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Steven L. Sayers, BA, MA, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center
Department: Psychiatry

Contact information
Philadelphia VAMC
3900 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-823-5196
Fax: 215-823-4123
B.A. (Psychology)
University of South Florida, Tampa , 1982.
M.A. (Clinical Psychology)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill , 1985.
PhD (Clinical Psychology, minor in Quantitative Psych.)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1990.
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Description of CVI Expertise

CVI Program Unit(s):
Lipid / Atherosclerosis / CAD / ACS / Prevention
Myocyte Biology / Heart Failure

CVI Research Description:
I am interested in psychosocial factors in the development of cardiovascular disease as well as the impact of these factors on the outcome of CVD. These factors include personality, psychiatric disorders, and family involvement in the process of care. I have conducted studies, with Rick Samaha, on the impact of social support on self-care of patients with heart failure, and rates of psychiatric disturbance in patients with heart failure.

Selected Publications

Tang, Hsin-Yi Jean, Sayers, Steven L., Weissinger, Guy, Riegel, Barbara: The Role of Depression in Medication Adherence Among Heart Failure Patients. Clinical Nursing Research. Sage Periodicals Press, 2013.

Riegel, Barbara, Ratcliffe, Sarah J., Weintraub, William S., Sayers, Steven L., Goldberg, Lee R., Potashnik, Sheryl, Weaver, Terri E., Pressler, Susan J.: Double jeopardy: the influence of excessive daytime sleepiness and impaired cognition on health-related quality of life in adults with heart failure. European Journal Of Heart Failure. Oxford Journals, 14(7): 730-736, 2012.

Sayers, Steven L.: Family reintegration difficulties and couples therapy for military veterans and their spouses. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. Elsevier Science, 18(1): 108-119, 2011.

Sayers, S.L.: Assessment of Couples. Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher (eds.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2009.

Sayers, S. L., Farrow, V. A., Ross, J., Oslin, D. W.: Family problems among recently returned military veterans referred for a mental health evaluation. The Journal Of Clinical Psychiatry 70(2): 163-170, 2009.

Cohen, A.N., Glynn, S.M., Murray-Swank, A.B., Barrio, C., Fischer, E.P., McCutcheon, S.J., Perlick, D.A., Rotondi, A.J., Sayers, S.L., Sherman, M.D., Dixon, L.B. : The family forum: Directions for the implementation of family psychoeducation for severe mental illness. Psychiatric Services 59(1): 40-98, 2008.

Sayers, S.L., Riegel, B., Goldberg L.R., Coyne, J.C., & Samaha, F.F: Clinical Exacerbations as a Surrogate Endpoint in Heart Failure Research. Heart & Lung 37(1): 28-35, 2008.

Sayers, S.L., Riegel, B., Pawlowski, S., Coyne, J.C., Samaha, F. : Social support and self-care of patients with heart failure. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 35(1): 70-79, 2008.

Sayers, S.L., White, T., Zubritsky, C., Oslin, D: Family Involvement in the Care of Healthy Medical Outpatients. Family Practice 21: 317-324, 2006.

Kohn, C.S., Sayers, S.L.: Extreme relationship standards in the context of discordant and nondiscordant couples. Cognitive and behavioral practice 12(3): 319-323, 2005.

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