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Stephen T. Wegener, M.A., Ph.D.
Stephen T Wegener, M.A., Ph.D.
Director, Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Expertise: Adjustment to Chronic Illness, Amputee Rehabilitation, Pain Management, Psychologist, Rehabilitation Psychology, Spinal Cord Injury
Research Interests: Prevention of disability; Improving outcomes following injury; Pain; Psychology; Self-management; Rehabilitation
Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station
10755 Falls Rd.
Pavilion I, Suite 320
Lutherville, MD 21093 map
Contact for Research Inquiries
Patricia Kirkhart, Research Program Coordinator
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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.
- Director, Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Departments / Divisions
- American Board of Professional Psychology / Rehabilitation Psychology (1998)
Research & Publications
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 Keywordsamputation, musculoskeletal injury, traumatic injury
Selected PublicationsView all on Pubmed
- 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
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