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Winner of the APA Div. 20 Student Poster Award

Featuring student member Christina Pierpaoli, winner of the 2015 Div. 20 Student Poster Award.

By Walter Boot

We are pleased to announce the winner of the APA Div. 20 Student Poster Award for APA 2015: Christina Pierpaoli. Her poster title was: “Feelings of Usefulness in Later Life Predict Active Coping with Chronic Osteoarthritic Knee Pain.” Christina is a graduate council research fellow and second year student in the clinical geropsychology doctoral program at the University of Alabama under the mentorship of Patricia A. Parmelee, PhD. Broadly, Christina's research explores associations of chronic illness (e.g. osteoarthritis, HIV/AIDS, obesity) with psychological health in older adults. Current areas of inquiry include: how feelings of usefulness to others in later life predict active (versus passive) coping strategies with chronic pain; daily variability in subjective age and corresponding health appraisals; and obesity and its linkages with pain, depression, and activity patterns among adults with osteoarthritis. Her original and co-authored work has been published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, featured in Evidence Based Treatments for Eating Disorders: Children, Adolescents and Adults and presented at the American Psychological Association and Gerontological Society of America's national conferences. Christina was a Killam Fellow at the University of Toronto, and graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude , with a bachelor's degree in psychology from American University in Washington, D.C. She currently serves as president of the Association for Women in Science at the University of Alabama. Congratulations Christina.