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Susan Robinson-Whelen, Ph.D.

Investigator, Center for Research on Women with DisabilitiesSusan Robinson-Whelen
Assistant Professor, Department of PM&R, Baylor College of Medicine

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Health Psychology, Geropsychology, Ohio State University, Department of Psychiatry, Columbus, OH, 1993-95
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Geropsychology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1993
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology, Geropsychology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1989
  • B.S., Psychology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 1984

Professional Experience

Investigator, Center for Research on Women with Disabilities, (2001-current), Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Assistant Professor (1998-current), Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Research Health Science Specialist (1997-2001), Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Research and Development Service, Houston, Texas

Community Liaison (1995-1997), Caregiver Stress and Health Study, Ohio State University, Department of Psychiatry, Columbus, OH

Project Director / Post-Doctoral Fellow (1993-1995), Caregiver Stress and Health Study, Ohio State University, Department of Psychiatry, Columbus, OH

Clinical Intern (1992-1993), Vanderbilt University - Nashville VA Consortium, Vanderbilt University Department of Geropsychiatry, Nashville, Tenn

Grant Funding

Co-Principal Investigator/Project Director, Health Promotion for Women Aging with Paralysis: A Community Intervention Program, funded by the Christopher Reeve Foundation, 2005-2006.

Co-Investigator, Intervention for Stroke Survivors and Spousal Caregivers funded by NIH's National Institute of Nursing Research, 2001-2006.

Co-Investigator, Depression and Rural Women with Disabilities: Testing a CIL-based Self-management Program, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, 2004-2006.

Co-Investigator, Depression Self-management and Women with Disabilities funded by the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women's Health and National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, 2001-2004.

Co-Investigator (2002-2004), Depression Self-Management for Women with Disabilities, Office of Research on Women's Health and the National Center on Medical Rehabilitation Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH), 2001-2004.

Co-Principal Investigator, Preparatory Study for a Stress Management Program for Veterans with SCI funded by VA RR&D Merit Review, 2001-2003.

Co-Investigator, Stress Self-Management for Women with Disabilities, Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement (ATPM/CDC), 2001-2003.

Co-Investigator (2002-current), Defining and Operationalizing Health and Wellness for People with Disabilities, Subcontract with Oregon Health Sciences University Rehabilitation Research and Training

Center on Health and Wellness of People with Disabilities. 2000-2004.

Co-Investigator (2003), Health Promotion for Women Aging with Physical Disabilities, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), 2000-2003.

Co-Investigator (2002-2003), Cost Analysis of Secondary Conditions in Disabled Women, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2000-2003.

Co-Investigator, Development of a Self-Report Measure of the Impact of Spasticity after SCI funded by VA Rehabilitation Research and Development (VA RR&D) Merit Review Program, 2000-2002.

Other Pertinent Information

Provisionally Licensed Psychologist #31918, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychology, 2001-present.

Licensed Psychologist #5141, Ohio State Board of Psychology, 1996-present.

Member, Gerontological Society of America

Member, American Psychological Association
Division 12, Section2, Clinical Geropsychology
Division 20, Aging and Development
Division 22, Rehabilitation Psychology
Division 38, Health Psychology

Member, VA Research and Development Neurobehavioral Subcommittee, 1999-2001

Member, VA Research and Development Rehabilitation Subcommittee, 1999-2001

Journal Editorial Boards

  • Guest Reviewer for Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 1998
  • Guest Reviewer for Health Psychology, 2000
  • Guest Reviewer for Journal of the American Medical Association, 2002
  • Guest Reviewer for Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1994
  • Guest Reviewer for Personality and Individual Differences, 1999
  • Guest Reviewer for Psychology and Aging, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
  • Guest Reviewer for Psychophysiology, 1994
  • Guest Reviewer for Social Science Quarterly, 2004

Honors and Awards

  • Best Poster Award - 2002 National Meeting, VA Rehabilitation and Development Service
  • APA Student Travel Award - 1991 APA Annual Convention
  • NIA Predoctoral Trainee (1987 - 1991)
  • Passed Ph.D. Candidacy Oral Exams with Distinction (1990)
  • Undergraduate Honor Societies: Mu Sigma Rho, Phi Kappa Phi, Psi Chi

Publications

Rintala, D., Robinson-Whelen, S, Matamoros, R. (in press). Subjective stress in male veterans with spinal cord injury. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development.

Nosek, M.A., Taylor, H.B., Hughes, R.B., & Taylor, P. (in press). Disability, psychosocial, and demographic characteristics of abused women with physical disabilities. Violence Against Women.

Nosek, M.A., Hughes, R.B., Petersen, N.J., Taylor, H.B., Robinson-Whelen, S., Byrne, M., & Morgan, R. (accepted). Secondary conditions in a community-based sample of women with physical disabilities over a one-year period. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Hughes RB, Taylor HB, Robinson-Whelen S, Nosek MA. Perceived stress in women with physical disabilities: Identifying psychosocial correlates. Womens Health Issues. 2005; 15:14-20.

Hughes RB, Robinson-Whelen S, Taylor HB, Petersen N, Nosek MA. Characteristics of depressed and non-depressed women with physical disabilities. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2005;80:473-479.

Hughes, R. B., Robinson-Whelen, S., Taylor, H. B., Swedlund, N., & Nosek, M. A. (2004). Enhancing self-esteem in women with physical disabilities. Rehabilitation Psychology, 29, 295-302.

Robinson-Whelen, S., & Bodenheimer, C. (2004). Health practices of veterans with unilateral lower limb loss: Identifying correlates. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 41, 453-460.

Robinson-Whelen, S., & Rintala, D. (2003). Informal care providers of veterans with SCI: Who are they and how are they doing? Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 40, 511-516.

Tan, G., Jensen, M. P. Robinson-Whelen, S., Thornby, J. I., & Monga, T. N. (2002). Measuring control appraisals in chronic pain. The Journal of Pain, 3, 385-393.

Tan, G., Jensen, M. P., Robinson-Whelen, S., Thornby, J. I., & Monga, T. N. (2001). Coping with chronic pain: A comparison of two measures. Pain, 90, 127-133.

Robinson-Whelen, S., Tada, Y., MacCallum, R. C., McGuire, L., & Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K. (2001). Long-term caregiving: What happens when it ends? Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 110, 573-584.

Burleson, M., Robinson-Whelen, S., Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K., & Glaser, R. (2000). Estrogens, stress, and psychoneuroimmunology (289-301). In M. F. Morrison (Ed.), Hormones, gender, and the aging brain: The endocrine basis of geriatric psychiatry. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Robinson-Whelen, S., Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K., & Glaser, R. (1999). Effects of chronic stress on immune function and health in the elderly (pp. 71-84). In S. B. Manuck & A. S. Baum (Eds.), Perspectives in behavioral medicine: Behavior, health, and aging. (pp.71-84). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Robinson-Whelen, S., & Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K. (1997). The importance of social versus temporal comparisons among older adults. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 27, 959-966.

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

Robinson-Whelen, S., Kim, C., MacCallum, R., & Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K. (1997). 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.

Orts, K., Sheridan, J. F., Robinson-Whelen, S., Glaser, R., Malarkey, W. B., & Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K. (1995). The reliability and validity of a structured interview for the assessment of infectious illness symptoms. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 18, 517-529.

Robinson-Whelen, S. (1992). Benton Visual Retention Test performance among normal and demented older adults. Neuropsychology, 6, 261-269.

Robinson-Whelen, S., & Storandt, M. (1992). Immediate and delayed prose recall among normal and demented adults. Archives of Neurology, 49, 32-34.

Robinson-Whelen, S., & Storandt, M. (1992). The factorial structure of two health belief measures among older adults. Psychology and Aging, 7, 209-213.

Blanchard-Fields, F., Sulsky, L., & Robinson-Whelen, S. (1991). Context and type of coping as a function of age, gender, and sex roles. Sex Roles, 25, 645-660.

Blanchard-Fields, F., & Robinson, S. L. (1987). Age differences in the relation between controllability and coping. Journal of Gerontology, 42, 497-501.

Blanchard-Fields, F., & Robinson, S. L. (1987). Age differences in the relation between controllability and coping. Journal of Gerontology, 42, 497-501.

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