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James Fauerbach, Ph.D.

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Chief Psychologist, Baltimore Regional Burn Center and the JHBMC Cardiology Division

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Expertise: Anxiety Disorders, Burn Scars, Burns, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Depression, Depression in Heart Disease, Post Traumatic Stress, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychologist, Psychology more

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center


4940 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, MD 21224 map

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center


5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle Asthma and Allergy Center Baltimore, MD 21224 map

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)


1800 Orleans St. Sheikh Zayed Tower Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Broadly speaking, Dr. James A. Fauerbach''s research interests regard the dynamic relations among stress, emotions, coping and health within the context of medical and surgical crises. This work is conducted primarily among those with acute burn injury or with acute coronary syndromes, and employs experimental, quasi-experimental, and epidemiological methods.  His interests among those with major burn injuries include the etiology, natural history, prevention and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and body image dissatisfaction. In addition, he is investigating the prevalence and impact of social stigmatization on those with distinctive appearances, and the differential effectiveness of various methods of coping with pain and distress associated with medical procedures. 

Also of great interest is the impact of depression on morbidity and mortality following acute coronary events such as myocardial infarction.  He has been awarded numerous external grants including two cycles as the Principal Investigator for a federally funded Burn Injury Model System (H133A97020101).  This multi-center collaboration currently involves several projects including a clinical trial of cognitive-behavioral methods for treating acute stress disorder, and using standard and online sampling methods to develop a tool for measuring perceived social stigmatization. Additionally, with his cardiologist co-investigators, Drs. David E. Bush and Roy C. Ziegelstein, he is investigating the biological and behavioral mechanisms through which depression at the time of myocardial infarction is associated with poor outcome. more


  • Chief Psychologist, Baltimore Regional Burn Center and the JHBMC Cardiology Division
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Joint Appointment in Surgery

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Body Image Dissatisfaction:

1. Fauerbach, J.A., Heinberg, L., Lawrence, J.W., Bryant, A.G., Richter, L., Spence, R.J. Coping with body image changes following a disfiguring burn injury. Health Psychology 2002; 21:115 - 121

2. Fauerbach, J., Heinberg, L., Lawrence, J., Munster, A., Palombo, D., Richter, D. The effect of early body image dissatisfaction on subsequent psychological and physical adjustment following disfiguring injury. Psychosomatic Medicine 2000; 62: 576 - 582.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder:

3. Fauerbach, J., Lawrence, J., Schmidt, C., Munster, A, Costa, P. Personality predictors of injury-related PTSD. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 2000; 188:510 - 517.

4. Fauerbach, J.A., Richter, L., Lawrence, J.W. Regulating acute posttrauma distress. Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation 2002; 23: 249-257. Post-Myocardial Infarction Depression:

5. Ziegelstein, R.C., Fauerbach, J.A., Stevens, S., Romanelli, J., M.D., Richter, D.P., Bush, D. Depressed patients are less likely to follow recommendations to reduce cardiac risk during recovery from a myocardial infarction. Archives of Internal Medicine 2000; 160:1818-1823.

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