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James Fauerbach
Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Academic Degrees
PhD, Temple University, 1991

Departmental Affiliation
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Joint Appointment: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Departmental Address
c/o Johns Hopkins Burn Center
4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224

Phone: (410)-550-0894
Fax: (410) 550-8161

JAMES A. FAUERBACH, PH.D. is the chief psychologist on the burn trauma and cardiology services at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.  He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with a Joint Appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is Principal Investigator for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research model system grant awarded to the Johns Hopkins University, and Investigator on several other funded projects. Dr. Fauerbach is particularly interested in the etiology, maintenance and functional impact of emotional disturbance and emotional health following serious illness or injury, especially in relation to potentially traumatic events or associated with changes in appearance and function.  In addition, he is interested in elucidating the biological and behavioral mechanisms through which emotional health or disturbance impact physical health and function. The ultimate aim of this work is to contribute to improving the assessment, prevention and treatment for emotional disturbances that are interfering with health and function. These interests converge with his interest in providing advanced training in research activities and cognitive behavioral therapy.  These research and clinical activities are being pursued at the Johns Hopkins Burn Center and at the Johns Hopkins Anxiety Disorders Clinic.  He has co-authored 35 peer-reviewed publications and 4 professional chapters as well as several publications in media targeting lay audiences.  In addition, he has made over 70 scientific presentations at national conferences serving a range of clinical and scientific interests. He is experienced in administering, designing, and conducting research using a broad array of experimental, quasi-experimental, and prospective, longitudinal designs investigating cognitive, behavioral and physiological parameters.

Keywords: Burn Injury, Cardiac Disease, Negative Emotions, Coping, Health, Function, Quality of Life.

Honors and Awards:

2000 American Burn Association Clinical Research Award. Patterson, D.R., Ptacek, J.T., Cromes, F., Fauerbach, J.A., Engrav, L. Describing and predicting adjustment and quality of life in burn survivors.  Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation 2000; 21: 490-498.

2000 Resident Research Award; Maryland Chapter of the American College of Physicians. Romanelli, J., Fauerbach, J.A., Ziegelstein, R.C., Bush, D.E.  Adherence and Depression in Elderly Patients with Coronary Artery Disease. 

2003 American Burn Association Clinical Research Award. Lawrence, J.W., Fauerbach, J.A., Heinberg, L. Doctor, M. Visible versus Hidden Scars and Their Relation to Body Esteem. Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation 2004 Jan-Feb;25(1):25-32

2004 American Burn Association Clinical Research Award.  Fauerbach, J.A., Lezotte, D., Cromes, G.F., Kowalske, K., de Lateur, B.J., Goodwin, C.W., Blakeney, P., Herndon, D.N., Wiechman, S., Patterson, D.R.  Burden of Burn: A Norm-Based Inquiry into the Influence of Burn Size and Distress on Recovery of Physical and Psychosocial Function. Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation 2005 Jan-Feb;26(1):21-32.

Selected Publications

Holavanahalli RK, Lezotte DC, Hayes MP, Minhajuddin A, Fauerbach JA, Engrav LH, Helm PA, Kowalske KJ.  Profile of patients lost to follow-up in the Burn Injury Rehabilitation Model Systems' longitudinal database. J Burn Care Res. 2006 Sep-Oct;27(5):703-12.

Lawrence JW, Fauerbach JA, Heinberg LJ, Doctor M, Thombs BD.  The reliability and validity of the Perceived Stigmatization Questionnaire (PSQ) and the Social Comfort Questionnaire (SCQ) among an adult burn survivor sample. Psychol Assess. 2006 Mar;18(1):106-11.  

Esselman PC, Thombs BD, Magyar-Russell G, Fauerbach JA. Burn rehabilitation: state of the science. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2006 Apr;85(4):383-413. Review.  

Thombs BD, Bass EB, Ford DE, Stewart KJ, Tsilidis KK, Patel U, Fauerbach JA, Bush DE, Ziegelstein RC.  Prevalence of depression in survivors of acute myocardial infarction. J Gen Intern Med. 2006 Jan;21(1):30-8. Review.  

Thombs BD, Fauerbach JA. A cross-cultural study of perceived stress among parents of children with large burn injuries: a comment on Rose et al. J Burn Care Rehabil. 2005 Sep-Oct;26(5):444-5. 

Fauerbach JA, Bush DE, Thombs BD, McCann UD, Fogel J, Ziegelstein RC. Depression following acute myocardial infarction: a prospective relationship with ongoing health and function. Psychosomatics. 2005 Jul-Aug;46(4):355-61.  

Bush DE, Ziegelstein RC, Patel UV, Thombs BD, Ford DE, Fauerbach JA, McCann UD, Stewart KJ, Tsilidis KK, Patel AL, Feuerstein CJ, Bass EB. Post-myocardial infarction depression. Evid Rep Technol Assess (Summ). 2005 May;(123):1-8. Review.

Ziegelstein RC, Kim SY, Kao D, Fauerbach JA, Thombs BD, McCann U, Colburn J, Bush DE. Can doctors and nurses recognize depression in patients hospitalized with an acute myocardial infarction in the absence of formal screening? Psychosom Med. 2005 May-Jun;67(3):393-7.  

Fauerbach JA, Lezotte D, Hills RA, Cromes GF, Kowalske K, de Lateur BJ, Goodwin CW, Blakeney P, Herndon DN, Wiechman SA, Engrav LH, Patterson DR. Burden of burn: a norm-based inquiry into the influence of burn size and distress on recovery of physical and psychosocial function. J Burn Care Rehabil. 2005 Jan-Feb;26(1):21-32.  

Fogel J, Fauerbach JA, Ziegelstein RC, Bush DE. Quality of life in physical health domains predicts adherence among myocardial infarction patients even after adjusting for depressive symptoms. J Psychosom Res. 2004 Jan;56(1):75-82.  

Lawrence JW, Fauerbach JA, Heinberg L, Doctor M. Visible vs hidden scars and their relation to body esteem. J Burn Care Rehabil. 2004 Jan-Feb;25(1):25-32.  

Pidcock FS, Fauerbach JA, Ober M, Carney J. The rehabilitation/school matrix: a model for accommodating the noncompliant child with severe burns. J Burn Care Rehabil. 2003 Sep-Oct;24(5):342-6; discussion 342.  

Lawrence JW, Fauerbach JA. Personality, coping, chronic stress, social support and PTSD symptoms among adult burn survivors: a path analysis. J Burn Care Rehabil. 2003 Jan-Feb;24(1):63-72; discussion 62.  

Fauerbach JA, Lawrence JW, Haythornthwaite JA, Richter L. Coping with the stress of a painful medical procedure. Behav Res Ther. 2002 Sep;40(9):1003-15.  

Chambless DL, Fauerbach JA, Floyd FJ, Wilson KA, Remen AL, Renneberg B. Marital interaction of agoraphobic women: a controlled, behavioral observation study. J Abnorm Psychol. 2002 Aug;111(3):502-12.  

Fauerbach JA, Richter L, Lawrence JW. Regulating acute posttrauma distress.J Burn Care Rehabil. 2002 Jul-Aug;23(4):249-57.  

Doctor M, Lawrence JW, Fauerbach JA. Psychosocial forum. J Burn Care Rehabil. 2002 May-Jun;23(3):227-8.  

Romanelli J, Fauerbach JA, Bush DE, Ziegelstein RC. The significance of depression in older patients after myocardial infarction. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2002 May;50(5):817-22.  

Fauerbach JA, Heinberg LJ, Lawrence JW, Bryant AG, Richter L, Spence RJ. Coping with body image changes following a disfiguring burn injury. Health Psychol. 2002 Mar;21(2):115-21.


Doctor, M., Lawrence, J.W., Fauerbach, J.A. Invited Guest Editorial: Psychosocial Forum. Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation 2002; 23: 227 - 228. 

Thombs B.D., Fauerbach, J.A. Invited Guest Editorial: Psychosocial Section. Parental stress in English- and Spanish-speaking parents of children with burn injuries. Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation 2005 Sept-Oct;26 

Book Chapters:

Fauerbach, J.A., Stancik, G. and Curry, C.  Psychosocial Rehabilitation of Burn Survivors.  In A. Munster (Ed.) Severe Burns: A Family Guide to Medical and Emotional Recovery. Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, MD.

Blakeney, P.E., Fauerbach, J.A., Meyer, W. J. & Thomas, C.R. Psychosocial Recovery and Reintegration of Patients with Burn Injuries.  Chapter 61 (pp. 783 - 798) in David Herndon (Ed.) Total Burn Care, 2nd Edition. 2001, W.B. Saunders Co., Ltd: Philadelphia, PA.

Haythornthwaite, J., Fauerbach, J.A. Assessment of Acute Pain, Pain Relief and Pain Satisfaction. Chapter 22 (pp. 417 - 430) in D. C. Turk and R. Melzack (Eds.). Handbook of Pain Assessment, 2nd Edition. 2001, Guilford Press: New York, NY. 

Fauerbach, J.A., Spence, R.J., Patterson, D. Psychological and Social Aspects of Adult Burn Patients Seeking Reconstructive Surgery. Chapter 7 in The Psychological Aspects of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.  In press.  Eds. David B. Sarwer, Ph.D., Thomas Pruzinsky, Thomas F. Cash, Robert M. Goldwyn, John A. Persing, & Linton A. Whitaker. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkens: Baltimore, MD.


Johns Hopkins University Burn Injury Rehabilitation Model System (H133A020101); U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; 1 October 2002 to 30 September 2007. James A. Fauerbach, Ph.D. Principal Investigator 50%.

Center for Mind-Body Research. (1 R21 NS048593-01). July 1, 2004; Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research; P.I. Jennifer Haythornthwaite, Ph.D.; Investigator, J.A. Fauerbach, Ph.D.

Self Managing the Consequences of Major Limb Trauma. NIAMS; Period 8/1/05-7/31/06. P.I.s Ellen J. MacKenzie, Ph.D. and Stephen Wegener, Ph.D.; Investigator J.A. Fauerbach, Ph.D.  


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