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.
Awards and Honors
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
The Daisy Foundation
Efficacy of a home exercise program for lung cancer survivors: A patient-centered study
The goal of this study is to examine the efficacy and feasibility of a patient-centered home exercise program (strength, stretching, walking) on fatigue, pain function and quality of life among LC survivors.
Role: Principle Investigator
McElroy Foundation Grant
Associations between allergies, neurodevelopment and autistic symptoms in children
The goal of this study is to examine the relationship between allergies (common, non-IgE-mediated and environmental food allergies, eczema, asthma) and neurodevelopment (autistic symptoms, behavior, sensory processing) in children referred to outpatient occupational, physical, or speech therapy.
Role: Principle Investigator
Pathways to Scholarship
Psychological factors related to allergies and behavioral difficulties in children
This study's goal is to examine the relation between psychological distress, allergy sensitivity and behavioral concerns in children referred to outpatient therapy.
Role: Principle Investigator
Genetics and Trait Influences on Pain Heterogeneity
The goal of this study is to investigate the factors contributing to pain heterogeneity (sex, psychological, genetics) using a human experimental pain model, and acidic intramuscular infusion.
Iowa Interdisciplinary Program in Pain Research: Clinical Trails in Translational Pain Research
This study's goal is to investigate the efficacy of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) on mucositis pain and function in head and neck cancer patients receiving radiation therapy.
Role: Post Doctoral Fellow
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