Dr. Bruzzese is Associate Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She is an authority in behavioral medicine with a specialty in pediatric asthma. Trained as an applied developmental psychologist, her work reflects her dedication to addressing health care disparities in children and adolescents suffering from chronic illnesses, which carry multiple functional ramifications. Dr. Bruzzese has developed innovative school-based and family-focused interventions to improve the social, emotional and physical well-being, as well as academic success, of urban African American and Hispanic youth with asthma. Her interventions target the pediatric patient, their caregivers, and their medical providers. Her approach is multifaceted and involves the translation of findings from the biological, social, developmental and behavioral sciences to interventions that are tested rigorously in the “real-world” setting of schools. While her studies have focused primarily asthma, she has also been involved in obesity, diabetes and substance use trials. Her work has also evolved from efficacy trials to effectiveness, dissemination, and implementation efforts. Dr. Bruzzese is also a CAMS faculty member.
Currently the principal investigator of an NHLBI-funded controlled trial, Dr. Bruzzese is testing whether a multi-component behavioral medicine intervention helps adolescents with undiagnosed obtain a diagnosis and treatment and improve their physical and mental health. She is also examining how stress, anxiety, depression, and acculturation impact disease management and health outcomes. Dr. Bruzzese is also a co-investigator on two additional NHLBI-funded trials. One is testing the efficacy of multi-systemic therapy to improve the health of adolescents with asthma; the other is testing the impact of providing cultural competence training to physicians treating children and adolescents with asthma.
Dr. Bruzzese earned her BS in psychology summa cum laude from Brooklyn College and her MA and PhD in developmental psychology from Fordham University completing a sub-specialty in applied developmental psychology. She joined NYU School of Medicine in 2003.
Prior to joining the CSC, Dr. Bruzzese was an associate research scientist in the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
In 2008, Dr. Bruzzese received the early career achievement award from the Behavioral Science Health Services Research Assembly of the American Thoracic Society, the leading international professional society dedicated to advancing the clinical and scientific understanding of pulmonary diseases, critical illnesses and sleep-related breathing disorders. She is active in the society, serving on several committees; most recently she joined the patient and family education committee and the joint working group on medical education research. Dr. Bruzzese is on the editorial board of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology, and formerly Health Psychology and Applied Developmental Psychology.
In the News
Minors Attitudes toward Peers with Asthma: A Developmental Study
Dr. Bruzzese’s study with her undergraduate intern, Sarah Hayes, which examined minors' attitudes toward peers with asthma and offers clinicians grade-specific findings to counsel patients, was featured on MedLinx. Click here to read the article. (Jan 29, 2013)
I Can Do It Myself…Because You Taught Me
Dr. Bruzzese spoke to Allergy & Asthma Today about developmentally appropriate self-management skills for preschoolers through adolescents (Fall 2012).
New Tool to Assess Asthma-related Anxiety
Dr. Bruzzese’s valuable tool to assess asthma-related anxiety in youth and their parents was featured on Science Daily. Click here to read the article. (May 5, 2011)
School-based Program Helps Adolescents Cope With Asthma
Dr. Bruzzese spoke to Science Codex about her school-based intervention program designed for adolescents with asthma that significantly improves asthma management and quality of life for the students who participate, and reduces asthma morbidity. Click here to read the article. (December 8, 2010)