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Maija Reblin, PhD

Academic Rank: Assistant Member

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Overview


Discipline

    • Supportive Care Medicine
    • Health Outcomes and Behavior
    • Neuro-Oncology
    • Health Outcomes & Behavior Program

Education & Training

Fellowship:

  • University of Utah, PhD - Social and Health Psychology
  • University of Utah, MA - Social and Health psychology
Research

Cancer impacts not only those who are diagnosed, but also family members—often spouses/partners--who act as caregivers. Often the impact of cancer on family caregivers is overlooked. Though some may benefit from providing care, taking on a caregiving role can negatively impact psychological and physical health. Therefore, there is a critical need for research to better understand the cancer caregiver experience and improve outcomes for caregivers of advanced cancer patients. Dr. Reblin’s research focuses on how the social context, including interpersonal communication, impacts the psychological and physical health of cancer family caregivers. Dr. Reblin has successfully obtained grants from both the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society to support her interdisciplinary research program, including an American Cancer Society Palliative Care Mentored Research Scholar Award. Several recently-completed projects were focused on advanced cancer family caregivers’ interactions with home hospice nurses, and these led to a new project focused on caregiver interactions with hospice interdisciplinary care teams. Dr. Reblin also studies interactions outside the clinic; For example, one study focuses on how interactions between caregivers and patients at home impact caregiver health and well-being. Building on this observational work, Dr. Reblin is currently working to develop interventions leveraging existing caregiver strengths and resources to improve the caregiving experience.

Publications

  • Vinci C, Pidala J, Lau P, Reblin M, Jim H. A mindfulness-based intervention for caregivers of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients: Pilot results. Psychooncology. 2020 May.29(5):934-937. Pubmedid: 32043667.
  • Reblin M, Otto AK, Ketcher D, Vadaparampil ST, Ellington L, Heyman RE. In-home conversations of couples with advanced cancer: Support has its costs. Psychooncology. 2020 May. Pubmedid: 32419243.
  • Ketcher D, Ellington L, Baucom BRW, Clayton MF, Reblin M. "In Eight Minutes We Talked More About Our Goals, Relationship, Than We Have in Years": A Pilot of Patient-Caregiver Discussions in a Neuro-Oncology Clinic. J Fam Nurs. 2020 May.26(2):126-137. Pubmedid: 32475300.
  • Ketcher D, Otto AK, Reblin M. Caregivers of Patients With Brain Metastases: A Description of Caregiving Responsibilities and Psychosocial Well-being. J Neurosci Nurs. 2020 Mar.52(3):112-116. Pubmedid: 32175992. Pmcid: PMC7196019.
  • Litzelman K, Reblin M, McDowell HE, DuBenske LL. Trajectories of social resource use among informal lung cancer caregivers. Cancer. 2020 Jan.126(2):425-431. Pubmedid: 31626343. Pmcid: PMC6952577.
  • Conley CC, Ketcher D, Reblin M, Kasting ML, Cragun D, Kim J, Ashing KT, Knott CL, Hughes-Halbert C, Pal T, Vadaparampil ST. The big reveal: Family disclosure patterns of BRCA genetic test results among young Black women with invasive breast cancer. J Genet Couns. 2020 Jan.29(3):410-422. Pubmedid: 31912597.
  • Otto AK, Ketcher D, Heyman RE, Vadaparampil ST, Ellington L, Reblin M. Communication between Advanced Cancer Patients and Their Family Caregivers: Relationship with Caregiver Burden and Preparedness for Caregiving. Health Commun. 2020 Jan.1-8. Pubmedid: 31910681.
  • Ray CD, Harvey J, Floyd K, Bonito JA, Reblin M. Mixed Messages: II. Outcomes Associated with the Proportion and Placement of Negative Statements in Support Messages. Health Commun. 2020 Feb.1-10. Pubmedid: 32066269.
  • Bloom RD, Beck S, Chou WS, Reblin M, Ellington L. In Their Own Words: Experiences of Caregivers of Adults With Cancer as Expressed on Social Media. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2019 Sep.46(5):617-630. Pubmedid: 31424447.
  • Terrill AL, MacKenzie JJ, Reblin M, Einerson J, Ferraro J, Altizer R. A Collaboration Between Game Developers and Rehabilitation Researchers to Develop a Web-Based App for Persons With Physical Disabilities: Case Study. JMIR Rehabil Assist Technol. 2019 Sep.6(2):e13511. Pubmedid: 31573927. Pmcid: PMC6789424.
  • Hudson J, Reblin M, Clayton MF, Ellington L. Addressing cancer patient and caregiver role transitions during home hospice nursing care. Palliat Support Care. 2019 Oct.17(5):523-530. Pubmedid: 29761752. Pmcid: PMC6237667.
  • Oliver DP, Tappana J, Washington KT, Rolbiecki A, Craig K, Demiris G, Schafer C, Winjobi M, Clayton MF, Reblin M, Ellington L. Behind the doors of home hospice patients: A secondary qualitative analysis of hospice nurse communication with patients and families. Palliat Support Care. 2019 Oct.17(5):579-583. Pubmedid: 30841945. Pmcid: PMC6732050.
  • Reblin M, Sahebjam S, Peeri NC, Martinez YC, Thompson Z, Egan KM. Medical Cannabis Use in Glioma Patients Treated at a Comprehensive Cancer Center in Florida. J Palliat Med. 2019 Oct.22(10):1202-1207. Pubmedid: 31081711.
  • Clayton MF, Iacob E, Reblin M, Ellington L. Hospice nurse identification of comfortable and difficult discussion topics: Associations among self-perceived communication effectiveness, nursing stress, life events, and burnout. Patient Educ Couns. 2019 Oct.102(10):1793-1801. Pubmedid: 31227332. Pmcid: PMC6717031.
  • Kasting ML, Conley CC, Hoogland AI, Scherr CL, Kim J, Thapa R, Reblin M, Meade CD, Lee MC, Pal T, Quinn GP, Vadaparampil ST. A randomized controlled intervention to promote readiness to genetic counseling for breast cancer survivors. Psychooncology. 2019 May.28(5):980-988. Pubmedid: 30883986. Pmcid: PMC6873464.
  • Reblin M, Baucom BRW, Clayton MF, Utz R, Caserta M, Lund D, Mooney K, Ellington L. Communication of emotion in home hospice cancer care: Implications for spouse caregiver depression into bereavement. Psychooncology. 2019 May.28(5):1102-1109. Pubmedid: 30883985. Pmcid: PMC6506350.
  • Birmingham WC, Reblin M, Kohlmann W, Graff TC. Difference of Opinion: Spousal Influence on Cancer Risk-reducing Behavior. Am J Health Behav. 2019 May.43(3):582-590. Pubmedid: 31046888.
  • Reblin M, Stanley NB, Galligan A, Reed D, Quinn GP. Family dynamics in young adult cancer caregiving: "It should be teamwork". J Psychosoc Oncol. 2019 Mar.37(4):526-540. Pubmedid: 30916616.
  • Martinez YC, Ellington L, Vadaparampil ST, Heyman RE, Reblin M. Concordance of cancer related concerns among advanced cancer patient-spouse caregiver dyads. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2019 Jul.38(2):143-155. Pubmedid: 31342865.
  • Kane L, Clayton MF, Baucom BR, Ellington L, Reblin M. Measuring Communication Similarity Between Hospice Nurses and Cancer Caregivers Using Latent Semantic Analysis. Cancer Nurs. 2019 Jul. Pubmedid: 31356461. Pmcid: PMC6982541.
  • Reblin M, Kasting ML, Nam K, Scherr CL, Kim J, Thapa R, Meade CD, Lee MC, Pal T, Quinn GP, Vadaparampil ST. Health beliefs associated with readiness for genetic counseling among high risk breast cancer survivors. Breast J. 2019 Jan.25(1):117-123. Pubmedid: 30488655. Pmcid: PMC6464122.
  • Ketcher D, Reblin M. Social networks of caregivers of patients with primary malignant brain tumor. Psychol Health Med. 2019 Dec.24(10):1235-1242. Pubmedid: 31109196. Pmcid: PMC6759394.
  • Otto AK, Gonzalez BD, Heyman RE, Vadaparampil ST, Ellington L, Reblin M. Dyadic effects of distress on sleep duration in advanced cancer patients and spouse caregivers. Psychooncology. 2019 Dec.28(12):2358-2364. Pubmedid: 31518026. Pmcid: PMC6898749.
  • Ketcher D, Trettevik R, Vadaparampil ST, Heyman RE, Ellington L, Reblin M. Caring for a spouse with advanced cancer: similarities and differences for male and female caregivers. J Behav Med. 2019 Dec. Pubmedid: 31845168.
  • Taber JM, Ellis EM, Reblin M, Ellington L, Ferrer RA. Knowledge of and beliefs about palliative care in a nationally-representative U.S. sample. PLoS One. 2019 Aug.14(8):e0219074. Pubmedid: 31415570. Pmcid: PMC6695129.
  • Xu J, Ellington L, Heyman RE, Vadaparampil ST, Reblin M. Money matters: an analysis of advanced cancer couples' communication about financial concerns. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Aug.28(5):2239-2246. Pubmedid: 31446485.
  • Reblin M, Ketcher D, Forsyth P, Mendivil E, Kane L, Pok J, Meyer M, Wu YP, Agutter J. Outcomes of an electronic social network intervention with neuro-oncology patient family caregivers. J Neurooncol. 2018 Sep;139(3):643-649. Pubmedid: 29808340. Pmcid: PMC6126960.
  • Reblin M, Sutton SK, Vadaparampil ST, Heyman RE, Ellington L. Behind closed doors: How advanced cancer couples communicate at home. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2018 Oct.37(2):228-241. Pubmedid: 30372376.
  • Vinci C, Reblin M, Jim H, Pidala J, Bulls H, Cutolo E. Understanding preferences for a mindfulness-based stress management program among caregivers of hematopoietic cell transplant patients. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2018 Nov.33:164-169. Pubmedid: 30396616. Pmcid: PMC6435265.
  • Ellington L, Clayton MF, Reblin M, Donaldson G, Latimer S. Communication among cancer patients, caregivers, and hospice nurses: Content, process and change over time. Patient Educ Couns. 2018 May;101(3):414-421. Pubmedid: 28964559. Pmcid: PMC5857410.
  • Han CJ, Chi NC, Han S, Demiris G, Oliver DP, Washington K, Clayton MF, Reblin M, Ellington L. Communicating Caregivers' Challenges With Cancer Pain Management: An Analysis of Home Hospice Visits. J Pain Symptom Manag. 2018 May;55(5):1296-1303. Pubmedid: 29360571. Pmcid: PMC5899943.
  • Reblin M, Heyman RE, Ellington L, Baucom BRW, Georgiou PG, Vadaparampil ST. Everyday couples' communication research: Overcoming methodological barriers with technology. Patient Educ Couns. 2018 Mar;101(3):551-556. Pubmedid: 29111310.
  • Oliver DP, Washington K, Demiris G, Wallace A, Propst MR, Uraizee AM, Craig K, Clayton MF, Reblin M, Ellington L. Shared Decision Making in Home Hospice Nursing Visits: A Qualitative Study. J Pain Symptom Manag. 2018 Mar.55(3):922-929. Pubmedid: 29128433. Pmcid: PMC6335643.
  • Reblin M, Birmingham WC, Kohlmann W, Graff T. Support and negation of colorectal cancer risk prevention behaviors: analysis of spousal discussions. Psychol Health Med. 2018 Jun.23(5):548-554. Pubmedid: 28984149.
  • Reblin M, Small B, Jim H, Weimer J, Sherwood P. Mediating burden and stress over time: Caregivers of patients with primary brain tumor. Psychooncology. 2018 Feb.27(2):607-612. Pubmedid: 28801927.
  • Lai D, Cloyes KG, Clayton MF, Doyon K, Reblin M, Beck AC, Ellington L. WE'RE THE EYES AND THE EARS, BUT WE DON'T HAVE A VOICE: PERSPECTIVES OF HOSPICE AIDES. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2018 Feb.20(1):47-54. Pubmedid: 29403331. Pmcid: PMC5795615.
  • Terrill AL, Reblin M, MacKenzie JJ, Cardell B, Einerson J, Berg CA, Majersik JJ, Richards L. Development of a novel positive psychology-based intervention for couples post-stroke. Rehabil Psychol. 2018 Feb.63(1):43-54. Pubmedid: 29553781. Pmcid: PMC5862074.
  • Reblin M, Ketcher D, Forsyth P, Mendivil E, Kane L, Pok J, Meyer M, Wu YP, Agutter J. Feasibility of implementing an electronic social support and resource visualization tool for caregivers in a neuro-oncology clinic. Support Care Cancer. 2018 Dec.26(12):4199-4206. Pubmedid: 29948397. Pmcid: PMC6204082.
  • Xu J, Yang R, Wilson A, Reblin M, Clayton MF, Ellington L. Using Social Network Analysis to Investigate Positive EOL Communication. J Pain Symptom Manag. 2018 Aug;56(2):273-280. Pubmedid: 29723565. Pmcid: PMC6086370.
  • Stanley NB, Quinn G, Reed D, Galligan A, Reblin M. Support for Young Adult Cancer Patients: Perspectives of Patients and their Mothers. J Cancer Educ. 2018 Aug.34(6):1097-1102. Pubmedid: 30083846.
  • Ellington L, Cloyes KG, Xu J, Bellury L, Berry PH, Reblin M, Clayton MF. Supporting home hospice family caregivers: Insights from different perspectives. Palliat Support Care. 2018 Apr;16(2):209-219. Pubmedid: 28464961. Pmcid: PMC5670030.
  • Terrill AL, Ellington L, John KK, Latimer S, Xu J, Reblin M, Clayton MF. Positive emotion communication: Fostering well-being at end of life. Patient Educ Couns. 2018 Apr;101(4):631-638. Pubmedid: 29241975. Pmcid: PMC5878994.
  • Clayton MF, Hulett J, Kaur K, Reblin M, Wilson A, Ellington L. Nursing Support of Home Hospice Caregivers on the Day of Patient Death. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2017 Jul;44(4):457-464. Pubmedid: 28632241. Pmcid: PMC5480962.
  • Reblin M, Clayton M, Xu J, Hulett J, Latimer S, Donaldson G, Ellington L. Caregiver, patient, and nurse visit communication patterns in cancer home hospice. Psychooncology. 2017 Dec;26(12):2285-2293. Pubmedid: 28029712. Pmcid: PMC5489378.
  • Ellington L, Billitteri J, Reblin M, Clayton MF. Spiritual Care Communication in Cancer Patients. Semin Oncol Nurs. 2017 Dec;33(5):517-525. Pubmedid: 29107530.
  • Reblin M, Wu YP, Pok J, Kane L, Colman H, Cohen AL, Mendivil E, Warner EL, Meyer M, Agutter J. Development of the Electronic Social Network Assessment Program Using the Center for eHealth and Wellbeing Research Roadmap. JMIR Hum Factors. 2017 Aug.4(3):e23. Pubmedid: 28855149. Pmcid: PMC5597796.
  • Ellington L, Clayton MF, Reblin M, Cloyes K, Beck AC, Harrold JK, Harris P, Casarett D. Interdisciplinary Team Care and Hospice Team Provider Visit Patterns during the Last Week of Life. J Palliat Med. 2016 May;19(5):482-487. Pubmedid: 27104950.
  • Reblin M, Clayton MF, John KK, Ellington L. Addressing Methodological Challenges in Large Communication Data Sets: Collecting and Coding Longitudinal Interactions in Home Hospice Cancer Care. Health Commun. 2016 Jul;31(7):789-797. Pubmedid: 26580414. Pmcid: PMC4853241.
  • Reblin M, Cloyes KG, Carpenter J, Berry PH, Clayton MF, Ellington L. Social support needs: discordance between home hospice nurses and former family caregivers. Palliat Support Care. 2015 Jun;13(3):465-472. Pubmedid: 24528800. Pmcid: PMC4838180.
  • Tabler J, Utz RL, Ellington L, Reblin M, Caserta M, Clayton M, Lund D. Missed Opportunity: Hospice Care and the Family. J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care. 2015;11(3-4):224-243. Pubmedid: 26654059. Pmcid: PMC4741375.
  • Tjia J, Talebreza S, Reblin M, Beck A, Ellington L. Scramble or script: responding to new Medicare billing for medications in hospice. J Palliat Med. 2014 Oct.17(10):1085-1086. Pubmedid: 25259551. Pmcid: PMC4519054.
  • Clayton MF, Reblin M, Carlisle M, Ellington L. Communication behaviors and patient and caregiver emotional concerns: a description of home hospice communication. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2014 May;41(3):311-321. Pubmedid: 24769595.
  • Cloyes KG, Carpenter JG, Berry PH, Reblin M, Clayton M, Ellington L. "A True Human Interaction": Comparison of Family Caregiver and Hospice Nurse Perspectives On Needs of Family Hospice Caregivers. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2014 Jul.16(5):282-290. Pubmedid: 31007623. Pmcid: PMC6469496.
  • Reblin M, Otis-Green S, Ellington L, Clayton MF. Strategies to support spirituality in health care communication: a home hospice cancer caregiver case study. J Holist Nurs. 2014 Dec;32(4):269-277. Pubmedid: 24771665.
  • Ellington L, Cloyes K, Berry P, Thomas NT, Reblin M, Clayton MF. Complexities for hospice nurses in supporting family caregivers: opinions from U.S. thought leaders. J Palliat Med. 2013 Sep;16(9):1013-1019. Pubmedid: 23837448.
  • Smith TW, Uchino BN, MacKenzie J, Hicks AM, Campo RA, Reblin M, Grewen KM, Amico JA, Light KC. Effects of couple interactions and relationship quality on plasma oxytocin and cardiovascular reactivity: empirical findings and methodological considerations. Int J Psychophysiol. 2013 Jun;88(3):271-281. Pubmedid: 22543270. Pmcid: PMC5045263.
  • Ellington L, Reblin M, Berry P, Giese-Davis J, Clayton MF. Reflective research: supporting researchers engaged in analyzing end-of-life communication. Patient Educ Couns. 2013 Apr;91(1):126-128. Pubmedid: 23092615.
  • Ellington L, Reblin M, Clayton MF, Berry P, Mooney K. Hospice nurse communication with patients with cancer and their family caregivers. J Palliat Med. 2012 Mar;15(3):262-268. Pubmedid: 22339285. Pmcid: PMC3295856.
  • Ellington L, Kelly KM, Reblin M, Latimer S, Roter D. Communication in genetic counseling: cognitive and emotional processing. Health Commun. 2011 Oct;26(7):667-675. Pubmedid: 21660793.
  • Romesser J, Shen S, Reblin M, Kircher J, Allen S, Roberts T, Marchand WR. A preliminary study of the effect of a diagnosis of concussion on PTSD symptoms and other psychiatric variables at the time of treatment seeking among veterans. Mil Med. 2011 Mar;176(3):246-252. Pubmedid: 21456348.
  • Ellington L, Rebecca Poynton M, Reblin M, Latimer S, Bennett HK, Crouch B, Caravati EM. Communication patterns for the most serious poison center calls. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2011 Apr;49(4):316-323. Pubmedid: 21563908. Pmcid: PMC3167491.
  • Reblin M, Uchino BN, Smith TW. Provider and recipient factors that may moderate the effectiveness of received support: examining the effects of relationship quality and expectations for support on behavioral and cardiovascular reactions. J Behav Med. 2010 Dec;33(6):423-431. Pubmedid: 20568004.
  • Reblin M, Uchino BN. Social and emotional support and its implication for health. Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2008 Mar;21(2):201-205. Pubmedid: 18332671. Pmcid: PMC2729718.
  • Dingley CE, Clayton M, Lai D, Doyon K, Reblin M, Ellington L. Caregiver Activation and Home Hospice Nurse Communication in Advanced Cancer Care. Cancer Nurs. 40(5):E38-E50. Pubmedid: 27631112. Pmcid: PMC5830116.