.3335. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Swan GE, Javitz HS, Jack LM, Wessel J, Michel M, Hinds DA, Stokowksi RP, McClure JB, Catz SL, Richards J, Zbikowski SM, Deprey M, McAfee T, Conti DV, Bergen AW. Varenicline for smoking cessation: nausea severity and variation in nicotinic receptor genes. Pharmacogenomics J. 2012 Aug;12(4):349-58. doi: 10.1038/tpj.2011.19. Epub 2011 May 24. PubMed
Bradley R, Sherman KJ, Catz S, Calabrese C, Oberg EB, Jordan L, Grothaus L, Cherkin D. Adjunctive naturopathic care for type 2 diabetes: patient-reported and clinical outcomes after one year. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2012 Apr 18;12(1):44. PubMed
Green BB, Anderson ML, Cook AJ, Catz S, Fishman P, McClure JB, Reid R. Using body mass index data in the electronic health record to calculate cardiovascular risk. Am J Prev Med. 2012;42:342-7. PubMed
Catz SL, Thibodeau L, Bluespruce J, Yard SS, Seal DW, Amico KR, Bogart LM, Mahoney C, Balderson BH, Sosman JM. Prevention needs of HIV-positive men and women awaiting release from prison. AIDS Behav. 2012 Jan;16(1):108-20. PubMed
Bradley R, Sherman KJ, Catz S, Calabrese C, Jordan L, Grothaus L, Cherkin DC. Survey of CAM interest, self-care, and satisfaction with health care for type 2 diabetes at Group Health Cooperative. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2011 Dec 1;11(1):121. PubMed
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