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Heather Stuckey

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionCollege of Medicine
Address500 University Drive Hershey PA 17033
Mailbox: HO39
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    Assistant Professor




    Dr. Stuckey’s research focuses on improving the education, self-management support and psychological distress of people with diabetes and other chronic disease. Using medical humanities-based models and problem-solving techniques, she works with qualitatative methods (narrative, video, arts-based inquiry, observations, interviews, focus groups) to determine how adults make meaning of their illness and how the medical community can respond to support patients and their families. She has been the leader in developing web-site interventions that are built to help people problem-solve by looking at strategies that have worked in real-life scenarios. Using her adult education background and creativity, she takes a systems approach in not only improving knowledge, but providing social and emotional support as part of her interventions. She has also co-edited a book on transformation and the arts, and has written several NIH grants to become an expert in mixed methods research applied to behavioral science.

    Dr. Stuckey serves on doctoral committees, assists multiple students at Penn State Hershey with their Medical Student Research projects, and facilities problem-based learning courses. She completed a post-doctoral appointment at Penn State Harrisburg in the Office of Research Affairs and at the Hershey Medical Center in Endocrinology. She was a fellow at the Office of Behavioral Social Sciences Research Randomized Clinical Trials in 2010.

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    1. Williams JL, Rahm AK, Zallen DT, Stuckey H, Fultz K, Fan AL, Bonhag M, Feldman L, Segal MM, Williams MS. Impact of a Patient-Facing Enhanced Genomic Results Report to Improve Understanding, Engagement, and Communication. J Genet Couns. 2018 Apr; 27(2):358-369. PMID: 29204811.
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    2. Sekhar DL, Kraschnewski JL, Stuckey HL, Witt PD, Francis EB, Moore GA, Morgan PL, Noll JG. Opportunities and challenges in screening for childhood sexual abuse. Child Abuse Negl. 2017 Aug 11. PMID: 28807480.
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    3. Haidet P, Jarecke J, Yang C, Teal CR, Street RL, Stuckey H. Using Jazz as a Metaphor to Teach Improvisational Communication Skills. Healthcare (Basel). 2017 Aug 04; 5(3). PMID: 28777345.
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    4. Pinelli V, Stuckey HL, Gonzalo JD. Exploring challenges in the patient's discharge process from the internal medicine service: A qualitative study of patients' and providers' perceptions. J Interprof Care. 2017 Sep; 31(5):566-574. PMID: 28686486.
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    5. Pool AC, Kraschnewski JL, Poger JM, Smyth J, Stuckey HL, Craig TJ, Lehman EB, Yang C, Sciamanna CN. Impact of online patient reminders to improve asthma care: A randomized controlled trial. PLoS One. 2017; 12(2):e0170447. PMID: 28158200.
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    6. Stuckey HL, Mullan-Jensen C, Kalra S, Reading J, Wens J, Vallis M, Kokoszka A, Malek R, Kovacs Burns K, Piana N, Skovlund SE, Peyrot M. Living with an adult who has diabetes: Qualitative insights from the second Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs (DAWN2) study. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2016 Jun; 116:270-8. PMID: 27321345.
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    7. Haidet P, Jarecke J, Adams NE, Stuckey HL, Green MJ, Shapiro D, Teal CR, Wolpaw DR. A guiding framework to maximise the power of the arts in medical education: a systematic review and metasynthesis. Med Educ. 2016 Mar; 50(3):320-31. PMID: 26896017.
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    8. Williams JL, Rahm AK, Stuckey H, Green J, Feldman L, Zallen DT, Bonhag M, Segal MM, Fan AL, Williams MS. Enhancing genomic laboratory reports: A qualitative analysis of provider review. Am J Med Genet A. 2016 May; 170A(5):1134-41. PMID: 26842872.
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    9. Stuckey HL, Vallis M, Kovacs Burns K, Mullan-Jensen CB, Reading JM, Kalra S, Wens J, Kokoszka A, Skovlund SE, Peyrot M. "I Do My Best To Listen to Patients": Qualitative Insights Into DAWN2 (Diabetes Psychosocial Care From the Perspective of Health Care Professionals in the Second Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs Study). Clin Ther. 2015 Sep; 37(9):1986-1998.e12. PMID: 26169765.
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    10. Stuckey H, Williams JL, Fan AL, Rahm AK, Green J, Feldman L, Bonhag M, Zallen DT, Segal MM, Williams MS. Enhancing genomic laboratory reports from the patients' view: A qualitative analysis. Am J Med Genet A. 2015 Oct; 167A(10):2238-43. PMID: 26086630; PMCID: PMC4744953.
    11. Peyrot M, Egede LE, Funnell MM, Hsu WC, Ruggiero L, Siminerio LM, Stuckey HL. Ethnic differences in family member diabetes involvement and psychological outcomes: results from the second Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs (DAWN2) study in the USA. Curr Med Res Opin. 2015; 31(7):1297-307. PMID: 25907127.
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    12. Funnell MM, Bootle S, Stuckey HL. The diabetes attitudes, wishes and needs second study. Clin Diabetes. 2015 Jan; 33(1):32-6. PMID: 25653471; PMCID: PMC4299747.
    13. Peyrot M, Egede LE, Campos C, Cannon AJ, Funnell MM, Hsu WC, Ruggiero L, Siminerio LM, Stuckey HL. Ethnic differences in psychological outcomes among people with diabetes: USA results from the second Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes, and Needs (DAWN2) study. Curr Med Res Opin. 2014 Nov; 30(11):2241-54. PMID: 25079662.
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    14. Stuckey HL, Mullan-Jensen CB, Reach G, Kovacs Burns K, Piana N, Vallis M, Wens J, Willaing I, Skovlund SE, Peyrot M. Personal accounts of the negative and adaptive psychosocial experiences of people with diabetes in the second Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs (DAWN2) study. Diabetes Care. 2014 Sep; 37(9):2466-74. PMID: 24973437.
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    15. Sciamanna CN, Patel VA, Kraschnewski JL, Rovniak LS, Messina DA, Stuckey HL, Curry WJ, Chuang CH, Sherwood LL, Hess SL. A strength training program for primary care patients, central Pennsylvania, 2012. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 Jun 26; 11:E107. PMID: 24967829; PMCID: PMC4075490.
    16. Gonzalo JD, Yang JJ, Stuckey HL, Fischer CM, Sanchez LD, Herzig SJ. Patient care transitions from the emergency department to the medicine ward: evaluation of a standardized electronic signout tool. Int J Qual Health Care. 2014 Aug; 26(4):337-47. PMID: 24737836.
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    17. Pool AC, Kraschnewski JL, Cover LA, Lehman EB, Stuckey HL, Hwang KO, Pollak KI, Sciamanna CN. The impact of physician weight discussion on weight loss in US adults. Obes Res Clin Pract. 2014 Mar-Apr; 8(2):e131-9. PMID: 24743008; PMCID: PMC4264677.
    18. Thiboutot J, Sciamanna CN, Falkner B, Kephart DK, Stuckey HL, Adelman AM, Curry WJ, Lehman EB. Effects of a web-based patient activation intervention to overcome clinical inertia on blood pressure control: cluster randomized controlled trial. J Med Internet Res. 2013 Sep 04; 15(9):e158. PMID: 24004475; PMCID: PMC3785979.
    19. Nicolucci A, Kovacs Burns K, Holt RI, Comaschi M, Hermanns N, Ishii H, Kokoszka A, Pouwer F, Skovlund SE, Stuckey H, Tarkun I, Vallis M, Wens J, Peyrot M. Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs second study (DAWN2™): cross-national benchmarking of diabetes-related psychosocial outcomes for people with diabetes. Diabet Med. 2013 Jul; 30(7):767-77. PMID: 23711019.
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    20. George DR, Stuckey HL, Whitehead MM. An arts-based intervention at a nursing home to improve medical students' attitudes toward persons with dementia. Acad Med. 2013 Jun; 88(6):837-42. PMID: 23619065.
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    21. Kraschnewski JL, Sciamanna CN, Stuckey HL, Chuang CH, Lehman EB, Hwang KO, Sherwood LL, Nembhard HB. A silent response to the obesity epidemic: decline in US physician weight counseling. Med Care. 2013 Feb; 51(2):186-92. PMID: 23047128.
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    22. George DR, Stuckey HL, Whitehead MM. How a creative storytelling intervention can improve medical student attitude towards persons with dementia: a mixed methods study. Dementia (London). 2014 May; 13(3):318-29. PMID: 24770946.
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    23. George DR, Yang C, Stuckey HL, Whitehead MM. Evaluating an arts-based intervention to improve medical student attitudes toward persons with dementia using the dementia attitudes scale. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Aug; 60(8):1583-5. PMID: 22889026.
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    24. Kraschnewski JL, Sciamanna CN, Pollak KI, Stuckey HL, Sherwood NE. The epidemiology of weight counseling for adults in the United States: a case of positive deviance. Int J Obes (Lond). 2013 May; 37(5):751-3. PMID: 22777541; PMCID: PMC4429525.
    25. Stuckey HL, Olmsted T, Mincemoyer RS, Gabbay RA. What do people with diabetes talk about on a diabetes social networking web site? J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2012 May 01; 6(3):716-7. PMID: 22768905; PMCID: PMC3440035.
    26. Hwang KO, Stuckey HL, Chen MC, Kraschnewski JL, Forjuoh SN, Poger JM, McTigue KM, Sciamanna CN. Primary care providers' perspectives on online weight-loss programs: a big wish list. J Med Internet Res. 2012 Jan 19; 14(1):e16. PMID: 22262726; PMCID: PMC3846343.
    27. Kraschnewski JL, Stuckey HL, Rovniak LS, Lehman EB, Reddy M, Poger JM, Kephart DK, Coups EJ, Sciamanna CN. Efficacy of a weight-loss website based on positive deviance. A randomized trial. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Dec; 41(6):610-4. PMID: 22099238.
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    28. Sciamanna CN, Kiernan M, Rolls BJ, Boan J, Stuckey H, Kephart D, Miller CK, Jensen G, Hartmann TJ, Loken E, Hwang KO, Williams RJ, Clark MA, Schubart JR, Nezu AM, Lehman E, Dellasega C. Practices associated with weight loss versus weight-loss maintenance results of a national survey. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Aug; 41(2):159-66. PMID: 21767723.
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    29. George DR, Stuckey HL, Dillon CF, Whitehead MM. Impact of participation in TimeSlips, a creative group-based storytelling program, on medical student attitudes toward persons with dementia: a qualitative study. Gerontologist. 2011 Oct; 51(5):699-703. PMID: 21665958; PMCID: PMC3247803.
    30. Schubart JR, Stuckey HL, Ganeshamoorthy A, Sciamanna CN. Chronic health conditions and internet behavioral interventions: a review of factors to enhance user engagement. Comput Inform Nurs. 2011 Feb; 29(2 Suppl):TC9-20. PMID: 21372645.
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    31. Schubart JR, Stuckey HL, Ganeshamoorthy A, Sciamanna CN. Chronic health conditions and internet behavioral interventions: a review of factors to enhance user engagement. Comput Inform Nurs. 2011 Feb; 29(2):81-92. PMID: 21164337.
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    32. Stuckey HL, Boan J, Kraschnewski JL, Miller-Day M, Lehman EB, Sciamanna CN. Using positive deviance for determining successful weight-control practices. Qual Health Res. 2011 Apr; 21(4):563-79. PMID: 20956609; PMCID: PMC3612888.
    33. Thiboutot J, Stuckey H, Binette A, Kephart D, Curry W, Falkner B, Sciamanna C. A web-based patient activation intervention to improve hypertension care: study design and baseline characteristics in the web hypertension study. Contemp Clin Trials. 2010 Nov; 31(6):634-46. PMID: 20837163; PMCID: PMC2969841.
    34. Stuckey HL, Nobel J. The connection between art, healing, and public health: a review of current literature. Am J Public Health. 2010 Feb; 100(2):254-63. PMID: 20019311; PMCID: PMC2804629.
    35. Stuckey HL, Tisdell EJ. The role of creative expression in diabetes: an exploration into the meaning-making process. Qual Health Res. 2010 Jan; 20(1):42-56. PMID: 19926796.
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    36. Stuckey HL, Dellasega C, Graber NJ, Mauger DT, Lendel I, Gabbay RA. Diabetes nurse case management and motivational interviewing for change (DYNAMIC): study design and baseline characteristics in the Chronic Care Model for type 2 diabetes. Contemp Clin Trials. 2009 Jul; 30(4):366-74. PMID: 19328244; PMCID: PMC2740652.
    37. SIEGEL PS, ALEXANDER IE, STUCKEY HL. The change in specific gravity of the blood plasma of the rat during severe water privation. Am J Physiol. 1947 Oct 01; 150(4):729-32. PMID: 20268851.
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    38. SIEGEL PS, STUCKEY HL. The diurnal course of water and food intake in the normal mature rat. J Comp Physiol Psychol. 1947 Oct; 40(5):365-70. PMID: 20267828.
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    39. SIEGEL PS, STUCKEY HL. An examination of some factors relating to the voluntary water intake of the rat. J Comp Physiol Psychol. 1947 Aug; 40(4):271-4. PMID: 20260238.
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