Dr. Sibinga’s research interest is related to the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for pediatric patients. Her current research is focused on the adaptation and evaluation of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for urban youth.
Using quantitative and qualitative methods, pilot data of MBSR for HIV-infected and at-risk urban youth show significant beneficial outcomes in psychological and quality of life domains. MBSR participation is associated with reduced hostility and emotional discomfort, as well as reports of reduced anger and aggression and improved relationships.
Currently, Dr. Sibinga is conducting a randomized controlled trial to further evaluate MBSR’s effect. These studies were supported by funds from the Thomas Wilson Sanitarium for the Children of Baltimore City and the Hawn Foundation.
Lyon ME, Williams P, Woods ER, Hutton N, Butler AM, Sibinga E, Brady MT, Oleske JM. "DNR and/or Hospice Care, Psychological Health and Quality of Life among Children/Adolescents with AIDS." Submitted.
Sibinga EMS, Stewart M, Magyari T, Gallagher C, Hutton N, Ellen JM. "Mindfulness-based stress reduction for HIV-infected youth: a pilot study." Submitted.
Sibinga EMS, Shindell DL, Casella JF, Duggan AK, Wilson, MH. "Pediatric Patients with Sickle Cell Disease: Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies." Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Apr 2006;12(3):291-298.
Sibinga EMS, Ottolini MC, Duggan AK, Wilson MH. "Parent-pediatrician communication about complementary and alternative medicine use for children." Clinical Pediatrics. 2004 May;43(4):367-73.
Maguire Jr. HC, Sibinga E, Weiner D, Greene M. "The neu gene in 4 human neuroblastoma cell lines." Progress in Clinical Biological Research, Advances in Neuroblastoma Research 1988; 271: 165-73.