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photo Charles Jonassaint, PhD MHS

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Social Work and Clinical and Translational Science

Email: cjonassaint@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-586-9850

Contact
Office: 230 McKee Place
Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 
Phone: 412-586-9850
Fax: 412-692-4838
E-mail: cjonassaint@pitt.edu
Education and Training
Education
BA, Psychology, Minot State University, 2002
PhD, Clinical Psychology, Duke University, 2009
MHS, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2012
Training
Internship, Duke University Medical Center, 2009
Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2013
Research Interest
Dr. Charles Jonassaint is a practicing clinical health psychologist focusing on the implementation of behavioral intervention technologies in low-resource settings. He has clinical expertise in chronic disease self-management and cognitive behavioral therapy and has had extensive experience working with underrepresented and underserved patients. He completed his graduate training at Duke University and medical psychology residency at the Duke University Medical Center. He went on to do a clinical research fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as well as, a Masters in Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is currently funded through an NHLBI K23 grant to lead a program of research in sickle cell disease focused on designing and testing evidence-based mHealth tools for improving stress and pain management. Charles is also the co-inventor of two mobile apps for assessing patient-reported outcomes, innovations that are specifically designed to meet the needs of underserved populations. He is the co-inventor of an SCD specific self-management app called SMART: The Sickle Cell Disease Mobile Application to Record Symptoms via Technology. Testing of SMART has led to two publications and is now being used in four funded studies at three institutions. His team has also developed a novel tool for assessing pain called Painimation, a tablet-based app that allows patients to use animations and graphical images to describe their pain experience.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Jonassaint is a practicing clinical health psychologist with an MHS in cardiovascular epidemiology. He has clinical expertise in chronic disease self-management and cognitive behavioral therapy, and has had extensive experience working with patients from under-represented minority groups. His current clinical practice is with adolescents and adults with sickle cell disease.
Publications
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Selected Publications:
Jonassaint, C. R., Jones, V. L., Leong, S., Frierson, G. M. A systematic review of the association between depression and health care utilization in children and adults with sickle cell disease. British Journal of Hematology. 2016; 174(1): 136-47.
Crawford, R., Jonassaint, C. R. Faster is not always better: Adults with sickle cell anemia perform cognitive tests as well as controls when processing speed is taken into account. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2016; 72(6): 1409-16.
Schneider, A. L. C., Jonassaint, C. R., Sharrett, A. R., Mosley, T. H., Astor, B. C., Selvin, E., Coresh, J., Gottesman, R. F. Hemoglobin, anemia, and cognitive function: The Atherosclerosis Risk In Communities (ARIC) study. The Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. 2016; 71(6): 772-9.
Jonassaint, C. R., Beach, M. C., Haythornthwaite, J. A., Bediako, S. M., Diener-West, M., Strouse, J. J., Lanzkron, S., Onojobi, G., Carroll, C. P., Haywood, C Jr. The Association between Educational Attainment and Patterns of Emergency Department Utilization among Adults with Sickle Cell Disease. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2016; 23(3): 300-9.
Booth, J. M., Jonassaint, C. R. The Role of Disadvantaged Neighborhood Environments in the Association of John Henryism with Hypertension and Obesity. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2016; 78(5): 552-61.
Jonassaint, C. R., Shah N., Jonassaint, J. C., De Castro, L. Usability and Feasibility of an mHealth Intervention for Monitoring and Managing Pain Symptoms in Sickle Cell Disease: The Sickle Cell Disease Mobile Application to Record Symptoms via Technology (SMART). Hemoglobin. 2015; 39(3): 162-8.
Jonassaint, C. R., Varma, V., Harris, G. C., Chuang, Y., Yasar, S., Polinder-Bos, H., Carlson, M. C. Lower hemoglobin is associated with poorer cognitive performance and smaller brain volumes in older adults. Journal of the American Geriatric Society. 2014; 62(5): 972-3.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Using Technology to Deliver Evidence-Based Interventions to Underserved Patients with Pain
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: K23 HL135396
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2020
Title: Ledipasvir-sofosbuvir for postpartum HCV-infected women: effectiveness, adherence, feasibility/acceptability and infant exposure
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Gilead Sciences, Inc
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2018
Title: The LEND Center at the University of Pittsburgh
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Health Research and Services Administration
Grant Number: T73 MC00036
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2021
Title: The University of Pittsburgh PCOR Career Development Program
Role: Scholar
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Grant Number: K12 HS022989
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2019
Notable Achievements
American Psychosomatic Society Young Investigators Colloquim, 2015
Affiliate, Duke Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities, 2014-present
Co-chair, Society of Behavioral Medicine Behavioral Informatics and Technology Special Interest Group, 2016-present
Scholar, NHLBI PRIDE program, 2015-2016