I am a second year student in Dr. Christopher Cushing’s Pediatric Health Insight Team (PHIT). My primary research interests are in understanding the microtemporal processes that influence healthy decision-making in youth. My research goals are to better explain the underlying mechanisms that mediate physical activity behaviors. Within Dr. Cushing’s PHIT, I utilize digital assessment tools to build complex models to describe behavioral health processes. I aspire to integrate innovative research methodologies and digital tools to advance not only psychological science but all of STEM. My long-term aim is to translate these findings into clinical interventions (e.g. just-in-time adaptive interventions, N-of-1 RCTs) for youth with chronic health conditions.
Fedele, D. A., Cushing, C.C., Fritz, A., Amaro, C., & Ortega, A. (2017). Mobile-health interventions for improving health outcomes in youth: A Meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics, 171(5), 461-469. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.0042
Lawless, C., Fritz, A.M., Ortega, A., Everhart, R.E., Baker, D.B., Abu Hasan, M., Delgado, S., & Fedele, D.A. (2016). Sleep in children with Cystic Fibrosis and their caregivers. Pediatric Pulmonology, 51, 473.
Ortega, A., Cushing, C.C. Developing empirical decision points for adaptive mHealth physical activity interventions: A Multilevel Survival Analysis. Poster to be presented at the Society of Pediatric Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Kichline, T., Ortega, A., Monzon, A., Schurman, J.V., Friesen, C., & Cushing, C.C. Physical activity as a moderator in this association between affect and pain intensity in children with functional gastrointestinal disorders using ecological momentary assessments. Poster to be presented at the Society of Pediatric Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Ortega, A., Bejarano, C., Kichline, T., Monzon, A., Cushing, C. C. (2018, October). Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of a network underwritten dynamic goals engine (NUDGE) program to promote physical activity in adolescents. Poster presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Kansas City, MO.
Kichline, T., Ortega, A., Storrer, B., Schurman, J.V., Friesen, C., Cushing, C.C. (2018, October). Using ecological momentary assessment and multilevel modeling to examine the relationship between activity-levels and chronic pain intensity in children with chronic abdominal pain. Poster presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Kansas City, MO.
Ortega, A., Bejarano, C., Monzon, A., Kichline, T., Reed, D., Cushing, C. C. (2018, April). Hedonic hunger modifies the effect of delay discounting on food consumption: An ecological momentary assessment and behavioral economics study. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
Ortega, A., Lawless, C., Fritz, A., Fedele, D.A. (2017, March). Parental sleep and adherence in children with Cystic Fibrosis. Poster presented at the University of Florida Undergraduate Research Symposium, Gainesville, FL.