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Joyce M. Engel, PhD, OT, FAOTA

 Joyce Engel
(414) 229-5534
(414) 229-2619
Enderis Hall 977


Ph D Child and Developmental Psychology University of Kansas 1988
MA Human Development University of Kansas 1984
BS Occupational Therapy University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1979

Speaker Topics

  • Pain Assessment
  • Pain Interventions
  • Pain in Youths
  • Physical Disability-Related Pain
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Interests & Expertise

Joyce Engel’s research focuses on pain assessments and pain interventions for persons with chronic pain, especially youths with physical disabilities, e.g., cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy. She has developed three valid and reliable pain assessments for youths with physical disability-related pain: the Pediatric Community Participation Questionnaire, Survey of Pain Attitudes – Pediatric Version and the Modified Brief Pain Inventory.

Engel has investigated the efficacy of relaxation techniques, biofeedback, hypnosis and cognitive restructuring as analgesia in persons with chronic pain. She has been an investigator on several pain grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Engel participated in numerous service projects with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF), the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Selected Publications

Kerfeld, C., Dudgeson, B. J., Engel, J. M., & Kartin, D. (In Press). Child self-reported outcome measures. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics.
Engel, J. M., Bjornson, K. F., O’Rourke, D. A., McLaughlin, J. F., & White, V. (In Press). The association of motor and communication impairments to health status in cerebral palsy. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation.
Engel, J. M., Anderson, M., Borkovec, E., Weiss, E., & Woelfel, S. (2016). Interventions and their effectiveness in the treatment of cerebral palsy-related pain in youths. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – International, 3(1).
Miro, J., Castarlenas, E., de la Vega, R., Sole, E., Tome-Pires, C., Engel, J. M., Jensen, M. P., & Racine, M. (2016). Validity of three rating scales for measuring pain intensity in youths with physical disabilities. European Journal of Pain, 20(1), 130-137.
Holsti, L., Backman, C., & Engel, J. M. (2013). Occupational therapy. McGrath, P. J., Stevens, B., Walker, S., & Zempsky, W. (Eds.). Oxford Press: The Oxford textbook of pain.
Kerfeld, C., Dudgeson, B. J., Engel, J. M., & Kartin, D. (2013). Development of items that assess physical function in children who are wheelchair users. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 25(2), 158-166.
Engel, J. M. (2013). Evaluation and pain management. Pendleton, H. M., & Schultz-Krohn, W. (Eds.). 7 ed., 718-728. St. Louis/Mosby Elsevier: Pedretti’s occupational therapy for physical dysfunction.
Engel, J. M., Jensen, M. P., & Bolen, G. M. (2012). The development and preliminary validation of the Pediatric Survey of Pain Attitudes. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 91(2), 114-121.
Engel, J. M., Wilson, S., Tran, S., Jensen, M. P., & Ciol, M. (2012). Pain catastrophizing in youths with physical disabilities and chronic pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38(2), 192-201.
Hirsch, A. T., kARTZ, A. L., Engel, J. M., & Jensen, M. P. (2011). Survey results of pain treatment in adults with cerebral palsy. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, 90(2), 1-10.
Engel, J. M., & Davis, F. A. (2011). Pain regulation. Brown, C. A., & Stoffel, V. C. (Eds.). , 358-370. Philadelphia: Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for the future.
Jensen, M. P., Moore, M. R., Bockow, T. B., Ehde, D. M., & Engel, J. M. (2011). Psychological factors and adjustment to chronic pain in persons with physical disabilities: A systematic review. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92, 146-160.
McGough, E. L., Kelly, V. E., Logsdon, R. G., McCurry, S., Cochrane, B. B., Engel, J. M., & Teri, L. (2011). Associations between physical performance and executive function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment: Gait speed and the timed “up & go” test. Physical Therapy, 91(8), 1198-1210.
Engel, J. M. (2011). Pain in persons with developmental disabilities. OT Practice, 16(21), CE-1-CE8.
Hirsch, A. T., Gellegos, J. C., Gertz, K. J., Engel, J. M., & Jensen, M. P. (2010). Symptom burden in individuals with cerebral palsy. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, 47(9), 863-876.

Research Partners

  • University of Washington

Honors & Awards

Leaders & Legacies Society (2015) The American Occupational Therapy Foundation.
Service Commendation (2012) The American Occupational Therapy Association.
Academy of Research (2007) American Occupational Therapy Foundation.
2000 Leadership Service Commendation (2000) The American Occupational Therapy Foundation.
Service Award (1997) The American Occupational Therapy Association.
Roster of Fellows (1996) The American Occupational Therapy Association.
Young Alumni Award (1991) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Distinguished Alumni Award in Occupational Therapy (1990) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Kansas Occupational Therapy Scholarship (1980) .
St. Michael Hospital Scholarship (1979) .