Cecelia Valrie, Ph.D.


Associate Professor
Health Psychology
808 W Franklin, rm 201
(804) 827-1562

Associate Professor (tenured)
Ph.D. (2006), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Doctoral Program Affiliation

Health Psychology


Research Interests

My research focuses on improving the health and well-being of youth and young adults at risk for poor health outcomes, with a special emphasis on youth with a chronic illness and Black youth. My primary research line focuses on youth with sickle cell disease (SCD). One of my current projects examines the pain and sleep experiences of youth with SCD, and their combined and interactive influences on the daily lives of youth with SCD. Additional areas of focus include improving the transition to adulthood for patients with SCD, characterizing acute to chronic SCD pain progression, and improving the health of Black youth and reducing health disparities. I am also focused on translating my work into effective pain and sleep interventions, with a focus on eHealth and mHealth interventions.

Select Publications

Alston, K. J., Valrie, C. R., Warner, T. D., Walcott, C., & Fuh, B. (2015). Experiences of pediatric patients with sickle cell disease in rural emergency departments. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 37, 195-199.
Sufrinko, A. M., Valrie, C., Lanzo, L., Bond, K., Trout, K., Ladd, R., & Everhart, D. E. (2015). Empirical validation of a short version of the Adolescent Sleep Wake Scale using a sample of ethnically diverse adolescents from an economically disadvantaged community. Sleep Medicine, 16, 1204-1206.
Valrie, C. R., Exum, K., Lutes, L. D., Carraway, M., & Collier, D. N. (2015). Relationship of sleep quality, baseline weight status and weight loss responsiveness in obese adolescents in an immersion treatment program. Sleep Medicine, 16, 432-434. 
Valrie, C. R., Bromberg, M. H., Palermo, T. M., & Schanberg, L. (2013). A systematic review of sleep in pediatric pain populations. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 34, 120-128.
Valrie, C. R., Gil, K. M., Redding-Lallinger, R., & Daeschner, C. (2007). Sleep in children with sickle cell disease: An analysis of daily diaries utilizing multilevel models. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 32, 857-861.

Recent Grants

The Effect of Sleep Patterns on Sickle Cell Pain Over Time

Amount: $13,050
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: East Carolina University Interdisciplinary Research Award
Period: 7/2016 – 6/2017

Project Sickle CIA: Cultivating Informed Activated Adolescents with Sickle Cell 

Amount: $228,000
Role: Co-Investigator
Source: National Institute of Nursing Research
Period: 9/2014 – 7/2017

Sleep in Children and Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease

Amount: $618,586
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Period: 7/2010 – 6/2015

Recent Award

2016, Treasured Pirate, East Carolina University