Interdisciplinary Research Studies
Dr. Kestemberg is involved in various ongoing research projects with faculty in different departments at Molloy University. Graduate students in the clinical mental health counseling program can become involved in these projects.
Some exciting projects that Dr. Kestemberg is working on include:
- The relationship between parenting stress and social affect in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Dr. Kestemberg has started a study investigating which specific features of ASD contribute to the levels of parenting stress in parents with children diagnosed with autism. Together with Laura De Gennaro, M.S., Clinical Coordinator at the Center for Autism and Child Development, she has been collecting data since 2013 on parents and children. These families are already participants in the TIME - A research study at Molloy's Rebecca Center for Music Therapy.
Results from the data collected as part of this research project was presented as a paper at the APA annual convention of the American Psychological Association on August 10, 2014 in Washington D.C., entitled: The Relationship between Parenting Stress and Social Affect in Children with ASD. The paper was presented as part of a panel on Early Risk and Family Factors in Division 33 of APA (Division of Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders). This study is ongoing and more data is being collected. In 2014, Dr. Kestemberg was awarded a Faculty Scholarship Research Grant Award.
- The Effects of Parent Intervention on Parenting Stress with parents raising children with ASD
Incorporating her interests in group psychotherapy, stress reduction, and mindfulness, Dr. Kestemberg began running support groups for parents who have children with autism. She began a study investigating if participation in a parent support group for parents of children with ASD helps decrease levels of parenting stress. These support and informational groups for parents have been running at the Rebecca Center for Music Therapy and are co-led with Laura De Gennaro, M.S. These groups for parents ran all summer and resumed again in the fall of 2014.
This research was accepted as an Educational Session at the Annual Convention of the ACA, American Counseling Association, and was presented in March 2015, in Orlando, FL.
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