Public Health Studies seniors present research at the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Conference

Sydney Barlow ’24 and Cole Carney ’24 shared their research, mentored by Cindy Fair, at the conference in San Diego.

Two Elon students mentored by Professor of Public Health Studies and Human Service Studies and Watts/Thompson Professor Cindy Fair recently presented their research at the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Conference in San Diego.

Sydney Barlow, Leadership Prize Recipient, presented her research titled “After all those years in the orphanage, now he’s doing great:” A qualitative longitudinal study of resilience in internationally adopted children and adolescents with PHIV. Her research analyzed interviews with the parents of the internationally adopted children to identify experiences of resilience throughout their childhood.

“I have been fortunate to have received the Leadership Prize to work towards putting action in the next steps of the research,” Barlow said. “This work has opened my eyes in the world of HIV stigma and research and has truly been a transformative experience since starting in October 2021. Elon has provided me ample opportunities to receive funding and training to become a stronger researcher during my time at Elon.”

Barlow and Fair’s research is under review in the Journal for Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies.

Carney Carney, Honors Fellow and Lumen Scholar, presented his research titled, “Health Care Utilization in the College Setting: Perspectives of Emerging Adults with Type 1 Diabetes.” He investigated how ancillary health services are utilized by students with T1D. To study this question, Carney interviewed college students with T1D, their parents, and their providers. This research allowed him to learn about health care transition and the management of T1D during adolescence and emerging adulthood.

“Presenting at SAHM was meaningful because I was able to speak with health care professionals and students who have a stake in adolescent health and even an endocrinologist who showed interest in my work,” Carney said. “Hearing from leaders in the field through the breakout sessions further inspired me to continue caring about adolescent health as I pursue medical school.”

Fair said she was impressed by the development she saw in these students. “It was a real honor to watch Sydney and Cole present their years-long research to leading practitioners and researchers in the field of adolescent medicine,” Fair said.