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Dr. Sacco joined the Psychology Department faculty at the University of South Florida in 1979 after receiving his Ph.D. from Florida State University.
I am primarily interested in clinical health psychology, especially the link between depression and health. Recent studies in our lab have examined depression and diabetes, and psychosocial aspects of diabetes and obesity. We recently completed a randomized clinical trial that examined the effect of a brief, telephone intervention on diabetes adherence.
Research on psychosocial aspects of diabetes
I have recently begun investigating factors related to adherence to the diabetes regimen. Some current projects are described below. Although these studies are directed at diabetes, the research questions and results are applicable to other health problems.
Yanover, T. & Sacco, W.P. (2008). Reliability of diabetes-specific social support scales. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 13, 627-631.
Vaughan, C.A. Sacco, W.P., & Beckstead, J.W. (2008). Racial/ethnic differences in body mass Index: The roles of beliefs about thinness and dietary restriction. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 5, 291-298.
Yanover, T. & Sacco, W.P. (2008). Eating beyond satiety and body mass index. Eating and Weight Disorders, 13, 119-128.
Sacco, W.P., Malone, J.I., Morrison, A. D., Friedman, A.L., & Wells, K.J. (2009). Effect of a brief, regular telephone intervention by paraprofessionals for Type 2 diabetes. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 32, 349 - 359.
Sacco, W.P. & Bykowski, C.A. (2010). Depression and hemoglobin A1c in type 1 and type 2 Diabetes: The role of self-efficacy. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 90, 141- 146.
Sacco, W.P., Bykowski, C. A., Mayhew, L., & White, K. E. (2012). Educational Attainment Moderates the effect of a brief diabetes intervention. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 95, 62-67.
Sacco, W.P., Bykowski, C.A. & Mayhew, L.L. (2013). Pain and functional impairment as mediators of the link between medical symptoms and depression in type 2 diabetes. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 20 (1) 22-29.