Stephen T. Wegener, Ph.D., M.A.

Stephen T Wegener, Ph.D., M.A.

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  • Vice-Chair for Faculty Development and Affairs, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


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

Research Interests

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

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10803 Falls Road
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Lutherville, MD 21093
Phone: 410-616-7400 | Fax: 410-614-4033
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Dr. Stephen Wegener is a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also a 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. more


  • Vice-Chair for Faculty Development and Affairs, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Board Certifications

  • American Board of Professional Psychology (Rehabilitation Psychology) (1998)

Research & Publications

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.

Clinical Trial Keywords

amputation, musculoskeletal injury, traumatic injury

Clinical Trials

Pain Management Following Musculoskeletal Injury

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

Postoperative Management for Degenerative Spinal Conditions

Selected Publications

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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.

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

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

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.

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

Contact for Research Inquiries

Patricia Kirkhart, Research Program Coordinator
600 N. Wolfe St.
Phipps 174
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-502-4453

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, 2008
  • Vice President, American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology, 2007 - 2010
  • President, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2005
  • Essie Morgan Excellence Award, American Association of SCI Psychologists and Social Workers, 2005
  • Donlin M. Long Pain Service Award, Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2017


  • American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers

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Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Dr. Stephen Wegener Embarks on Research Project to Better Understand the Risk Factors for Chronic Pain | Restore (Spring 2017)

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