Francis J. Keefe
  • Francis J. Keefe

  • Professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
  • Psychology and Neuroscience
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  • Overview

    The primary aim of our research over the past year has been to evaluate the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral treatments for arthritis pain. We are conducting two treatment outcome studies supported by grants from the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases. The first project, conducted with osteoarthritis patients, seeks to determine whether aerobic exercise training can enhance the effects of a cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) intervention for managing pain and disability. The CBT intervention is innovative in that it systematically involves spouses in training in pain coping skills. The second project, tests the long-term effectiveness of a relapse prevention training intervention. This study will feature the use of newly developed daily study methods to analyze the long-term effects of pain coping skills training on daily pain. In addition, in conjunction with Lara Schanberg of the Department of Medicine we are carrying out a study funded by the Arthritis Foundation that examines the effects of a pain coping skills training regimen for pediatric fibromyalgia patients. Finally, we are currently gathering pilot data for two new research projects. One project seeks to evaluate the efficacy of a cognitive behavior theapy and education intervention for managing pain in patients having breast cancer and prostate cancer. The second project examines the efficacy of patient controlled compression protocol in the management of pain during mammography.
  • Specialties

    • Clinical Psychology
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Ohio State University,
      • 1975
      • M.S.,
      • Ohio State University,
      • 1973
      • B.A.,
      • Bowdoin College,
      • 1971
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Wilbert E. Fordyce Clinical Investigator Award and Lecture,
      • American Pain Society,
      • 0 1999
  • Selected Publications

      • 1992.
      • Keefe FJ, Dunsmore J, Burnett R: Behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches to chronic pain: Recent advances and future directions. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 60: 528-536, 1992..
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      • 1990.
      • Keefe FJ, Caldwell DS, Williams DA, Gil KM, et al.: Pain coping skills training in the management of osteoarthritic knee pain: A comparative study. Behavior Therapy 21: 49-62, 1990..
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      • 1986.
      • Keefe FJ, Manuel JC, Brantley AB, Crisson JE: Pain in the head and neck cancer patient: Changes over treatment. Head and Neck Surgery 8: 169-176, 1986..
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      • 1983.
      • Rosentiel AK, Keefe FJ: The use of coping strategies in chronic low back pain patients: Relationship to patient characteristics and current adjustment Pain 17: 33-44, 1983..
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      • 1982.
      • Keefe FJ, Block AR: Development of an observation method for assessing pain behavior in chronic low back pain patients. Behavior Therapy 13: 363-375, 1982..
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