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Stephen T. Wegener, PhD

Stephen T Wegener, PhD
Director, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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  • Director, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology
  • Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Centers & Institutes

  • Global Health Faculty, Center for
  • Injury Prevention and Policy, Center of
  • International Injury Research Unit
  • Mind-Body Research (CMBR), Center for


Adjustment to Chronic Illness, Amputee Rehabilitation, Pain Management, Psychologist, Rehabilitation Psychology, Spinal Cord Injury

Research Interests

Rehabilitation; Self-management; Psychology; Pain; Improving outcomes following injury; Prevention of disability


Dr. Stephen Wegener is an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also an associate professor of health policy and management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Wegener serves as the director of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins.

His clinical activity is focused on providing psychological services to persons with chronic illness or traumatic injuries including chronic pain, amputation and traumatic injury.

A 1985 graduate in clinical psychology from St. Louis University, Dr. Wegener completed his residency in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia and served on the faculty there until he came to our department in 1995.

He is a Fullbright Scholar serving as Visiting Academic at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He has served as President of Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association, is currently on the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

His research interests are related to pain, improving patient outcomes following injury and prevention of disability.

When he is not working, Dr. Wegener can be found in the garden tending the flowers or occasionally fishing and working with his dog.

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  • Help adapting to traumatic injury or chronic illness
  • Rehabilitation psychology assessment and treatment
  • Pain management
  • Screening for interventional pain procedures and opioid therapy


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American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology

Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers

Clinical Trial Keywords

  • amputation, musculoskeletal injury, traumatic injury

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  • Education +


    • Saint Louis University (St Louis MO ) (1985)


    • Rehabilitation Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (1998)
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    Research Summary

    As a rehabilitation psychologist, Dr. Wegener’s research focuses on theories and projects that have the potential to improve function and reduce disability for people with chronic illness and impairments. Specific research projects 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, secondary conditions following trauma and disability.
    • Factors that influence rehabilitation outcomes, specifically the role of positive psychological variables -denial, positive coping, hope and spirituality.

    These projects emphasize the importance of patient-centered care models, self-management by patients and the use of motivational interviewing by providers. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Defense and several foundations.

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Castillo RC, Wegener ST, Heins SE, Haythornthwaite JA, MacKenzie EJ, Bosse MJ. “Longitudinal relationships between anxiety, depression, and pain: results from a two-year cohort study of lower extremity trauma patients.” Pain. 2013 Dec;154(12):2860-6.
    2. Castillo RC; Wegener ST, Bradford, AN, Teter H; Carlini AR, Mackenzie EJ. “Improving Outcomes at Level 1 Trauma Centers: An Early Evaluation of the Trauma Survivors Network.” Journal of Trauma. 2013 Jun;74(6):1534-40. PMID:23694884
    3. Wegener ST, Castillo RC, Haythornthwaite JA, MacKenzie EJ, Bosse MJ, the LEAP Study Group. (2011). “Psychological Distress Mediates the Effect of Pain on Function.” Pain. 2011 Jun;152(6):1349-57. PMID: 21396777
    4. Bradford AN, Castillo RC, Carlini AR, Wegener ST, Teter H, Mackenzie EJ. “The Trauma Survivors Network: Survive. Connect. Rebuild.” Journal of Trauma. 2011 Jun;70(6):1557-60 PMID: 21817993.
    5. Wegener ST, Mackenzie E, Ephraim P, Ehde D, Williams R. “Self-management Improves Outcomes in Persons with Limb Loss.” Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2009 Mar;90(3):373-80. PMID:19254599

    Clinical Trials

    Pain Management Following Musculoskeletal Injury

    Improving Outcomes Following Limb Loss: PALS Plus (PALS-PLUS)

    Postoperative Management for Degenerative Spinal Conditions

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  • Activities & Honors +


    Roger G. Barker Award for Outstanding Lifetime Scientific Contributions to Rehabilitation Psychology- American Psychological Association Division of Rehabilitation Psychology, 2011

    Fulbright Scholar, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2008 - 2009

    Serena Yang Lectureship in Rehabilitative Science, Department of Rehabilitative Science, Hong Kong Polytechnic University May, 2008

    Essie Morgan Excellence Award, American Association of SCI Psychologists and Social Workers, 2005

    Distinguished Lecturer at the American College of Rheumatology, Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Annual Scientific Meeting. San Francisco, CA. October, 2001

    Outstanding Research Paper Award: “The Biospsychosocial Model and Beyond: Helping Persons with Chronic Disease Flourish,” Arthritis Health Professions Association, 1986

    Whelan Psychology Medal, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD, 1975

    President, Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society, Loyola College, 1975

    Professional Activities

    Board member, American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology, 2002 - present

    Vice President, American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology 2007 - 2010

    President, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2005

    Visiting professor, Harry S Truman VA and University of Missouri at Columbia, February, 2004

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    Stephen Wegener, PhD, Rehabilitation Psychologist

    Dr. Wegener is a rehabilitation psychologist whose primary clinical practice focuses on providing psychological services to persons with chronic illness or traumatic injuries including chronic pain, amputation and trauma.

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    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-502-2441
    Appointment Phone: 410-614-4030
    Fax: 410-502-2419
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    5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
    Baltimore, MD 21239
    Phone: 410-502-2441
    Appointment Phone: 410-614-4030
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    Baltimore, MD

    Phone: 410-502-2438
    Fax: 410-502-2419

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