Available online at: http://www.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/quality-of-life-issues-in-vasculitis
Carpenter, D.M., Kadis, J.A., Hogan, S.L., DeVellis, R.F., Jordan, J.M. The effect of medication-related support on the quality of life of vasculitis patients in relapse and remission. Journal of Rheumatology, 38(4): 709-15.
The goal of teaching is not merely to pass a body of knowledge from instructor to students but to encourage students to build upon that body of knowledge. I believe students should leave a course with an understanding of why the subject is important and the ability to confidently apply knowledge and skills learned during the course. As an instructor, I strive to create a dynamic class environment that emphasizes creativity and critical analysis of course material. It is my responsibility to provide students with relevant information in an actively engaging yet safe learning environment. It is the student’s responsibility to complete course readings and assignments, participate in class discussions, and grapple with concepts to understand how course material is applicable in his or her context. Students offer fresh and diverse perspectives on a subject that can enhance learning for other students as well as the instructor; thus, I consider group discussion a key learning method in my courses. It is my hope that the students I teach will eventually become contributors in the field in which I taught them.
Health behavior theory
Carpenter, D.M., DeVellis, R.F., Hogan, S.L., Fisher, E.B., DeVellis, B.M., Jordan, J.M. (2011) Use and perceived credibility of medication information sources for patients with a rare illness: Differences by gender. Journal of Health Communication, 16(6): 629-642.
The purpose of Dr. Carpenter’s postdoctoral training is to develop a more holistic understanding of how different sources, such as physicians, spouses, and the media, influence the self-management behaviors of individuals living with chronic illness. She is currently working with Dr. Betsy Sleath at the School of Pharmacy and Dr. Robert DeVellis at the Thurston Arthritis Research Center (TARC).
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Accessing Social Support in Symptom Treatment (ASSIST) Study (2007-2009)
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Robert DeVellis
Dr. Carpenter’s dissertation research assessed the information-seeking behaviors of vasculitis patients, determined whether patients received conflicting medication information, and modeled how social support and information-seeking influenced patient medication adherence. She collected primary data as part of the ASSIST Study and found that more than half of patients received conflicting medication information, which had a direct negative effect on medication adherence. The title of her dissertation is Understanding the Effects of Conflicting Information on Medication Adherence for Vasculitis Patients.