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Doerte U. Junghaenel

Research Scientist
Dornsife Center for Self-Report Science
and Center for Economic & Social Research

Contact Information

Center for Economic and Social Research
University of Southern California
635 Downey Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3332
Phone: 213-821-1780

E-mail: junghaen@usc.edu

Biographical Sketch

Doerte U. Junghaenel, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist at the Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) and the Center for Self-Report Science (CSS) in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC). She joined USC from Stony Brook University in New York.

Her primary research interests are geared towards supporting patients and their families in the successful adaptation to chronic medical conditions. As a Health and Social Psychologist, she believes that effectively assisting patients with medical needs takes many forms ranging from the precise assessment of self-reported health and wellbeing, to the recognition that people vary in the ways they cope with disease and respond to medical care, to an understanding that interpersonal dynamics with family members and healthcare providers play an integral part in patients’ illness experience.

Dr. Junghaenel’s research focuses on the measurement of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) via multi-modal methodology, the examination of individual differences in adaptation and symptom experience, and the study of patient-proxy (i.e., spouse, healthcare provider) interactions/perspectives and how they may relate to effective disease management, rehabilitation, and favorable patient adaptation in chronic pain. Additional interests include the examination of cost-effective psychosocial interventions for chronic disease as a supplement to standard pharmacologic treatment and mobile health technologies in rheumatic disease.


  • Ph.D. in Psychology (Social/Health) Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, 2006
  • M.A. in Psychology (Social/Health) Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, 2003

Sample Publications

    1. Junghaenel, D.U., Schneider, S., Cohen, J., Stone, A.A., Broderick, J.E. Trajectories of fatigue in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy: preliminary evidence using the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS®). Supportive Care in Cancer, 2015. (in press).

    2. Broderick, J.E., Keefe, F.J., Bruckenthal, P., Junghaenel, D.U., Schneider, S., Schwartz, J.E., Kaell, A.T., Caldwell, D.S., McKee, D., Reed, S. Gould, E. Nurse practitioners can effectively deliver Pain Coping Skills Training to osteoarthritis patients with chronic pain: A randomized, controlled trial. Pain, 2014, 155:1743–1754.

    3. Junghaenel, D.U., Schneider, S., Broderick, J.E., Christodoulou, C., Stone, A.A. Ecological Validity and Clinical Utility of Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS®) instruments for detecting premenstrual symptoms of depression, anger, and fatigue. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 2014, 76:300-306.

    4. Christodoulou, C., Schneider, S., Junghaenel, D.U., Broderick, J.E., Stone, A.A. Measuring daily fatigue using a brief scale adapted from the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS®). Quality of Life Research, 2014, 23:1245-1253.

    5. Schneider, S., Choi, S.W., Junghaenel, D.U., Schwartz, J.E., Stone, A.A. Psychometric characteristics of daily diaries for the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS®): a preliminary investigation. Quality of Life Research, 2013, 22:1859-1869.

    6. Junghaenel, D.U., Keefe, F.J., Broderick, J.E. Multi-modal examination of psychological and interpersonal distinctions among MPI coping clusters: A preliminary study. The Journal of Pain, 2010, 11:87-96.

    7. Junghaenel, D.U., Broderick, J.E. Validation of the MPI patient profiles by partners and healthcare providers. Pain, 2009, 144:130-138.
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