As a rehabilitation psychologist, my research has focused on theories and projects that have the potential to improve function and reduce disability for persons with chronic illness and impairments. Specific research projects have focused on: *Factors that influence the development of chronic pain in persons with occupational musculoskeletal injuries, rheumatic disease, spinal cord injury or limb loss *The development of cognitive-behavioral and self-management interventions that prevent the development of, or provide treatment for, pain associated with disability *Factors that influence rehabilitation outcomes specifically the role of positive psychological variables -denial, positive coping, hope and spirituality
Honors and Awards
Fulbright Scholar 2008-2009
Serena Yang Lectureship in Rehabilitative Science, Department of Rehabilitative Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University May, 2008.
Vice President, American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology 2007- present
Essie Morgan Excellence Award-2005 American Association of SCI Psychologists and Social Workers
Board Member, American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology, 2002- present
Visiting Professor, Harry S Truman VA and University of Missouri at Columbia, February, 2004.
Distinguished Lecturer at the American College of Rheumatology /Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Annual Scientific Meeting. San Francisco, CA. October, 2001. The Biospsychosocial Model and Beyond: Helping Persons with Chronic Disease Flourish.
Outstanding Research Paper Award, Arthritis Health Professions Association 1986.
Whelan Psychology Medal, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD, 1975.
President, Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society, Loyola College, 1975