Victoria Rio is a clinical research assistant at PolicyLab and the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Ms. Rio works with Dr. Jami Young on projects implementing adolescent interpersonal depression prevention programs in primary care and school settings. She also assists with a study examining prior physical and psychological functioning and follow-up actions taken by primary care providers in adolescents at-risk for suicidality.
Prior to joining CHOP full-time, Ms. Rio graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minors in consumer psychology and Hispanic studies. As an undergraduate, she volunteered with Dr. Young on a multi-site trial examining long-term benefits of personalized depression prevention for adolescents. She also helped coordinate a study of pain experience and attitudes toward acupuncture among adolescent cancer patients and survivors in the CHOP Section on Behavioral Oncology. Additionally, Ms. Rio conducted a study examining the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy in reducing symptom severity and improving quality of life in patients with a chronic gastrointestinal disease.
These experiences fostered a passion for helping children and families battling chronic illness, which Ms. Rio plans to pursue through graduate studies and a career in pediatric psychology.