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Associate Professor

Departmental Affiliations

School of Medicine

Contact Info

Century for Injury Prevention, 5th Floor Hampton House

Research Interests

  • rehabilitation
  • self-management
  • psychology
Experiences & Accomplishments

As a rehabilitation psychologist, my research has focused on theories and projects that have the potential to improve function and reduce disability for persons with chronic illness and impairments. Specific research projects have 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, pain associated with disability *Factors that influence rehabilitation outcomes specifically the role of positive psychological variables -denial, positive coping, hope and spirituality

Honors & Awards

Fulbright Scholar 2008-2009

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

Vice President, American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology 2007- present

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

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

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

Distinguished Lecturer at the American College of Rheumatology /Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Annual Scientific Meeting. San Francisco, CA. October, 2001. The Biospsychosocial Model and Beyond: Helping Persons with Chronic Disease Flourish.

Outstanding Research Paper Award, Arthritis Health Professions Association 1986.

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

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

Select Publications
  • Wegener ST, Mackenzie E, Ephraim P, Ehde D,  Williams R. (2009).  Self-management Improves Outcomes in Persons with Limb Loss. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation ; 90 (3):373-80. PMID: 19254599

  • 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. 152, 1349–1357.  PMID: 21396777

  • Bradford, AN*, Castillo RC; Carlini AR, Wegener ST, Teter H, Mackenzie EJ. (2011). The Trauma Survivors Network: Survive. Connect. Rebuild. Journal of Trauma. 70(6):1557-60. PMID: 21817993

  • Castillo RC, Wegener ST, Heins SE, Haythornthwaite JA, MacKenzie EJ,  Bosse MJ. (In press). Anxiety and Depression in the Etiology of Chronic Pain: Results from a Two Year Cohort Study of Trauma Patients. Pain.

  •             Castillo RC; Wegener ST, Bradford, AN,  Teter H; Carlini AR,  Mackenzie EJ. (2013) Improving Outcomes at Level 1 Trauma Centers: An Early Evaluation of the Trauma Survivors Network. Journal of Trauma. 74(6):1534-40. PMID:23694884

Improving Activity and Participation After Limb Loss: PALS-Plus
Innovations in measuring injury and disability in low income countries: Use of a demographic surveillance system in Uganda
Self-Managing the Consequences of Major Limb Trauma
Improving Trauma Outcomes: A Patient-Centered Approach
Improving Outcomes Following Injury: A Self-Management Approach
Pain Management Following Musculoskeletal Injury
Program for the Advancement of the UAW-Ford On-site Rehabilitation Centers