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  • Jessica Edwards George, PhD

    • Staff Psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children's Hospital  
    • Assistant Professor (Clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Departments of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Pediatrics
    • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

    Background Information

    Jessica Edwards George, PhD, joined the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center in 2010.  She is an Assistant Professor (Clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in the Departments of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Pediatrics.

    Edwards George is a licensed psychologist who specializes in children and families with gastrointestinal illnesses, food allergies, and internalizing disorders.  She is a staff psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children's Hospital, primarily conducting her clinical work in outpatient psychiatry, pediatric gastroenterology, and the food allergy program.

    Edwards George earned her undergraduate degree at Binghamton University-State University of New York (SUNY) and completed her graduate studies at Northeastern University.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School/Worcester State Hospital, and did her postdoctoral fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children's Hospital, with a specialization in pediatric psychology and gastrointestinal disorders.

    Research Interests

    Edwards George's primary research interests lie broadly in the areas of dietary adherence and psychological and behavioral correlates of adherence to medically necessary dietary regimens in pediatric populations, such as children with gastrointestinal disorders and food allergies.   

    Selected Publications

    • Edwards George, J.B., Leffler, D.A., Dennis, M.D., Franko, D.L., Blom-Hoffman, J., & Kelly, C.P. (2009). Psychological correlates of gluten-free diet adherence in adults with celiac disease. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, 43, 301-306.

    • Leffler, D.A., Edwards George, J.B., Dennis, M., Cook, E.F., Schuppan, D., & Kelly, C. (2007). A prospective comparative study of five measures of gluten-free diet adherence in adults with celiac disease. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 26(9), 1227-1235.

    • Leffler, D.A., Edwards George, J.B., Dennis M.D., Schuppan, D., Cook, F., Franko, D.L., Blom-Hoffman, J., & Kelly, C.P. (2008). Factors that influence adherence to the gluten-free diet in adults with celiac disease. Digestive Diseases and Sciences, 53(6), 1573-1581.

    • Leffler, D.A., Dennis, M.D., Edwards George, J.B., Jamma, S., Cook, F., Schuppan, D., & Kelly, C.P. (2009). A validated disease-specific symptom index for adults with celiac disease. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 7, 1328-1334.

    • Leffler, D.A., Dennis, M.D., Edwards George, J.B., Jamma, S., Magge, S., Cook, F., Schuppan, D., & Kelly, C.P. (2009). A simple validated gluten free diet adherence survey for adults with celiac disease. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 7, 530-536.

    • Garud, S., Leffler, D.A., Dennis, M., Edwards George, J.B., Saryan, D., Sheth, S., Schuppan, D., Jamma, S. & Kelly, C.P. (2009). Interaction between psychiatric and autoimmune disorders in celiac disease patients in the United States. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 29, 898-905.

    • Leffler, D.A., Dennis, M., Edwards George, J.B., & Kelly, C.P. (2007). The interaction between eating disorders and celiac disease: An exploration of ten cases. European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 19(3), 251-255.

    • Franko, D. & Edwards George, J.B.(2008). A pilot intervention to reduce eating disorder risk in Latina women.  European Eating Disorders Review, 16, 436-441.

    • Edwards George, J.B. & Franko, D. (2009). Culture issues in eating disorders among children and adolescents.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35, 231-242.

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