Melinda Shuler, BSBA, RRT, RCP, NDC, HHS, AE-C, serves as the regional clinical supervisor of the Regional Asthma Disease Management Program of Mission Children’s Hospital, in Asheville, North Carolina. This program is recognized as a National Asthma Demonstration Site, one of 13 in the nation, by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. This program was also the 2012 Health Care Provider Recipient of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management. Ms. Shuler is also principal investigator, project manager, and grant administrator for the National Asthma Control Initiative of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the EPA Asthma Grant of Western North Carolina. Ms. Shuler holds a bachelor of science and business administration degree from Western Carolina University and an associate of applied science degree in respiratory care from Southwestern Community College in Sylva, North Carolina. Ms. Shuler received the 2011 Asthma Champion Award at the North Carolina Asthma Summit.
David Fedele, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. Dr. Fedele’s professional training is in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in pediatric psychology. He earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University in 2012, completed his pre-doctoral internship training as a pediatric psychology resident at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 2011-2012, and remained at Brown as a T32 postdoctoral fellow before beginning work at the University of Florida. Dr. Fedele’s program of research focuses on psychosocial aspects of pediatric chronic illnesses, including how health behaviors, adherence to treatment regimens, and the family system affect health outcomes. His recent work has predominantly focused on youth diagnosed with asthma and their families. Dr. Fedele has been awarded grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and the American Lung Association to design and implement family- and community-based interventions that seek to reduce morbidity and encourage disease self-management (e.g., adherence) for youth diagnosed with asthma.
Stuart Tousman, PhD, is a professor of health psychology at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia, where he has taught courses in research methods, statistics, and behavior change and currently teaches learning and memory. His research is in asthma self-management. Dr. Tousman is also the president of the Virginia Asthma Coalition and an active member of the Greater Roanoke Valley Asthma and Air Quality Coalition. He also recently served as the Chair of the 2016 Association of Asthma Educators Annual Conference. Dr. Tousman received his PhD from Binghamton University, State University of New York; his master of science degree also from Binghamton University; and his bachelor of science degree from The Ohio State University.
Lisa Johnson, RRT, RCP, BAS, AE-C, is a health sciences instructor at Greene County Public Schools. Over the past several years, she has assisted with a research project, the Eastern Carolina Asthma Prevention Program (ECAPP), that provides home-based visits that target environmental triggers in the homes of children with asthma. Knowledge, behavior, and clinical components are measured at the beginning and end to determine whether interventions (education, control, compliance, and environmental supplies) have improved asthma management. Emergency department, hospitalization, urgent care visits, and respiratory symptoms are recorded throughout the study.