Committee Chair

Ozbek, I. Nicky

Committee Member

Warren, Amye R.; Clark, Amanda J.; Elwell, Jeffery; Walker, Randy


Dept. of Psychology


College of Arts and Sciences


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)


High prevalence rates of depression have been well documented in patients with chronic kidney disease (Egede, 2007; U.S. Renal Data System, 2013). Furthermore, depression seems to play a major role in the mortality and morbidity rates of this population (Kellerman, Christensen, Baldwin, & Lawton, 2010; U.S. Renal Data System, 2013). Therefore this study aimed to discover factors that may influence depression in this population. Ten end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients’ depression scores were examined in relation to various sociodemographic measures. High depression scores had a significantly negative relationship with social functioning, overall quality of life, and age. A combined model of social functioning, sleep quality, and age provides a stronger prediction than any variable alone. Results suggest that targeting social functioning, sleep quality, and age should be the focus of future studies examining interventions of these factors as augmentations to current pharmacological treatments of depression in ESRD populations.


First I would like to acknowledge my thesis committee members for this project, Dr. Nicky Ozbek, Dr. Amye Warren, and Dr. Amanda Clark. Their time and support throughout this entire project as well as all of my experiences at UTC has been exceptionally helpful and their advice will be undoubtedly useful in my future studies. Additionally, I would like to acknowledge current and former olfaction research team members, Joseph Jones, Carrie LeMay, William Tewalt, Jessica McKinney, Hannah Tumlin, Ashley Galloway, Naomi Whitson, and Chris Branson for their help and support throughout this project. I would also like to acknowledge the Southeast Renal Research Institute for welcoming my involvement in their overall study, and especially Dr. James Tumlin and Gina Harris for their help in recruiting kidney disease patients. Without the help of the previously mentioned as well as many others who provided support for this project and my writing, I would not have been able to complete this project.


M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.




Chronic renal failure -- Treatment; Depression; Mental


End-stage renal disease; Depression

Document Type

Masters theses




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