I am a first year student in Dr. Christopher Cushing’s Pediatric Health Insight Team (PHIT). My primary research interests are in understanding the bio-behavioral processes that influence healthy decision-making in youth. My research goals are to better explain the underlying mechanisms that mediate healthy eating and physical activity behaviors. Within Dr. Cushing’s PHIT, I utilize digital assessment tools to build complex models to describe behavioral health processes. I aspire to integrate advanced research methodologies and digital tools to advance not only psychological science but all of STEM. My long-term aim is to translate these findings into clinical interventions (e.g. mHealth apps, just-in-time adaptive interventions) for youth with chronic health conditions.
Fedele, D. A., Cushing, C.C., Fritz, A., Amaro, C., & Ortega, A. (2017). Mobile-health interventions for improving health outcomes in youth: A Meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics, 171(5), 461-469. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.0042
Lawless, C., Fritz, A.M., Ortega, A., Everhart, R.E., Baker, D.B., Abu Hasan, M., Delgado, S., & Fedele, D.A. (2016). Sleep in children with Cystic Fibrosis and their caregivers. Pediatric Pulmonology, 51, 473.
Ortega, A., Lawless, C., Fritz, A., Fedele, D.A. (2017, March). Parental sleep and adherence in children with Cystic Fibrosis. Poster presented at the University of Florida Undergraduate Research Symposium, Gainesville, FL.
Lawless, C., Fritz, A.M., Ortega, A., Everhart, R.E., Baker, D., Abu Hasan, M., Delgado, S., Fedele, D.A. (2016, October). Sleep in children with Cystic Fibrosis and their caregivers. Poster presented at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Orlando, FL.
Ortega, A., Bailey, B., Chambers, A., Kishore, A., Heaton, S. (September, May). Executive functioning mediates the relationship between sleep fragmentation and internalizing symptoms. Poster presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Lawrence, KS.
Fedele, D.A., Cushing, C. C., Fritz, A., Amaro, C., Ortega, A. (2016, April). The effectiveness of mobile health interventions in pediatric populations. Oral paper presentation at the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, Atlanta, GA.
Chambers, A., Frias, A., Ortega, A., Mellot, E., Heaton, S. (2016, January). The relationship between childhood sleep initiation problems and verbal memory. Poster presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA.