Elizabeth Amy Janke PhD

Elizabeth Amy Janke PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology


BA (Villanova University)

MS (University of Pennsylvania)

PhD (Ohio University)

Research Interests

Dr. Janke's research targets the intersection of health behaviors, psychosocial risk factors, and chronic disease with a recent focus in the area of pain and obesity. Pain is a common problem that rarely presents itself in isolation. Individuals who suffer with chronic pain frequently experience significant psychosocial distress along with other physical concerns and behavioral risk factors. In keeping with this finding, her research focuses on understanding and addressing the problem of pain alongside other issues whether physical (e.g., hepatitis C), psychiatric (e.g., depression), and/or health risk behaviors (e.g., smoking, poor diet, and limited physical activity).

Web Site: Health Behavior Research Laboratory

Selected Scholarly Activity

Janke, E.A., McGraw, S., Garcia-Tsao, G., & Fraenkel, L. (2008). Psychosocial issues in hepatitis C: A qualitative analysis. Psychosomatics, 45(6), 1-8.
Weaver, F.M., LaVela, S.L., Miskevics, S., Clemmons, N., Janke, E.A., & Spring, B. (2007). Smoking behavior and readiness to change in veterans with spinal cord injuries. Rehabilitation Psychology, 52(3), 304-310.
Janke, E.A., Collins, A., & Kozak, A.T. (2007). An overview of the relationship between pain and obesity: What do we know? Where do we go next? Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, 44(2), 245-262.
Janke, E.A., & Holroyd, K.A. (2007) Pericranial muscle tenderness is associated with widespread pain sensitivity, psychiatric comorbidity and dysfunctional psychological responses to pain in healthy young adult females. In R. Jensen, H-C Diener, & J. Olsen (Eds.), Frontiers in Headache Research (vol. 15, pp. 108-113). New York: Oxford University Press.
Silberbogen, A., Janke, E.A., & Hebenstreit, C. (2007). A closer look at pain and hepatitis C: Preliminary data from a veteran popultion. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, 44(2), 231-244.
Heapy, A., Otis, J., Stein Marcus, K.S., Frantsve, L.M., Janke, E.A., Shulman, M., Bellmore, W., & Kerns, R.D. (2005) Intersession coping skill practice mediates the relationship between readiness for self-management and goal accomplishment. Pain, 118, 360-368.
Silberbogen, A.K., Janke, E.A., & Mori, D.L. (2005). Healthy Choices for Veterans. Companion handbook for the Hepatitis C Education & Support Group. Published through the Public Health Strategic Health Care Group, Department of Veterans Affair.
Janke, E.A., Holroyd, K.A., & Romanek, K. (2004). Depression increases onset of tension-type headache following laboratory stress. Pain, 111, 230-238.
Janke, E.A., (2008, March). Obesity & Pain: Patient Experiences & Health Behavior Correlates. In J. Sellinger (Chair), Co-morbid pain and obesity: Implications for treatment and research. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.
Janke, E.A. & *Bailey, K.C. (2008, March). Message framing & pain self-management: New prespective on intervention? Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.
Janke, E.A. (2007, January). Message-framing: New ideas about pain treatment. Paper presentation sponsored by Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Preventative Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.
Janke, E.A. (2007, January). Chronic pain syndromes: A biopsychosocial perspective. Incited speaker at "Medicine from a Biopsychosocial Perspective". Sponsored by the Northwestern Center for Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders and the American Psychosomatic Society, Chicago, IL.
Janke, E.A., & Holroyd, K.A. (2002, June). Psychophysiological mechanisms associated with vulnerability to tension-type headaches in depressed and non-depressed individuals. Platform presentation at the annual meeting of the American Headache Society, Seattle, WA.

Contact Information

Office location: Kline Hall Room 201
Mailing address: University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215.596.8517
Office Fax: 215.596.7625

e [dot] janke [at] usciences [dot] edu