Roberta S. Rehm, PhD, RN, FAAN
Roberta Rehm is an Associate Professor at UCSF School of Nursing. Her research focuses on family management of children’s complex chronic conditions, using ethnographic methods to conduct field studies in the Symbolic Interaction tradition, focusing on the everyday life experiences of families within the context of community. Among several research projects, there are two related projects. Youth with Complex Needs: Transition to Adulthood Plans Study (TAPS) investigates family decision-making in the transition to adulthood of youth with ongoing medical and developmental challenges. Using principles of Community Based Participatory Research, TAPS II involves a community partnership with Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, a parent run, non-profit organization that has been providing information and support to families in San Francisco for over 20 years. Drawing upon current data and the expertise of such community partners, the research team developed an intervention to support parents and youth during the transition to adulthood. The purpose of the second study is to pilot-test the feasibility of this intervention and test its effectiveness in strengthening skills and confidence in the future. Ms. Rehm also has an ongoing commitment to other underserved and understudied populations, particularly Latino families.