Patricia Findley
Patricia Findley
Associate Professor
DrPH, Illinois, Chicago
Dr. Findley's research interests include physical disability, chronic illnesses, women's health, and the veteran population.


Patricia A. Findley is an Associate Professor of Social Work (DrPH, University of Illinois-Chicago, 1996; MSW, Loyola University, 1989). She conducts quantitative analyses on disability and chronic illnesses examining disparities in access and co-occurring physical and mental illnesses. She holds a research scholar position within the Veterans Administration where she explores both physical and mental health issues, as well as gender issues within the veteran population. Past projects included examining a Medicaid Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver through a NIH K-Award grant and validation of the Medical Listings and program reform of the Social Security Disability Determination Process through a collaborative agreement with the Social Security Administration. She has a long clinical history in working with those with disabilities in medical rehabilitation settings, and more recently co-authored a book, The Cancer Survivor Handbook: The Essential Guide to Cancer Survivorship, and now includes the exploration of cancer survivorship and its meaning with respect to vocational reentry and health promotion for this newer chronic illness. Her research appears in peer-reviewed rehabilitation, public health and medical journals including Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Women's Health Issues, Preventive Medicine, and Journal of General Internal Medicine. She serves at the assistant editor of the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation and is a standing panel reviewer for the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research for Field Initiated Grant Projects.

Courses Taught:

  • Social Welfare Policy & Services I
  • Social Work Practice I
  • Research Methods for Social Work I
  • Chronic Illness and Disability

Selected Recent Publications:

Findley, P. A., and Wilson, C. P. (2009). International efforts: Perspectives, policies and programs. In Feuerstein, M. (Ed.), Cancer survivorship and work. New York, New York: Springer Publishing.

Mitra, S, Findley, P, & Sambamoorthi, U. (2009) Healthcare expenditures of living with a disability: Total
expenditures, out of pocket expenses and burden, 1996-2004. Archives of Physical Medicine and
, 90, 1532-1540.

Findley, P., & Sambamoorthi, U. (2009). Preventive health services and lifestyle practices in cancer survivors: A population health investigation, Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 3, 43-58.

Banerjea, R., Findley, P., and Sambamoorthi, U. (2008). Disparities in preventive care by body mass index categories among women. Women & Health, (47)4:1-17.

Shen, Y., Findley, P.A., Maney, M., Pogach, L., Crystal, S., Rajan, M., Findley, T. (2008) Department of Veterans Affairs-Medicare dual beneficiaries with stroke: Where do they get care? Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Review, 45(1):1-9.

Findley, P. A. (2007). An international comparison of approaches to cancer survivorship. In M. Feuerstein (Ed.) Handbook of cancer survivorship. New York: Springer Publication.

M. Feuerstein & P. Findley. (2006). The cancer survivor handbook: The essential guide to cancer survivorship. New York: Avalon Publishing.

Wei W., Findley PA., & Sambamoorthi U. (2006). Disability and receipt of clinical preventive services
among women. Women's Health Issues. 16, 286-96.

Tseng, C.L,. Sambamoorthi, U., Tiwari, A,. Rajan, M., Findley, P., & Pogach, L. (2006). Diabetes care
among veteran women with disability. Women's Health Issues. 16, 361-71.