Brian Distelberg, PhD, MA

Professor, Counseling and Family Sciences
Director of Research, Behavioral Medicine Center

Contact Information

Email bdistelberg@llu.edu
Phone 909-558-4547, ext. 47019
Fax 909-558-0417

Department of Counseling and Family Sciences
Loma Linda University, Griggs Hall, Office 113
11065 Campus St., Loma Linda, CA 92350

Degrees

  • PhD - Michigan State University, 2009
  • MA, Marriage and Family Therapy - Western Michigan University, 2005

Areas of Specialization

  • Health
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Translational research
  • Family systems
  • Research methodologies
  • Statistics
  • Multivariate analysis

Professional Memberships

  • National Council of Family Relations (NCFR)
  • Family Firm Institute (FFI)
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Recent Publications and Presentations

Publications

  • Dubov, A., Distelberg, B., Abdul-Mutakabbir, J.C., Beeson, W.L., Loo, L.K., Montgomery, S.B., Oyoyo, U.E., Patel, P., Peteet, B., Shoptaw, S., Tavakoli, S., Chrissian, A.A., (2021). Predictors of COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance and Hesitancy among Healthcare Workers in Southern California: Not Just: “Anti” vs. “Pro” vaccines. Vaccines, 9, (1428). https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9121428.
  • Taylor, S.D., Stahl, M., & Distelberg, B. (2021). The spiritual perspective scale-family version (SPS-FV): A tool for assessing perceptions of spirituality within families. Journal of Family and Consumer Science. 113(2): 50-61. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14307/JFCS113.2.50.
  • Distelberg, B., Castronova, M., Tapanes, D., Allen, J. and Puder, D. (2021), Evaluation of the Healthcare Cost Offsets of Mend: A family systems mental health integration approach. Fam. Proc., 60: 331-345. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12564.
  • Castronova, M., Distelberg, B., & Wilson, C., (2021): The Marital Selflessness Scale: A Relational Assessment Tool for Couples Therapy, The American Journal of Family Therapy, DOI: 10.1080/01926187.2020.1867930.
  • Dubov, A., Ogunbajo, A., Altice, F., Fraenkel, L., Distelberg, B. (2020). Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the PrEP Sex Expectancies (PSEXS) Scale. AIDS and Behavior https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-020-03087-7.
  • Reibling ET, Distelberg B, Guptill M, Hernandez BC. (2020). Intimate Partner Violence Experienced by Physicians. J Prim Care Community Health. doi: 10.1177/2150132720965077. PMID: 33078671.
  • Williams-Reade, JM., Tapanes, D., Distelberg, B., Montgomery, S., (2020). Pediatric chronic illness management: A qualitative dyadic analysis of adolescent patient and parent illness narratives. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 46(1) doi: 10.111/jmft.12377.
  • Marie-Mitchell, A., Watkins, HBR, Copado, IA, Distelberg, B., (2020). Use of the whole child assessment to identify children at risk of poor outcomes. Child Abuse & Neglect, 104: doi: doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104489.
  • Distelberg, B., Castronova, M., Tapanes, D., Allen, J. & Puder, D., (2020). Evaluation of the healthcare cost offsets of MEND: A family systems mental health integration approach. Family Process. Doi: 10.1111/famp.12564.
  • Stephenson, J., Distelberg, B., Morton, K.R., Ortiz, L., & Montgomery, S.B. (2019). Different depression treatment recommendations and adherence for Spanish and English speaking patients. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 32(6) 904-912. Doi: https://doi.org/10.3122/jabfm.2019.06.180323.
  • Wang, S. S. & Distelberg, B. (2019). Impressions of personal health among collegians: What relationships and faith factors predict health related quality of life among college students? College Student Journal, 12, 252-263.
  • Williams-Reade, JM., Tapanes, D., Distelberg, B., Montgomery, S., (2019). Pediatric chronic illness management: A qualitative dyadic analysis of adolescent patient and parent illness narratives. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 46(1) doi: 10.111/jmft.12377.
  • Distelberg B., Tapanes D. (2018) MEND Psychosocial Family Systems Program for Pediatric Chronic Illness. In: Lebow J., Chambers A., Breunlin D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8.
  • Emerson, N.D., Morrell, H.E., Neece, C., Tapanes, D., & Distelberg, B. (2019). Longitudinal Model Predicting Self-Concept in Pediatric Chronic Illness. Family Process, 58: 100-113. DOI: 10.111/famp.12361.
  • Hoff, C., Knudson-Martin, C., Lobo, E., & Distelberg, B., (2018) Developmental epistemology in MFT education: A narrative analysis of student’s experiences. Journal of Systemic Therapies. 37, 2 17-28.
  • Distelberg, B., Tapanes, D., Emerson, ND., Brown, WN., Vaswani, D., Williams-Reade, J., Anspikian, A. & Montgomery, S. (2018). Prospective Pilot Study of the MEND Psychosocial Family Systems Program for Pediatric Chronic Illness. Family Process, 57, p.83-99. DOI: 10.1111/famp.12288.
  • Emerson, N.D., Morrell, H.E.R., Mahtani, N., Sanderson, L., Neece, C., Boyd, K.C. & Distelberg, B. (2018). Preliminary validation of a self-efficacy scale for pediatric chronic illness. Child: Care, Health and Development, 44.485-4913. DOI: 10.1111/cch.12551.
  • Avila, A., Distelberg, B., Estrada, A., Moline, M., & Huenergradt, D. (2018). Developmental properties and application of the Dyadic Supervision Evaluation. Contemporary Family Therapy, 40:188-203. DOI: 10.1007/s10591-017-9452-8.
  • Distelberg, B., Martin, A., Torres, J., Foster, L., Kramer, K.A., & Lloyd, G.  (2017). Multidimensional Resilience: Reliability, Predictive and Construct Validity of the Individual, Family and Community Resilience Resources (IFCR-R) Profile. Marriage and Family Review, DOI: 10.1080/01494929.2017.1403997.
  • Luttrell, T.B., Distelberg, B., Wilson, C., Knudson-Martin, C., & Moline, M., (2017). Exploring the Relationship Balance Assessment. Contemporary Family Therapy. DOI 10.1007/s10591-017-9421-2.
  • Avila, A., Distelberg, B.J., Estrada, A, Foster, L., Moline, M., & Huenergardt, D., (2017). Dyadic supervision evaluation: An actor-partner relational model. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12259.
  • Hoff, C., & Distelberg, B., (2017). Developmental pedagogy in family therapy education: Preparing students to work across epistemologiesJournal of Family Theory & Review. 9: 383-390. DOI: 10.1111/jftr.12203.
  • Distelberg, B. Staack, A., Elsen, K. & Sabate, J (2017). The effects of coffee on mood, sleep and health related quality of life. Journal of Caffeine Research. 7, (2); 59-70. DOI: 10.1089/jcr.2016.0023.
  • Distelberg, B., Tapanes, D., Emerson, ND., Brown, WN., Vaswani, D., Williams-Reade, J., Anspikian, A. & Montgomery, S. (2017). Prospective Pilot Study of the MEND Psychosocial Family Systems Program for Pediatric Chronic Illness. Family Process, DOI: 10.1111/famp.12288.

Presentations

  • Distelberg, B., & Hustzi, H., (2020). Integrating Medical and Psychosocial Needs. Children’s Hospital Association: Behavioral Health Summit. February, 2020. Columbus OH.
  • Distelberg, B., (2019). Overview of the MEND outpatient program. CCHA Behavioral Health Member Forum. California Children’s Hospital Association. October, 2019, La Jolla California.
  • Distelberg, B., (2019). MEND: A multi-dimensional family systems approach to pediatric chronic illness. Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Health. Annual Conference. August.
  • Distelberg, B., & Tapanes, D., (2018). Biopsychosocial interventions for pediatric chronic illness. Rush University Grand Rounds, May.
  • Lobo, E, & Distelberg, B., (2018). Moving Families from Homelessness to Self-Sufficiency. American Family Therapy Association. Austin TX.
  • Distelberg, B., & Tapanes, D., (2018). Biopsychosocial interventions for pediatric chronic illness. Rush University Grand Rounds, May.
  • Tapanes, D., Distelberg, B., Vaswani, D., Fitzgerald, S., & Simonton, G., A Family Systems Approach to Managing Chronic Illnesses. National Council on Family Relations. Orlando, FL
  • Tapanes, D., Distelberg, B., Vaswani, D., Lloyd, G., Fitzgerald, S., (2017). MEND: Children, Families Chronic Illness. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Atlanta, GE, Oct 2017
  • Lobo, E., & Distelberg, B., (2017). Using Research for Advocacy: A Study of Homeless Families. American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Atlanta, GE, Oct 2017.
  • Lobo, E., Foster, L., Kuhn, V., & Distelberg, B. (2017). Workshop: Using research to advocate for marginalized populations at a policy level. American Family Therapy Academy, Philadelphia PA, May 2017.
  • Distelberg, B., (2017). Key Note Address: Joint Commission Outcome Measure Based Care: Goals and Standards. Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare. Long Beach, CA., July 2017
  • Distelberg, B., (2017). Plenary Speech: MEND: A multidisciplinary approach to chronic illness. American Family Therapy Academy. Philadelphia PA. May 2017.
  • Distelberg, B., & Foster, L. (2017) University studies: MTW Five year lease assistance. Nan McKay MTW conference. Washington D.C. April 2017
  • Foster, L. & Distelberg, B., (2017). MTW Innovations: Five year lease assistance programs. Urban Affairs Association, Minneapolis, MN. April, 2017
  • Emerson, N. D, Mahtani, N., Morell, E. R., Neece, C., Boyd, K. C., & Distelberg, B. (May, 2017). Predictors of Self-Efficacy in Pediatric Chronic Illness: The Role of Race, Parent Education, and Self-Reported Depression. Poster to be presented at the 29th Annual Association for Psychological Science Conference in Boston, MA.
  • Mahtani, ND, Emerson, ND, Morrell, HE, Neece, C., Boyd, KC., Distelberg, BJ., (2017): Preliminary Validation of the Pediatric Rating of Chronic Illness Self Efficacy Scale. 2017 APA Annual Convention. Poster Presentation.

Community Engagement

  • Faculty Scholar, Institute for Health Policy (2016-present)
  • Chairperson for Knowledge Education for Your Success (KEYS), 501(c)(3) (2011-present)