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Robyn L. Shepardson, PhD

Clinical Research Psychologist

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Biography: Dr. Shepardson is a junior investigator with the Center for Integrated Healthcare (CIH). She is a licensed clinical psychologist based at the Syracuse VA Medical Center, where she maintains a part-time clinic in Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI). Prior to joining CIH in 2013, she completed an American Psychological Association accredited pre-doctoral psychology internship in health psychology/behavioral medicine at the Brown Clinical Psychology Training Consortium in Providence, RI. Dr. Shepardson earned both her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Syracuse University. She then completed clinical research training at CIH under the mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Funderburk.

Research Interests: Dr. Shepardson’s program of research aims to increase access to, and engagement in, mental and behavioral healthcare that incorporates Veterans’ treatment preferences. Her primary focus is developing, testing, and implementing brief, evidence-based interventions for anxiety and depression for Veterans seen in primary care through PC-MHI. She recently began a 5-year HSR&D-funded Career Development Award (CDA-2) in which she will develop, refine, and evaluate a brief evidence-based anxiety intervention designed to be acceptable to Veterans and feasible for providers to implement in the PC-MHI setting.

Dr. Shepardson’s other major line of research examines peer support in PC-MHI. She recently completed a pilot study to obtain provider and patient feedback on potential roles for peers in PC-MHI as well as barriers and facilitators to implementation of peer support in PC-MHI. Dr. Shepardson is also interested in identifying ways to incorporate behavioral medicine (sleep, pain, weight loss, health behavior change, adjustment to illness, etc.) and sexual health (erectile dysfunction, sexual risk reduction, etc.) into primary care behavioral health services. She has conducted research on sexual health, sexual risk behavior, and health behaviors including alcohol and hookah tobacco use.

Publications

Recent Publications:

*Maiden name was Fielder.

Beehler, G. P., Lilienthal, K. R., Possemato, K., Johnson, E. M., King, P. R., Shepardson, R. L., … Wray, L. O. (in press). Narrative review of provider behavior in Primary Care Behavioral Health: How process data can inform quality improvement. Families, Systems, & Health. doi:10.1037/fsh0000263

Shepardson, R. L., Tapio, J., & Funderburk, J. S. (2017). Self-management strategies for stress and anxiety used by non-treatment seeking Veteran primary care patients. Military Medicine, 182, e1747-1754. doi:10.7205/MILMED-D-16-00378

Funderburk, J. S., & Shepardson, R. L. (2017). Real-world program evaluation of integrated behavioral health care: Improving scientific rigor. Families, Systems, & Health, 35, 114-124. doi:10.1037/fsh0000253

Haibach, J. P., Haibach, M. A., Hall, K. S., Masheb, R. M., Little, M. A., Shepardson, R. L., … Goldstein, M. (2017). Military and Veteran health behavior research and practice: Challenges and opportunities. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 40, 175-193. doi:10.1007/s10865-016-9794-y

Shepardson, R. L., & Funderburk, J. S. (2016). Likelihood of attending treatment for anxiety among veteran primary care patients: Patient preferences for treatment attributes. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 23, 225-239. doi:10.1007/s10880-016-9462-y

Shepardson, R. L.
, Funderburk, J. S., & Weisberg, R. B. (2016). Adapting evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral interventions for anxiety for use with adults in integrated primary care settings. Families, Systems, & Health, 34, 114-127. doi:10.1037/fsh0000175

Shepardson, R. L., & Hustad, J. T. P. (2016). Hookah tobacco smoking during the transition to college: Prevalence of other substance use and predictors of initiation. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 18, 763-769. doi:10.1093/ntr/ntv170

Shepardson, R. L., Walsh, J. L., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2016). Benefits of hooking up: Self-reports from first-year college women. International Journal of Sexual Health, 28, 216-220. doi:10.1080/19317611.2016.1178677

Carey, K. B., Durney, S., Shepardson, R. L., & Carey, M. P. (2015). Precollege predictors of incapacitated rape among female students in their first Finishyear of college. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 6, 829-837. doi:10.15288/jsad.2015.76.829.

Funderburk, J. S., Shepardson, R. L., & Krenek, M. (2015). Brief behavioral interventions for symptoms of depression and insomnia in university primary care. Journal of American College Health, 63, 398-402. doi:10.1080/07448481.2015.101503

Funderburk, J. S., & Shepardson, R. L. (2015). Recent advances in primary care behavioral health. Current Opinion in Psychology, 5, 37-41.

Carey, K. B., Durney, S., Shepardson, R. L.,& Carey, M. P. (2015). Incapacitated and forcible rape of college women: Prevalence across the first year. Journal of Adolescent Health, 56, 678-680.

Shepardson, R. L., Funderburk, J. S., Pigeon, W. R., & Maisto, S. A. (2014). Insomnia treatment experience and preferences among Veterans Affairs primary care patients. Military Medicine, 179, 1072-1076.

Shepardson, R. L., & Funderburk, J. S. (2014). Implementation of universal behavioral health screening in a university health setting. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 21, 253-266.

Funderburk, J. S., & Fielder, R. L. (2014). The Academy: Integrating behavioral health and primary care. [Review of the website http://integrationacademy.ahrq.gov produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.] Families, Systems, & Health, 32(3), 357-360.

Walsh, J. L., Fielder, R. L., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2014). Dual method use among a sample of first-year college women. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 46, 73-81.

Fielder, R. L., Walsh, J. L., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2014). Sexual hookups and adverse health outcomes: A longitudinal study of first-year college women. Journal of Sex Research, 51(2), 131-144.

Walsh, J. L., Fielder, R. L., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2014). Do alcohol and marijuana use decrease the probability of condom use for college women? Journal of Sex Research, 51(2), 145-158.

Fielder, R. L., Walsh, J. L., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2013). Predictors of sexual hookups: A theory-based, prospective study of first-year college women. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 1425-1441.

Walsh, J. L., Fielder, R. L., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2013). Female college students’ media use and academic outcomes: Results from a longitudinal cohort study. Emerging Adulthood, 1(3), 219-232.

Fielder, R. L. (2013). Sexual functioning. In M. D. Gellman & J. R. Turner (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine (pp. 1774-1777). New York, NY: Springer.

Fielder, R. L. (2013). Sexual hookup. In M. D. Gellman & J. R. Turner (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine (pp. 1777-1778). New York, NY: Springer.

Fielder, R. L., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2013). Acceptability of sexually transmitted infection testing using self-collected vaginal swabs among college women. Journal of American College Health, 61, 46-53.

Fielder, R. L., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2013). Are hookups replacing romantic relationships? A longitudinal study of first-year female college students. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52, 657-659.

Fielder, R. L., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2013). Hookah, cigarette, and marijuana use: A prospective study of smoking behaviors among first-year college women. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 2729-2735. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.07.006

Funderburk, J. S., & Fielder, R. L. (2013). Primary mental health care model in a university health clinic: An advanced practicum experience. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 7, 112-122.

Walsh, J. L., Fielder, R. L., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2013). Changes in women’s condom use over the first year of college. Journal of Sex Research, 50, 128-138.

Fielder, R. L., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2012). Predictors of initiation of hookah tobacco smoking: A one-year prospective study of first-year college women. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26, 963-968.

Fielder, R. L., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2012). Prevalence, frequency, and initiation of hookah tobacco smoking among first-year female college students: A one-year longitudinal study. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 221-224.

Funderburk, J. S., Fielder, R. L., DeMartini, K. S., & Flynn, C. A. (2012). Integrating behavioral health services into a university health center: Patient and provider satisfaction. Families, Systems, and Health, 30, 130-140.

Fielder, R. L., & Carey, M. P. (2010). Predictors and consequences of sexual “hookups” among college students: A short-term prospective study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39, 1105-1119.

Fielder, R. L., & Carey, M. P. (2010). Prevalence and characteristics of sexual hookups among first-semester female college students. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 36, 346-359.

Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Fielder, R. L., & Carey, M. P. (2010). Sexual risk reduction interventions for patients attending sexually transmitted disease clinics in the United States: A meta-analytic review, 1986 to early 2009. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 40, 191-204.

Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., Kalichman, S. C., Carey, M. P., & Fielder, R. L. (2008). Stress management interventions for HIV+ adults: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials, 1989 to 2006. Health Psychology, 27, 129-139.

Presentations

Recent Presentations:

*Maiden name was Fielder.

Funderburk, J. S., Shepardson, R. L., Possemato, K., & Goodie, J. (2017, March). Innovative approaches to improving engagement and effectiveness of interventions in integrated primary care. Symposium presented at the 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.

Shepardson, R. L., Funderburk, J. S., Possemato, K., & Barrie, K. (2017, March). Patient and provider acceptability of group medical visits for depression and uncontrolled hypertension. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.

Shepardson, R. L., Tapio, J., & Funderburk, J. S. (2017, March). Self-management strategies for stress and anxiety used by non-treatment seeking primary care patients. Poster presented at the 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.

Funderburk, J. S., & Shepardson, R. L. (2017, March). Primary care and behavioral health integration within the VA and DoD: Where we stand? Paper presented at the 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.

Funderburk, J. S., Shepardson, R. L., Wray, J. M., Acker, J., Possemato, K., Beehler, G., & Wray, L. O. (2017, March). Brief behavioral interventions for behavioral medicine concerns for use in adult primary care settings: A systematic review. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.

Shepardson, R. L.
,
& Funderburk, J. S. (2016, October). Incorporating peer support services into integrated primary care. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Conference of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, Charlotte, NC.

Shepardson, R. L.
(2016, May). Brief interventions for anxiety in Primary Care Behavioral Health. Invited webinar presentation, Collaborative Family Healthcare Association Primary Care Behavioral Health Special Interest Group.

Shepardson, R. L., Bernstein, L. I., & Funderburk, J. S. (2016, March). Suicide risk among primary care patients reporting current anxiety symptoms. Poster presented at the 36th Annual Anxiety and Depression Conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Philadelphia, PA.

Shepardson, R. L., & Funderburk, J. S. (2016, March). Exploring treatment preferences among Veteran primary care patients reporting anxiety symptoms. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Anxiety and Depression Conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Philadelphia, PA.

Funderburk, J. S., Wray, J., Shepardson, R. L., & Maisto, S. A. (2016, March). Evaluation of a brief alcohol intervention training for integrated behavioral health providers in primary care. Paper presented at the 37th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

Shepardson, R. L., & Funderburk, J. S. (2015, October). How do integrated behavioral health providers treat anxiety in routine clinical practice? Paper presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, Portland, OR.

Shepardson, R. L., & Funderburk, J. S. (2015, April). What do non-treatment seeking Veteran primary care patients do to self-manage anxiety? Poster presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Miami, FL.

Funderburk, J. S., Beehler, G. P., King, P. R., Shepardson, R. L., & Goodie, J. (2015, April). Using evidence-based measures in integrated primary care to improve quality of service. Symposium presented at the 36th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX.

Funderburk, J. S., Shepardson, R. L., Crasta, D., & Maisto, S. A. (2015, April). Training and administration of behavioral health screens within the Veterans Health Administration. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX.

Shepardson, R. L., & Funderburk, J. S. (2014, October). Adapting evidence-based interventions for anxiety for use in integrated primary care settings. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, Washington, DC.

Shepardson, R. L., Funderburk, J. S., & Hunter, C. L. (2014, October). Patients with anxiety symptoms seen by VA and USAF integrated behavioral health providers: Comorbid symptoms and brief interventions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, Washington, DC.

Funderburk, J. S., Shepardson, R. L., Beehler, G., Lister, Z., Sieber, W., Kallenberg, G., Baker, M., Meadows, T., & Hosterman, S. (2014, October). Implementing a primary care behavioral health model of care: How do you evaluate it? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, Washington, DC.

Funderburk, J., Pigeon, W., Maisto, S., & Fielder, R. L. (2014, April). Brief behavioral activation for depressed veterans in primary care: A pilot study of effectiveness and acceptability. Paper presented at the 35th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

Fielder, R. L., & Hustad, J. T. (2014, April). Hookah tobacco smoking during the transition to college: Prevalence of other substance use and predictors of initiation. Paper presented at the 35th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

Walsh, J. L., Fielder, R. L., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2014, March). Self-reported benefits of hookups for college women: Results from qualitative study. Paper submitted for presentation at the 15th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Austin, TX.

Walsh, J. L., Fielder, R. L., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2013, November). Prevalence and predictors of dual method contraception use among college women. Paper to be presented at the 141st Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Boston, MA.

Walsh, J. L., Fielder, R. L., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2013, October). Prevalence and predictors of dual method contraception use in emerging adulthood. Paper presented at the 6th Conference on Emerging Adulthood, Chicago, IL.

Walsh, J. L., Fielder, R. L., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2013, October). Initiating casual sex during the first year of college: Timing and predictors. Paper presented at the 6th Conference on Emerging Adulthood, Chicago, IL.

Sweeney, S. M., Vanable, P. V., Fielder, R. L., Carey, K. B., & Carey, M. P. (2013, March). Social norms and sexual hookups among first-year college women. Poster session presented at the 34th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA.

Grants

Recent Grants:

Principal investigator. (2017-2022). Improving primary care anxiety treatment engagement and effectiveness. VA Health Services Research & Development Career Development Award-2 (CDA-2), $606,340.

Principal investigator.
(2016). Exploring Stakeholder Ideas for Incorporating Peer Support into PC-MHI. Center for Integrated Healthcare Pilot Grant, $10,781.

Principal Investigator. (2015). How do integrated behavioral health providers treat anxiety in routine clinical practice? Center for Integrated Healthcare Pilot Grant, $3,825.

Principal Investigator. (2014-2015). Anxiety Treatment Preferences among Veteran Primary Care Patients. Center for Integrated Healthcare Pilot Grant, $6,513.

Principal Investigator. (2014-2015). How do integrated behavioral health providers treat anxiety in routine clinical practice? Collaborative Family Healthcare Association Research Fellowship, $1,000.

Co-Investigator. (2014-2015). Brief Alcohol Intervention Training for Integrated Providers in Primary Care—Part II (PI: Funderburk). VA Substance Use Disorder Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) Locally Initiated Project, $10,000.

Co-Investigator. (2014-2015). Developing a Quality Improvement Tool for the VISN 2 Behavioral Health Laboratory Depression Medication Monitoring Program (PI: Funderburk). VA Mental Health Quality Enhancement Research Initiative Locally Initiated Project, $5,000.

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