Faculty Sketch

Shelagh A. Mulvaney, PhD

Assistant Professor


Current Research Interests

Development and testing of technology-assisted (Internet, mobile, informatics) patient and family behavior change interventions; Improvement of adherence in pediatric and adolescent diabetes, obesity, and other chronic illnesses; Problem solving and psychosocial barriers to adherence; Enhancing problem solving skills for adherence; Design and testing of measures to assess behavioral factors associated with adherence; Health program evaluation and services research; Research design, measurement, statistics. Dr. Mulvaney has secondary appointments in Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics.



R03 (for K23 KD065294)
Rothman (PI) 7/01/08-12/30/10

NIH (NIDDK) – Improving Problem Solving Skills for Adolescents with T2DM. Enhancing an RC.
The purpose of this grant is to adapt the web-based intervention (developed by Dr. Mulvaney) for a population with type 2 diabetes and integrate with a comprehensive disease management program that will be pilot tested in the Eskind Pediatric Diabetes Clinic. Role: Co-Investigator.

1R18HS018168-01  AHRQ
Johnson (PI) 09/30/09-7/31/13

My MediHealth: A paradigm for children-centered medication management.
The purpose of this grant is to explore the vision of medication management in an era with interoperable medication history and other data. Role: Co-investigator

Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) VI

Bernard (PI) 07/01/10-06/30/14

This research center is a collaboration between Vanderbilt and the Untied South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET) which includes 26 tribes. We propose to improve diabetes care and outcomes by using methods of Community Based Participatory Research to develop locally tailored, culturally appropriate, literacy-sensitive, multi-level interventions. We will develop and pilot an HIT toolkit as part of a comprehensive, culturally tailored diabetes-improvement program.  Role:  Co-Investigator

McKesson Foundation

Mulvaney (Co-PI) 07/11/11-06/30/13

Design and Testing of a Diabetes Intervention for Underserved Adults with Diabetes.
The purpose of this project is to design and test the impact of a mobile support system for low-income adults with type 2 diabetes within a community setting. The intervention will capitalize on text and interactive voice response to prompt and motivate medication adherence.

P30 NIH/NIDDK – Pilot & Feasibility

Mulvaney (PI) 07/11/11-06/30/16

Center for Diabetes Translational Research (CDTR).
Provide support for diabetes translational research. Content development and testing of a parent-adolescent internet and mobile adherence intervention in adolescent type 1 diabetes.

U54 RR023499 NIH  Renewal

Bernard (PI) 07/30/12-07/29/17

Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR)

Funds to update adolescent adherence website


Representative Publications

Harris MA, Hood KK, Mulvaney SA. (2012) Pumpers, Skypers, Surfers, & Texters: Technology to improve the management of diabetes in teenagers. Diabetes Obesity & Metabolism. Mar 24. [Epub ahead of print]


Mulvaney SA, Lilley J, Cavanaugh K, Rothman RL. (In press). Validation of the Diabetes Numeracy Test with adolescents. Journal of Health Communication.


Mulvaney SA, Rothman RL, Dietrich MS, Wallston KA, Grove E, Elasy TA, Johnson KB. (2012). Using mobile phones to measure adolescent diabetes adherence. Health Psychology. 31(1):43-50. Epub 2011 Oct 3.


Mulvaney SA, Anders S, Smith AK, Johnson KB. (2012). A pilot test of a tailored mobile and web-based diabetes messaging system for adolescents. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 18(2): 115-118.


Mulvaney SA, Hood KK, Schlundt DG, Osborn DG, Johnson KB, Rothman RL, Wallston KA. (2011). Development and initial validation of the barriers to diabetes adherence measure for adolescents. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 94: 77-83.


Mulvaney SA, Ritterband LM, Bosslet L. (2011) (Invited). Mobile intervention design in diabetes: Review and recommendations. Current Diabetes Reports, 1-8.


Wong K, Potter A, Mulvaney SA, Russell WE, Schlundt DG, Rothman RL. (2010). Pediatric endocrinologists’ management of children with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Care, 33(3): 512-514.


Mulvaney, SA, Rothman RL, Osborn CY, Lybarger C, Dietrich MS, Wallston KA. (2010). Self-management problem solving for adolescents with type 1 diabetes: Intervention processes associated with an internet program. Patient Education & Counseling. 85(2):140-142. Epub 2010 Oct 27.


Osborn CY, Satterwhite L, Mulvaney SA, Hess R. (2010). Patient web portals to improve diabetes outcomes: A systematic review. Current Diabetes Reports. 10(6): 422-435.


Mulvaney SA, Rothman RL, Wallston KA, Lybarger C, Dietrich MS. (2010). An internet-based program to improve self-management in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 33(3): 602-604.


Rothman RL, Yin HS, Mulvaney SA, Patrick JT, Homes C, Lannon C. (2009). Health literacy and quality: Focus on chronic illness care and patient safety. Pediatrics. 124(3): 315-326.


Mulvaney SA. (2009) (Invited). Improving patient problem solving to reduce barriers to diabetes self-management. Clinical Diabetes. 27(3): 99-104.


Mulvaney SA. (2009) (Invited). Improving self-care in young people with diabetes – the importance of self-efficacy. Diabetes Voice. 54: 24-27.


Rothman, RL, Mulvaney SA, Elasy TA, VanderWoude A, Shintani A, Gebretsadik T, Potter A, Russell WE, Schlundt D. (2008). Self-management behaviors, racial disparities, and glycemic control among adolescents with type 2 diabetes. Pediatrics. 121.


Mulvaney SA, Bickman L, Giuse NB, Lambert EW, Sathe NA, Jerome RN. (2008). A randomized effectiveness trial of a clinical informatics consult service: Impact on evidence based decision-making and knowledge implementation. Journal of American Medical Informatics Association. 15(2): 203-211.


Peterson N, Mulvaney SA, Dwyer K. (2008). Computer and Internet use in a community health clinic population. Medical Decision Making. 29(2): 202-206.


Skinner AC, Weinberger M, Mulvaney SA, Schlundt D, Rothman RL. (2008). Accuracy of perceptions of overweight and relation to self-care behaviors among adolescents with type 2 diabetes and their parents. Diabetes Care. 31: 227-229.


Mulvaney SA, Mudasiru E, Schlundt D, Baughman CL, Fleming M, VanderWoude A, Russell B, Elasy TA, Rothman RL. (2008). Self-management in type 2 diabetes: The adolescent perspective. Diabetes Educator. 34(4): 674-682.


Pagoto SL, Spring B, Coups EJ, Mulvaney SA, Coutu M, Ozakinci G. (2007). Barriers and facilitators of evidence-based practice perceived by behavioral science health professionals. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 63(7): 965-705.


Peterson NB, Dwyer, KA, Mulvaney SA, Dietrich MS, Rothman RL. (2007). The influence of health literacy on colorectal cancer screening knowledge, beliefs and behavior. Journal of the National Medical Association. 99: 1105-1112.


Mulvaney SA, Lambert W, Garber J, Walker L. (2006). Trajectories of symptoms and impairment: A 5 year longitudinal study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 45(6): 737-744.


Mulvaney, SA, Kaemingk K, Goodwin J, Quan S. (2006). Parent-related behavior problems associated with overweight before and after controlling for sleep disordered breathing. BMC Pediatrics. 6(34).


Mulvaney SA, Schlundt DG, Mudasiru E, Fleming M, VanderWoude A, Elasy T, Russell B, Rothman R. (2006). Parent perceptions of caring for adolescents with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 29(5): 993-997.


Professional Organizations

2000-               Member, American Psychological Association, Division of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54)

2004-               Member, Society for Behavioral Medicine (SBM)

2005-               Member, American Diabetes Association (ADA)
2007-               Investigator, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Child Development
2007-               Member, International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD)
2007-               Member, International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII)
2007-               Core Faculty, Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center
2008-               Member, Behavioral Research in Diabetes Group Exchange (BRIDGE)
2008-               Reviewer, Diabetes UK Project Grants
2009-               Ad Hoc Reviewer, ARRA Grants Peer Review, NIH
2009-               Member, Vanderbilt Eskind Pediatric Diabetes Clinic Advisory Board
2009-               Core Faculty, Vanderbilt Program on Effective Health Communication
2009-               Reviewer, Research Abstract Review Committee, American Diabetes Association
2011-2012       Grant Reviewer, NIDDK, NIH
2011-               Editorial Board, Health Psychology, APA publications
2011-               Elected Member, Vanderbilt Faculty Senate (3-year term)
2011-               Appointed Member, National Diabetes Education Program, NIH
2012-2013       Co-President, Behavioral Research Group in Diabetes (BRIDGE)
2012-               Assistant Director, Vanderbilt Program on Effective Health Communication