BA Luther College
MA University of Dayton
MA University of Iowa
PhD University of Iowa
Assistant Professor of Psychology Jennifer Lee, Ph.D., joined Mount Mercy in 2012. Prior to joining the university, Lee served as an NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Research Scientist at The University of Iowa in the Interdisciplinary Pain Research program. She also served at Mount Mercy and Coe College as an adjunct faculty member.
Lee’s research, in collaboration with The University of Iowa Colleges of Nursing and Medicine, examines the psychology of health and illness, with emphases in pain, cancer, aging, personality, mental health, and quality of life.
With the support of four research grants, Lee is completing her study entitled, “The Influence of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) on Head and Neck Cancer Pain and Function: A Randomized and Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial.” Her newest research investigates the effects of physical activity and rehabilitation on physical and emotional well-being in cancer patients. Lee’s long-term research goal is to develop a better understanding of pain and illness to improve quality of life for patients with cancer and chronic pain.
Her research publications have appeared in Pain, Journal of Pain, European Journal of Pain, Applied Ergonomics, and she has numerous articles under review for publication.
Lee is an active member and cancer patient advocate of local and national scholarly affiliations, including The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Patient and Family Advisory Council, the Gynecologic Oncology Group, the American Pain Society, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the American Cancer Society, among many others.
She earned The University of Iowa Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship, The University of Iowa Graduate Fellowship in Aging, the University of Dayton Research Fellowship and Clinical Traineeship, the Behavioral Medicine Grid-Enabled Psychological Assessment award, and Best Institute for Clinical and Translational Science presentation.
When she is not teaching or doing research, Lee loves sports, especially softball, baseball and wrestling. A die-hard Cubs and Hawkeye fan, she attends every Iowa athletic event she can with family and friends. She also enjoys learning about and experiencing different cultures and regularly volunteers, particularly with cancer patients.