Assistant Professor of Psychology

104B Warde
319-363-1323 ext. 1294

BA, Luther College
MA, Univ. of Dayton
MA, Univ. of Iowa
PhD, Univ. of Iowa
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Univ. of Iowa

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor of Psychology Jen Lee, Ph.D., joined the Mount Mercy faculty full-time in 2012. Prior to 2012, Dr. Lee served at the Univ. of Iowa as an NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Pain Research Program, and as an Associate Research Scientist in Iowa’s College of Nursing. She was also an adjunct faculty member at Mount Mercy and Coe College since 2008.

Dr. Lee’s faculty-student research, in collaboration with The Univ. of Iowa Colleges of Nursing and Medicine (Physical Therapy, Oncology) and the Univ. of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), examines the psychology of health and illness, with emphases in pain, cancer, aging, personality, mental health, and quality of life. Her publications appear in Pain, Journal of Pain, European Journal of Pain, Applied Journal of Pain Research, Ergonomics, and she has several articles under review for publication.

With the support of numerous research grants, Dr. Lee’s research centers on identifying non-pharmacologic approaches to managing pain, fatigue, function and quality of life in patients with cancer and chronic pain, particularly in underserved and/or palliative care patients. She recently completed her clinical trial entitled, “Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) for 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 among patients diagnosed with lung cancer. Dr. Lee’s undergraduates play a pivotal role in these studies, and one of her students has her own grant to examine associations between allergies, neurodevelopment and behavior in children referred for outpatient therapy.

Dr. Lee is an active member of numerous Univ., local and national service and scholarly affiliations, including the: UIHC Patient and Family Advisory Council, Iowa Cancer Consortium, American Pain Society, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and International Association for the Study of Pain, among many others. She is also an invited speaker at a variety of clinical conferences, and is appointed as a National Cancer Advocate for the NIH’s Gynecologic Oncology Group.

In recent years, she earned the: UIHC Patient Service Excellence Award; Univ. of Iowa Dissertation Fellowship;  Univ. of Iowa Graduate Fellowship in Aging; Univ. of Dayton Research Fellowship and Clinical Traineeship; Behavioral Medicine Grid-Enabled Psychological Assessment award; and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and Midwest Pain Society presentation awards. While at Luther College, Jen was a 4-time National Scholar Athlete, NCAA Academic All-Conference, and an NCAA 3rd Team Softball Pitcher.

When Jen is not teaching or doing research, she 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.


2017 Panelist, UI College of Public Health Patient-Centered Training
2017 Invited Expert Interview, Cervical Cancer Prevention, KXIC 800AM
2016 Faculty of the Year Finalist, Mount Mercy University
2015 Invited Expert Interview, Cancer-Related Lifestyle Risk Factors and Health, KXIC 800AM
2015 Invited Expert, Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, ASHA Podcast
2015 Invited Expert Interview, Cancer-Related Lifestyle Risk Factors and Health, KXIC 800AM
2014 Invited Expert Speaker, “Physical Activity for Lung Cancer,” Univ of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
2014 Invited Speaker, “Exercise for Lung Cancer,” Univ of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
2014 Patient Service Excellence Award, Univ of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Cancer Center
2013 Invited Expert Speaker, "Psych. Factors Related to Cancer Pain, Fatigue and Function," Mercy Cancer Conference
2013 Invited Speaker, Mount Mercy University Community Faculty Forum
2012-pres Nationally Appointed Cancer Advocate, Gynecologic Oncology Group
2012-pres  Board Member, Cervical Cancer and Experimental Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology Group
2012  Best Presentation Award, Midwest Pain Society
2012 Invited Speaker, "The Psychology of Pain," UIHC Rehabilitation Therapies
2011 Pioneer, Behavioral Medicine Grid-Enabled Psychological Assessment
2010-12 Post Doctoral Fellow, Interdisciplinary Pain Research Program
2010-11 Coe College Faculty Mentor of the Year Finalist
2009 Best Presentation, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
2008-09 University of Iowa Seashore Dissertation Fellowship
2008 Invited Speaker, University of Iowa Graduate College Commencement
2008 Finalist, University of Iowa Hancher-Finkbine in Award (most distinguished graduate student)
2007-08 Fellowship, Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship in Aging 
2004-08 Fellowship, University of Iowa Research Travel Awards
2000 University of Dayton Research Fellowship
1999-01 University of Dayton Clinical Traineeship
1999 Luther College Magna Cum Laude
1995-99  Luther College Honors Program
1995-99 Luther College Deans List
1999 McElroy Foundation Fellowship Finalist
1999 NCAA 3rd Team All-Region Softball Pitcher
1997-99 Luther College Research Grants
1996-99 Faculty-Nominated Scholorships
1996-99 Meriel and Robert Lounsberry Scholarship
1996-99 Class of 1931 Endowed Scholarship
1995-99 Larsen Presidential Scholarship
1995-99 NCAA Academic All-Conference
1995-99 National Fastpitch Coaches National Scholar Athlete

Selected Publications

Lee JE, Bisht B, Hall MJ, Rubenstein LM, Louison R, Klein DT, Wahls TL (2017). A multimodal, nonpharamacologic intervention improves mood and cognition function in people with Multiple Sclerosis. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 36(3), 150-168. DOI: 10.1080/07315724.2016.1255160. pdf

Feinstein JS, Khalsa SS, Salomons TV, Prkachin KM, Frey-Law LA, Lee JE, Tranel D, Rudrauf D (2015). Preserved emotional awareness of pain in a patient with extensive bilateral damage to the insula, anterior cingulate, and amygdala. Brain Structure and Function, DOI 10.1007/s00429-014-0986-3. pdf

Feldt R, Lee JE & Dew D (2014). Criterion validity of facets versus domains of the Big Five Inventory. Individual Differences Research, 12(2), 59-68. pdf

Frey-Law LA, Lee JE, Wittry AM, Melyon M. (2013). Pain rating schema: Three distinct subgroups of individuals emerge when rating mild, moderate and severe pain. J Pain Res, 7, 13-23. PMID: 24379696 pdf

Liebano RE, Vance CGT, Rakel B, Lee JE, Cooper NA, Walsh DM, Sluka KA. (2013). Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and conditioned pain modulation (CPM) influence the perception of pain in humans. Eur J Pain, 7(10),1539-46. PMID:23650092 pdf

Dailey DL, Rakel BA, Vance CGT, Liebano RE, Anand AS, Bush H., Lee KS, Lee JE, Sluka KA. (2013). Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation reduces pain and fatigue in individuals with fibromyalgia. Pain, 154 (11), 2554-62. PMID: 23900134 pdf

Lee JE, Watson D, Frey-Law LA (2013). Psychological factors predict local and referred experimental muscle pain: A cluster analysis in healthy adults. Eur J Pain, 17(6), 903-15. PMID: 23165778 pdf

Frey Law LA, Lee JE, McMullen T, Xia T (2010). Relationships between maximum holding time and ratings of pain and exertion differ for static and dynamic tasks. Applied Ergonomics, 42(1), 9-15. pdf

Lee JE, Watson D, Frey Law LA. (2010). Lower-order pain-related constructs are more predictive of cold pressor pain ratings than higher-order personality traits. J Pain, 11(7), 681-691. pdf

Frey Law LA, Sluka KA, McMullen T, Lee J, Arendt-Nielsen L & Graven-Nielsen T (2008). Acidic buffer induced myalgia produces referred pain and mechanical hyperalgesia in humans. Pain, 140, 254-264. pdf