As medical science continues to progress, so does the field of rehabilitation psychology. Since its publication in 2000, the first edition of Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology has become the most influential book covering principles and practices of the specialty. This second edition updates and significantly revises the original text to account for fast-paced developments in the field. Over one-third of the chapters are new, including several on developmental issues and risk factors for children with severe illness or injuries.

Reflecting the ever-expanding scope of rehabilitation psychology, this handbook covers diverse topics such as the clinical conditions most common to rehabilitation psychology (spinal cord injury, limb amputation, traumatic brain injury, stroke and more), assessment and clinical interventions, neuroimaging, alcohol and substance abuse, vocational rehabilitation, assistive technology for cognitive impairments, ethics, spirituality, and the problems of family caregivers.

Due to its unparalleled breadth of coverage, Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology, Second Edition will serve the needs of psychologists, doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, rehabilitation therapists, and a variety of other health care practitioners and researchers as well as graduate students in these fields.

Table of Contents



—Robert G. Frank and Bruce Caplan

I. Clinical Conditions

  1. Spinal Cord Injury
    —J. Scott Richards, Donald G. Kewman, Elizabeth Richardson, and Paul Kennedy
  2. Limb Amputation
    —Bruce Rybarczyk, Jay Behel, and Linda Szymanski
  3. Traumatic Brain Injury in Adults
    —Joseph H. Ricker
  4. Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology With Stroke Survivors
    —Bruce Caplan
  5. Psychological Assessment and Practice in Geriatric Rehabilitation
    —Peter A. Lichtenberg and Brooke C. Schneider
  6. Psychological Rehabilitation in Burn Injuries
    —Shelley Wiechman Askay and David Patterson
  7. Chronic Pain
    —Michael E. Robinson and Erin M. O'Brien
  8. Cognition and Multiple Sclerosis: Assessment and Treatment
    —Nancy D. Chiaravalloti and John DeLuca

II. Assessment

  1. Functional Status and Quality-of-Life Measures
    —Allen W. Heinemann and Trudy Mallinson
  2. Neuropsychological Practice in Rehabilitation
    —Thomas A. Novack, Mark Sherer, and Suzanne Penna
  3. Forensic Psychological Evaluation in Rehabilitation
    —Brick Johnstone, Laura H. Schopp, Cheryl L. Shigaki, and Kelly Lora Franklin
  4. Assessment of Personality and Psychopathology
    —Douglas Johnson-Greene and Pegah Touradji
  5. Neuroimaging
    —Erin D. Bigler

III. Clinical Interventions

  1. Alcohol and Other Drug Use in Traumatic Disability
    —Charles H. Bombardier and Aaron P. Turner
  2. Psychotherapeutic Interventions
    —Michele J. Rusin and Jay M. Uomoto
  3. Assistive Technology for Cognition and Behavior
    —Ned L. Kirsch and Marcia J. Scherer
  4. Cognitive Rehabilitation
    —Tessa Hart
  5. Evidence-Based Practice With Family Caregivers: Decision-Making Strategies Based on Research and Clinical Data
    —Kathleen Chwalisz and Stephanie Clancy Dollinger

IV. Pediatrics

  1. Pediatric Neuropsychology in Medical Rehabilitation Settings
    —Janet E. Farmer, Stephen M. Kanne, Maureen O. Grisson, and Sally Kemp
  2. Neurodevelopmental Conditions in Children
    —Seth Warschausky and Jacqueline Kaufman
  3. Rehabilitation in Pediatric Chronic Illness: Juvenile Rheumatic Diseases as an Exemplar
    —Janelle Wagner, Kevin A. Hommel, Larry L. Mullins, and John M. Chaney
  4. Family, School, and Community: Their Role in the Rehabilitation of Children
    —Shari L. Wade and Nicolay Chertkoff Walz

V. Emerging Topics for Rehabilitation Psychology

  1. Vocational Rehabilitation
    —Robert T. Fraser and Kurt Johnson
  2. Spirituality and Rehabilitation
    —Kathie J. Albright, Martin Forchheimer, and Denise G. Tate
  3. Women's Experience of Disability
    —Margaret A. Nosek
  4. The Social Psychology of Disability
    —Dana S. Dunn
  5. Central Nervous System Plasticity and Rehabilitation
    —Gitendra Uswatte, Edward Taub, Victor W. Mark, Christi Perkins, and Lynne Gauthier
  6. Prevention, Assessment, and Management of Work-Related Injury and Disability
    —Stephen T. Wegener and William Stiers
  7. Application of Positive Psychology to Rehabilitation Psychology
    —Dawn M. Ehde

VI. Professional Issues

  1. Ethics
    —Stephanie L. Hanson and Thomas R. Kerkhoff
  2. Health Policy 101: Fundamental Issues in Health Care Reform
    —Glenn S. Ashkanazi, Kristofer J. Hagglund, Andrea Lee, Zoe Swaine, and Robert G. Frank
  3. The Rehabilitation Team
    —Lester Butt and Bruce Caplan
  4. Rehabilitating the Health Care Organization: Administering Psychology's Opportunity
    —Charles D. Callahan
  5. Competencies of a Rehabilitation Psychologist
    —Mary R. Hibbard and David R. Cox

Afterword: Of Bins and Arrows
—John D. Corrigan


About the Editors

Editor Bios

Robert G. Frank, PhD, is senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Kent State University in Ohio. Previously, he was the dean of the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida, where he also served as a professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. His first appointment was at the University of Missouri–Columbia School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where he established the Division of Clinical Health Psychology and Neuropsychology.

He was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in 1991–1992 and worked with Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). After completing the fellowship, Dr. Frank returned to the University of Missouri, where, as assistant to the dean for health policy, he continued to work on federal and state health policy. He continued to work with Senator Bingaman and managed Missouri's state health reform effort, the ShowMe Health Reform Initiative.

Dr. Frank holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico. He is a diplomate in clinical psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is past president and current fellow of Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) of the American Psychological Association and a fellow of the Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) and Division 38 (Health Psychology).

At the time of his death in May 2007, Mitchell Rosenthal, PhD, was the chief operating officer at the Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation in West Orange, New Jersey and professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the New Jersey Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He previously held faculty appointments at Wayne State University in Detroit, Rush Medical College in Chicago, Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Dr. Rosenthal published the first comprehensive textbook on brain injury rehabilitation in 1993 (Rehabilitation of the Adult and Child with Traumatic Brain Injury), now in its third edition (1999). He cofounded the first scientific journal solely dedicated to traumatic brain injury, the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Dr. Rosenthal was one of the original cofounders of the Brain Injury Association (formerly known as the National Head Injury Foundation) in 1980. He published over 100 peer-reviewed articles.

Dr. Rosenthal served as president of Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (1992–1993), president of the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology (1999–2001), president of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (2005–2006), and was a member of the board of trustees of the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (1993–1998) and the American Board of Professional Psychology (2005–2007).

He received the first Annual Sheldon Berrol, MD, Clinical Services Award from the Brain Injury Association in 1988 for contributions to advancement of the field of brain injury rehabilitation and the 2002 Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Contributions to Brain Injury Rehabilitation from the University of Texas, as well as the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Gold Key Award in 2002.

Bruce Caplan, PhD, ABPP, FACRM, is board certified in both rehabilitation psychology and clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), National Academy of Neuropsychology, and American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Dr. Caplan serves as associate editor of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation and is a member of the editorial boards of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, and Rehabilitation Psychology. He previously served as editor of Rehabilitation Psychology. In 1987, Dr. Caplan edited the first comprehensive rehabilitation psychology textbook (Rehabilitation Psychology Desk Reference), and he is a coeditor of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology.

He is past president of the Philadelphia Neuropsychology Society and of Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) of the APA. He is the recipient of 2 Distinguished Service Awards and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Division 22.

Dr. Caplan was a founding member of the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology. Currently in independent practice, he was formerly professor and chief psychologist in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Jefferson Medical College.