The primary aim of our research over the past year has been to evaluate the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral treatments for arthritis pain. We are conducting two treatment outcome studies supported by grants from the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases. The first project, conducted with osteoarthritis patients, seeks to determine whether aerobic exercise training can enhance the effects of a cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) intervention for managing pain and disability. The CBT intervention is innovative in that it systematically involves spouses in training in pain coping skills. The second project, tests the long-term effectiveness of a relapse prevention training intervention. This study will feature the use of newly developed daily study methods to analyze the long-term effects of pain coping skills training on daily pain.
In addition, in conjunction with Lara Schanberg of the Department of Medicine we are carrying out a study funded by the Arthritis Foundation that examines the effects of a pain coping skills training regimen for pediatric fibromyalgia patients.
Finally, we are currently gathering pilot data for two new research projects. One project seeks to evaluate the efficacy of a cognitive behavior theapy and education intervention for managing pain in patients having breast cancer and prostate cancer. The second project examines the efficacy of patient controlled compression protocol in the management of pain during mammography.
Education and Training
- Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1975
- M.S., Ohio State University, 1973
- B.A., Bowdoin College, 1971
- Improving Adherence to Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy in Breast Cancer Patients
- Optimizing Delivery of a Behavioral Cancer Pain Intervention Using a SMART
- Caregiver-Assisted Pain Coping Skills Training for Dementia
- Meaning-centered Psychotherapy and Pain Coping Skills in Advanced Cancer
- A Self-Management Intervention for Women with Breast Cancer and Diabetes
- Improving Veteran Access To Integrated Management of Chronic Back Pain
- Couple Communication in Cancer: A Multi-method Examination
- Development of a Virtual Reality Graded Exposure Intervention for Chronic Low Back Pain
- Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC) Refinement and Expansion
- Caregiver-Guided Pain Management Training in Palliative Care
- Mechanisms of Psychosocial Chronic Pain Treatment