Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Dr. Zelikovsky is a health psychologist with specialized training in pediatric chronic illness. Her clinical interests across the life span focus on patient and family adjustment to health conditions. Specially, this involves assisting clients in acceptance and understanding of their condition, identifying psychosocial factors impacting adherence to medical regimens, and intervening to promote psychological adjustment, healthy behaviors, and enhance social supports.
Dr. Zelikovsky currently has two lines of research in health psychology. Her research team at La Salle University focuses on health attitudes and health behaviors among undergraduate students. Recent studies have investigated the role of psychological factors (health locus of control, beliefs about medications, emotional regulation, self-efficacy, problem-solving and social support) on health behaviors (adherence to medical recommendations, use of complementary medicine, and physical activity). Her research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has focused on adolescent kidney transplant patients. Specifically, studies have investigated psychosocial factors (depression, health related quality of life, family conflict) and cognitive factors (perceived barriers, negative health beliefs) associated with poor illness management and non-adherence prior to and post organ transplant. Currently, she is involved in multi-site randomized controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of a behavior, problem-solving intervention and electronic pillbox monitoring to enhance adolescent adherence. Undergraduate, Masters level, and Doctoral students are encouraged to participate.
Dr. Zelikovsky enjoys hiking the Philadelphia area trails with her family. She also likes yoga, photography, and drawing.
Areas of Expertise
Health and Pediatric Psychology, Adjustment to Chronic Illness, Organ Transplantation, Adherence to Medical Regimens
- B.A. Psychology, SUNY Binghamton
- M.S. Clinical Psychology, Ohio University
- Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Ohio University
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida
- Licensed Psychologist (Pennsylvania)
- PSY 711: Human Diversity
- PSY 751: Clinical Health Psychology I
- PSY 752: Advanced Health Psychology II
- PSY 787: Supervision and Management
- PSY 784: Consultation and Education
- PSY 782-783: Practicum Seminar
Myers, S., Endres, M.A, Ruddy, M.E., & Zelikovsky, N. (2012). Psychology graduate training in the era of online social networking. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 6(1), 28-36.
Zelikovsky, N., Dobson, T. & Norman, J. (2011). Medication beliefs and perceived barriers in adolescent renal transplant patients and their parents. Pediatric Nephrology, 26(6), 953-959.
Zelikovsky, N. & Schast, A. (2008). Eliciting accurate reports of adherence in a clinical interview: The development of the Medical Adherence Measure. Pediatric Nursing, 34(2), 141-146.
Moore, D.A., Wesley, K., Becker, R.E., Wright, V. & Zelikovsky, N. (2012, April). Correlates of medication beliefs in an undergraduate population. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
Tarves, E., Brault, M., Ellway, K., Ruddy, M., Endres, M. & Zelikovsky, N. (2012, April). Health Locus of Control, medical adherence, and distress in college students. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
Zelikovsky, N., Dobson, T., Miller, M., & Skira, K. (2011, June). Depressive symptoms and non-adherence in adolescent renal transplant patients. Paper presented at the International Pediatric Transplant Association Congress, Montreal, Canada.
Dobson, T., Zelikovsky, N., Miller, M., & Skira, K. (2010, Dec). The experience of immunosuppressant side effects in adolescent renal transplant patients and its relationship to barriers of medication taking. Paper presented at the Pediatric Conference of the International Transplant Nurses Society, Pittsburgh, PA.
Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM)
Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP)
American Society of Transplantation (AST)
International Pediatric Transplant Association (IPTA)
International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS)