Patricia A. Findley, Dr.PH, MSW, is Professor Emeritus at Rutgers School of Social Work. Her research interests include chronic illness, physical disability, interprofessional health education, disaster preparedness and response, and cancer survivorship. She just completed an evaluation project of the Inclusive Healthy Communities for the Bloustein School with funding from the NJ Department of Health. Past projects included examining a Medicaid Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver through an 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. As a research scholar in the Veterans Administration, she explored both physical and mental health issues, as well as trauma issues within the Veteran population.  She currently is the co-PI on a Health Resource Service Administration (HRSA) grant focused on integrated care for transition-aged youth. She has a long clinical history of 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. She has been a co-investigator on several HRSA grants focused on interprofessional health education across Rutgers. Her research appears in peer-reviewed rehabilitation, public health, and medical journals including Archives of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationWomen's Health IssuesPreventive Medicine, and Journal of General Internal Medicine. She serves a senior associate and managing editor for the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. She is a board member of Rutgers Health, the university's first healthcare system, the co-chair of the Rutgers Health Council, and sits on the Interprofessional Education Faculty Advisory Committee for the university. She is a fellow of both the HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) and the Rutgers Leadership Academy.

Courses Taught: 

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

Selected Recent Publications: 

Wiener RC, Waters C, Morgan E, Findley PA, Shen C, Wang H, et al. (2023) Increase in body mass index during the COVID-19 pandemic among people who smoke: An analysis of multi-site electronic health records. PLOS Glob Public Health 3(4): e0001474. pgph.0001474 

Wiener, R. C., Findley, P. A., Shen, C., Wang, H., Mitra, S., & Sambamoorthi, U. (2023). Cost Conversation Research. The Journal of the American Dental Association, 154(1), 6-7. 

*O’Malley, D.M., Davis, S.N., Amare, R., Sanabria, B.., Sullivan, B., Bator, A., Devine, K.A , Clemow, L., Ferrante, J.M., Findley, P.A., Miller, S.M., & Hudson, S.V (In Press) User-centered development and patient acceptability testing of a health-coaching intervention to enhance cancer survivorship follow-up in primary care, Journal of Cancer Education

*O’Malley, D., Hudson, S.V., Taylor, G., Crabtree, B. F., Kinney, A., & Findley, P.A. (In Press) Identifying social risk factors for diabetic status and multiple chronic conditions in a nationally representative sample of U.S. cancer survivors, BMC Cancer

*Kirkner, A., Plummer, S, Findley, P.A., & McMahon, S. (In Press) Campus sexual violence victims with disabilities: disclosure and help-seeking, Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Findley, P.A., Reznik, A., Isralowitz, R. (In Press) Graduate social work students’ knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about medical Marijuana, Journal of Social Work Education

Findley, P.A.  (In Press) Health and nutrition: Social work’s role. Social Work in Health Care

Findley, P.A., Willard, S., & Hunterton-Anderson, J. (2021). Florence Schorske Wald: Stand by principles, not by the title. In  M.E. O’Dowd & R. Charbonneau (Eds). Junctures: Healthcare. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

Weiner, R.W., Findley, P.A., & Shen, C. (2021). Dental and oral health. In Kaye, L. W. (Ed.), Handbook of rural aging. (pp. 470-475). New York, New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Findley, P.A., Edelstein, O., Reznik, A., Milano, N., & Isralowitz, R. Attitudes and beliefs about medical cannabis among social work students: Cross-national comparison. (2021) Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 102716
Caldwell, B. A., Alessi, E. J., DiGiulio, M., Findley, P.A., Oursler, J., & Wagner, M. (2021). Integrating behavioral health into primary care: The role of psychiatric nursing in the development of the interprofessional team. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 42:8, 758-767, DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2020.186767
Parrot, J.S., Sabato, E., Findley, P.A., Gattaletto, M., Fenesy, K.  (2021). Improving interprofessional collaboration through data-driven process evaluation of interprofessional case reviews, Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice, 22, 100364.
Zolotov, Y., Grinstein Cohen, O. Findley, P.A., Reznik, A., Isralowitz, R., Willard, S. (2021). Attitudes and knowledge about medical cannabis among Israeli and American nursing students, Nurse Education Today, 99 (April 1).104789.
*Weiner, R.W., Findley, P.A., Shen, C., Dwibedi, N., & Sambamoorthi, U., (2020). Role of smoking status in muscle strength in older adults, Epidemiology and Health, e2020055.

*Wiener, R.C., Shen, C., Findley, P.A, & Sambamoorthi, U. (2020).  Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tooth loss, and edentulism among adults in the United States, 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey, Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), 151 (10), 735-744.

*Weiner, R.W., Findley, P.A., Shen, C., Dwibedi, N., & Sambamoorthi, U. (2020). Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine utilization among adults (18-29 years), BRFSS 2015, Vaccine, 38(13), 5119-5122.

Findley, P.A. & Weiner, R.C. (2020). Oral health across the life course: A role for social work. Journal of Social Science and Humanities, 6(1):1-10.

Findley, P.A., & Harris, C.E.S. (2020). Interdisciplinary healthcare students’ experiences of intimidation, harassment and discrimination during training. Journal of Allied Health, 49(1), e39-e42.

*O’Malley, D.M., Davis, S.N., Devine, K.A., Sullivan, B., Bator, A., Clemow, L., Ferrante, J.M., Findley, P.A., Miller, Miller, S.M., & Hudson, S.V (2020). Development and usability of the e-EXCELS tool to guide cancer survivorship follow-up care. Psycho-Oncology, 29(1), 123-131.

*Davis, S., O’Malley, D., Bator, A., Ohman-Strickland, P. Clemow, L., Ferrante, J., Crabtree, B.F., Miller, S.M., Findley, P., & Hudson, S. (2019).  Rationale and design of extended cancer education for longer term survivors (EXCELS): A randomized control trial of ‘high touch’ vs. ‘high tech’ cancer survivorship self-management tools in primary care, BMC Cancer, 19 (1), 340.

*Findley, P. A. & Strong, J. (2019). Operation Veterans to Social Workers: A military social work certificate program. Social Work in Public Health, 34(1), 1-12.

*Findley, P.A, Wiener, R.C., Shen, C., & Sambamoorthi, U. (2019). Health reform under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Characteristics of exchange-based health insurance enrollees. Health and Social Work, 58(5), 1-18.

Findley, P. A. (2019). Promoting interpersonal collaboration in biomedical research. American Journal of Biomedical Science & Research4,(4) 305-306.

*Chopra, I., Tan, X., Dwibedi,N., Mattes, M., Findley, P.A., & Sambamoorthi, U. (2019). Impact of incident cancer on short-term coronary artery disease–related healthcare expenditures among Medicare beneficiaries. Journal of National Comprehensive Cancer Care Network17(2), 149-158.

*Shen, C., Zhao, X., Dwibedi, N, Wiener, R.C., Findley, P.A, & Sambamoorthi, U. (2018). Opioid use and the presence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias among elderly Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with chronic pain conditions. Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions, (4) 661-668.

Wiener, R.C., Shen, C.  Findley, P.A. Sambamoorthi, U. (2018) Dental fluorosis over time, NHANES 2001-2002 to 2011-2012, Journal of Dental Hygiene, 92(1), 23-29

Sabato, E., Owens, J., Mauro, AM, Findley, P., Sangeeta, L., Fenesy, K. (2018).Integrating social determinants of health into dental curricula: an interprofessional approach, Journal of Dental Education, (82) 3, 237-245. doi:10.21815/JDE.018.022

Wiener C, Shen C, Sambamoorthi U, Findley PA. (2017). Rural veterans' dental utilization, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, 2014. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 77 (4), 383–392.

Chopra I, Dwibedi N, Mattes M, Tan X, Findley PA, Sambamoorthi U. (2017). Non-adherence to Statins and Antihypertensives and Hospitalizations among Elderly Medicare Beneficiaries with Incident Cancer. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 15, (11), 1351-1360.

Pruginin, I., Findley, P.A., Isralowitz, R. (2017) Adaptation and resilience among clinicians under missile attack: Shared traumatic reality, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction 15 (3), 684–700. doi:10.1007/s11469-017-9748-9.

Findley, P., Pottick, K., Giordano, S. (2017). Educating social work students in disaster response. Journal of Clinical Social Work, 45 (2), 159–167.

R. Isralowitz. & P. Findley. (Editors). (2016). Mental health and addiction care in the Middle East. New York: Springer International Publishing

Findley, P., Plummer, S., McMahon, S. (2016).Exploring the experience of abuse of college students with disabilities, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(17) 2801–2823.

Willard, S., Findley, P., Wagner, M. (2016). Rutgers/FOCUS wellness center: An innovative practice and an investment in the future of Newark. Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice3, 1-4.

Parrot, J.S., Findley, P., & Rosenthal, M. (2016) Developing a recursive evaluation plan of a complex interprofessional healthcare education initiative. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education, 6, (1), 1-25.

Strong, J., Findley, P, McMahon, S., Angel, B. (2015). What is war?  Female veterans’ experiences of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan Affiila, 30 (4)489-503.

*Denotes student co-author