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Talks at Twelve: Emily Chen and Catherine Riffin

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Priority Research Areas in Palliative Care: Findings from a Mixed Method, Multi-Stakeholder Research Project
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Emily Chen
Human Development, Cornell University

Catherine Riffin
Human Development, Cornell University

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Talks at Twelve: Catherine Riffin

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Communication and Treatment Planning among Older Adults with Chronic Non-Cancer Pain
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Catherine Riffin
Human Development, Cornell University

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Palliative Care symposium at Gerontological Society of America meeting

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Pillemer, Riffin, Chen

Pillemer, Riffin, and Chen

Cary Reid, Catherine Riffin, Cara Kenien (TRIPLL associate director), Karl Pillemer, and Emily Chen of the Stern Foundation-funded Palliative Care Project organized a 90-minute symposium at the Gerontological Society of America annual meeting  (New Orleans, Nov 22).  The symposium, Identifying Research Gaps in Palliative Care Using a Multifaceted Approach, included four papers that resulted from the Palliative Care Project. Discussant Keela Herr, professor of nursing at Iowa State, provided expert commentary and feedback at the end. About 45 people attended and a lively Q&A session followed.

Symposium: Identifying Research Gaps in Palliative Care Using a Multifaceted Approach

  • Developing a Research Agenda for Palliative Care: A Three-part Method - Reid, Pillemer, Riffin, Chen
  • Research Recommendations in the Palliative Care Literature - Riffin, Reid, Chen, Pillemer
  • Research Recommendations from a Telephone Survey of Thought Leaders in Palliative Care - Chen, Riffin, Pillemer, Reid
  • Reconciling Research and Practitioner Priorities for Palliative Care through a Consensus Conference - Pillemer, Reid, Chen, Riffin

 

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Talks at Twelve: Catherine Riffin, Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Communication and Treatment Planning among Older Adults with Chronic Non-Cancer Pain
Catherine Riffin, Human Development, Cornell University

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
12:00pm -1:00pm
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room



This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall.

Chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) is a pervasive and debilitating health problem for older adults. However, little is known about when and why older adults seek advice from others (e.g., relatives, friends) about pain treatment. This talk will present the findings from semi-structured interviews with Hispanic and non-Hispanic older adults with CNCP. Themes derived from qualitative analyses will explore patients’ social and decisional preferences regarding their pain care. Clinical implications and future research directions will also be discussed.

Catherine Riffin is currently a fourth year doctoral student in Human Development. Upon completing her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 2008, she pursued pediatric anxiety research at Brown Medical School. Since arriving at Cornell, she has begun to explore the relational and psychological components of aging. Her primary line of research now concerns the impact of chronic pain on family relationships in later life.

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Student Profile: Catherine Riffin

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Catherine’s primary line of research at the BCTR concerns the impact of chronic pain on family relationships. As a member of Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL), she works under the direction of Drs. Karl Pillemer and Cary Reid in examining how older parents’ chronic pain has implications for their adult children’s psychological well-being. She is also currently involved in a project concerning research priorities in the field of palliative care (PIs: Karl Pillemer, PhD and Cary Reid, MD).

Catherine is currently a third year doctoral student in Human Development. Upon completing her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 2008, she pursued pediatric anxiety research at Brown Medical School. While at Brown, she developed a strong interest in exploring how the early years of development serve as the foundation for subsequent trajectories, and how family relationships foster salubrious outcomes in later life. In particular, she studied between- and within-family differences in coping with childhood anxiety and related disorders. At Cornell, she has continued to investigate intergenerational relationships with a focus on adult interactions by applying the dyadic mechanisms present in the formative years of life to parent-child relationships in adulthood. Her research now concerns both the relational and psychological components of providing care to an older parent in pain.

Catherine recently completed her master’s thesis, which focused on the association between care recipient personality and caregiver health. Her hope is that this work will have direct clinical implications for family involvement in the treatment and care of older adults. Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Catherine hopes to obtain a post-doctoral position in a research institution or faculty position in an academic setting. Her goal is to merge research and practice within the context of her work on chronic pain and family caregiving.

Catherine enjoys being in the great outdoors, swimming in the ocean (or any body of water!) and spending time with friends and family.

 

See the Student Profiles page for more BCTR student stories.

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Talks at Twelve: Catherine Riffin, Thursday, April 19, 2012

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Chronic Pain and Caregiving: A Review and Preliminary Analysis
Catherine Riffin, graduate student, Human Development, Cornell Univ.

Thursday, April 19, 2012
12:00-1:00pm
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room



Chronic pain is a debilitating and pervasive health concern that affects not only the individual sufferer, but also the family system at large. With the rapidly growing older population, adult children are becoming increasingly involved in the care of their aging parents. Surprisingly, research has not examined the impact of older parents’ chronic pain symptoms on their adult children. This talk will address the following questions: 1) Does chronic pain in older parents affect the parent – adult child relationship; 2) What factors may moderate the association between chronic pain and relationship quality; and 3) Does the personality of the chronic pain sufferer play a role in shaping caregiver health? Analyses of data from two separate large-scale studies will be presented, and suggestions for a research agenda on this topic will be discussed.

Catherine Riffin is currently a second year doctoral student in Human Development, in the College of Human Ecology. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 2008, and subsequently pursued pediatric anxiety research at Brown Medical School. Since beginning her graduate studies at Cornell, she has begun to explore the relational and psychological components of aging. Her primary line of research now concerns the impact of chronic pain on family relationships in later life.

Lunch will be served. This talk is open to all.  Metered parking is available across Plantations Rd. in The Plantations lot.

 

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