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Patricia Findley

Associate Professor, Newark MSW Campus Coordinator

DrPH, Illinois, Chicago

Dr. Findley's research interests include physical disability, chronic illnesses, women's health, and the veteran population.


Patricia A. Findley, Dr.PH, MSW, is an Associate Professor of Social Work, the Special Assistant to the Dean for Interprofessional Health Initiatives, and the Newark MSW Campus Coordinator. Her research interests include chronic illness, physical disability, interprofessional health education, disaster preparedness and response, and cancer survivorship. She holds a research scholar position within the Veterans Administration where she explores both physical and mental health issues, as well as trauma 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 co-authored a book, The Cancer Survivor Handbook: The Essential Guide to Cancer Survivorship. With funding from USAID, she has collaborated with American, Israeli, and Palestinian colleagues on educating students and mental health professionals on disaster preparedness and response. More recent work has her exploring the impact of Hurricane Sandy on both individuals in New Jersey as well as the state behavioral health system response to the storm. 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 a senior associate and managing editor for the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation.

Courses Taught: 

  • Social Welfare Policy & Services I
  • Social Work Practice I
  • Research Methods for Social Work I
  • Chronic Illness and Disability
  • Intervention Research (Doctoral Level) 

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 Rehabilitation, 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.

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