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Department of Psychology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Ph.D., Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida (1995)
M.S., Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida (1992)
B.S., Psychology, University of Florida (1990)
Dr. Sears is currently overseeing research projects conducted at East Carolina University and the University of Florida. These studies are examining:
- Shock Acceptance Strategies: Sedation in DFT Testing
- The Female Perspective: Women & ICDs
- Peri-Operative ICD Patient Education
- Pros and Cons of Receiving an ICD
- Psychosocial Adjustment of Young ICD Patients
- Acute Patient Response to ICD Shocks
- Patient Perceptions of ICD-OptiVol Technology in the Treatment of Heart Failure
- Sleep Quality and ICD Patients
Selected publications in peer refereed journals:
Sears, S.F., Matchett, M., & Conti, J.B. (2009). Effective management of ICD patient psychosocial issues and patient critical events. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, 20, 1297-1304.
Sears, S.F., Vazquez, L.D., Matchett, M., & Pitzalis, M. (in press). State-of-the-art: Anxiety management in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Stress and Health.
Sears, S.F., St Amant, J., & Zeigler, V. (in press). Psychosocial considerations for children and young adolescents with implantable cardioverter defibrillators: An update. Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology.
Passman, R., Kadish, A., & Sears, S.F. (2009). HRQL with defibrillator therapy or amiodarone in heart failure. New England Journal of Medicine, 360, 188-189.
Kirian, K.B., Sears, S.F., Shea, J.B. (2009). How to respond to an implantable cardioverter defibrillator recall. Circulation, 119, 189-191.
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