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Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Houston, Texas

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Susan Robinson-Whelen, Ph.D.

Photo Susan Robinson-Whelen, Ph.D.Assistant Professor

Graduate School: Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1993
Internship: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Fellowship: Ohio State University

Certification/Licensure: Licensed Psychologist, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychology and Ohio State Board of Psychology

Sub-Specialty: Health Psychology

Research Interests: Stress and Health; Adjustment to Change - Health and Disabilities; Health Promotion; Caregiving

Significant Professional Activities:

  • Psychology and Aging, Journal Reviewer

Selected Publications:

Robinson-Whelen S and Kiecolt-Glaser JK. The importance of social versus temporal comparisons among older adults. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 27:959-966, 1997.

Robinson-Whelen S and Kiecolt-Glaser JK. Spousal caregiving: Does it matter if you have a choice? Journal of Clinical Geropsychology, 3:283-289, 1997.

Robinson-Whelen S, Kim C, MacCallum R and Kiecolt-Glaser JK. Distinguishing optimism from pessimism in older adults: Is it more important to be optimistic or to not be pessimistic? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73:1345-1353, 1997.

Tan G, Jensen MP, Robinson-Whelen S, Thornby JI and Monga TN. Coping with chronic pain: A comparison of two measures. Pain, 90:127-133, 2001.

Robinson-Whelen S, Tada Y, MacCallum RC, McGuire L and Kiecolt-Glaser JK. Long-term caregiving. What happens when it ends? Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 110:573-584, 2001.

Tan G, Jensen MP, Robinson-Whelen S. Thornby JI and Monga TN. Measuring control appriasals in chronic pain. The Journal of Pain, 3:385-393, 2002.

Robinson-Whelen S and Bodenheimer C. Health practices of veterans with unilateral lower limb loss: Identifying correlates. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. In Press.

Robinson-Whelen S, Rintala DH. Informal care providers for veterans with SCI: who are they and how are they doing? J Rehabil Res Dvp, 40(6):511-516, 2003.

Rintala DH, Robinson-Whelen S, Hughes R, Matamoros R. Subjective stress in veterans with spinal cord injury. SCI Psychosocial Process, 16(3):196, 2003. Abstract.

Contact Information

Susan Robinson-Whelen, Ph.D.
Veterans Affairs Medical Center (153)
2002 Holcombe Blvd
Houston, TX 77004
Phone: 713-791-1414x6159
Fax: 713-794-7623

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