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Marcus Wild

Graduate Student
Research Area: Clinical Science


Social cognition and emotion, social ability, individual differences, and patient-provider interactions

I am a graduate student in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Vanderbilt University, specializing in Clinical Science. I graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2013, where I studied psychology and participated in undergraduate research investigating the relationship between diabetes-related distress and relationship satisfaction in individuals with type 2 diabetes. After graduation, I worked in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) as the research assistant for Dr. Kerri Cavanaugh.  While in this role from 2013 to 2015, I was involved in research projects investigating psychosocial determinants of health in the context of chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetes, and end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) at both VUMC and the Veterans Administration hospital in Nashville. I am still fortunate enough to be engaged in research with Dr. Cavanaugh and the Behavioral Medicine in Chronic Conditions Research Group (BMCC-RG), as a collaborator. I began graduate studies in Clinical Psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Jo-Anne Bachorowski in the fall of 2015. The focus of my graduate work with Dr. Bachorowski has been on the development and description of social-emotional expertise (SEE), or the individual differences in timing and quality of behaviors that lead to variation in social ability. My research interests include cognitive and emotional mechanisms of SEE, the psychosocial factors (such as SEE) that affect health outcomes in chronic health conditions, coping with chronic disease, and patient-provider interactions.

Representative Publications

Wild, M.G. and Bachorowski, J.A. (in preparation). Lay beliefs about interaction quality: an expertise perspective on individual differences in interpersonal emotion ability. Frontiers in Psychology, Special Issue on Emotion Science

Siew, E. D., Parr, S. K., Wild, M. G., Levea, S. L., Mehta, K. G., Umeukeje, E. M., ... & Cavanaugh, K. L. (2019). Kidney Disease Awareness and Knowledge among Survivors ofAcute Kidney Injury. American Journal of Nephrology49(6), 449-459.

McBrien, A., Wild, M., & Bachorowski, J. A. (2018). Social–Emotional Expertise (SEE) Scale: Development and Initial Validation. Assessment, 1073191118794866.

Wild, M. G., Ostini, R., Harrington, M., Cavanaugh, K. L., & Wallston, K. A. (2018). Validation of the shortened Perceived Medical Condition Self-Management Scale in patients with chronic disease. Psychological Assessment30(10), 1300.

Umeukeje, E. M., Wild, M. G., Maripuri, S., Davidson, T., Rutherford, M., Abdel-Kader, K., ... & Cavanaugh, K. (2018). Black Americans’ perspectives of barriers and facilitators of community screening for kidney disease. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology13(4), 551-559.

Wild, M. G., Wallston, K. A., Green, J. A., Beach, L. B., Umeukeje, E., Nunes, J. A. W., ... & Cavanaugh, K. L. (2017). The Perceived Medical Condition Self-Management Scale can be applied to patients with chronic kidney disease. Kidney International92(4), 972-978.

Umeukeje, E. M., Merighi, J. R., Browne, T., Wild, M., Alsmaan, H., Umanath, K., ... & Cavanaugh, K. L. (2016). Health care providers’ support of patients’ autonomy, phosphate medication adherence, race and gender in end stage renal disease. Journal of Behavioral Medicine39(6), 1104-1114.