Joan Romano, PhD

Personal Statement

My professional interests are in the area of behavioral medicine and health psychology, with particular interests in  psychological aspects of chronic pain and illness. I also have a strong interest in psychology training and served as Training Director of the Psychology Internship Program at the UW Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences from 2003-2013. I have also served as Secretary and member of the Executive Board of the American Pain Society.

Training Programs

Teaching Philosophy

​One of the most gratifying aspects of being a faculty member is the privilege of training the outstanding psychology and psychiatry residents and medical students at the UW School of Medicine. As a leading research institution as well as a teaching medical center, the UW provides faculty and students with the ability to use cutting edge research findings to inform clinical teaching and care, and provide the highest quality of training experiences to our students and residents.

Recent Publications

Couple Communication in Cancer: Protocol for a Multi-Method Examination.
Front Psychol 12(): 769407
Langer SL, Romano JM, Keefe F, Baucom DH, Strauman T, Syrjala KL, Bolger N, Burns J, Bricker JB, Todd M, Baucom BRW, Fischer MS, Ghosh N, Gralow J, Shankaran V, Zafar SY, Westbrook K, Leo K, Ramos K, Weber DM, Porter LS

Mediation of outcomes for cognitive behavioral therapy targeted to parents of children with Functional Abdominal Pain Disorders.
(2021 Nov)
J Psychosom Res 150(): 110618
van Tilburg MAL, Levy RL, Stoner S, Romano JM, Murphy TB, Abdullah B, Mancl L, Feld AD

Usability and Acceptability of a Smartphone App to Assess Partner Communication, Closeness, Mood, and Relationship Satisfaction: Mixed Methods Study.
(2020 Jul 6)
JMIR Form Res 4(7): e14161
Langer SL, Ghosh N, Todd M, Randall AK, Romano JM, Bricker JB, Bolger N, Burns JW, Hagan RC, Porter LS

Links Between Communication and Relationship Satisfaction Among Patients With Cancer and Their Spouses: Results of a Fourteen-Day Smartphone-Based Ecological Momentary Assessment Study.
Front Psychol 9(): 1843
Langer SL, Romano JM, Todd M, Strauman TJ, Keefe FJ, Syrjala KL, Bricker JB, Ghosh N, Burns JW, Bolger N, Puleo BK, Gralow JR, Shankaran V, Westbrook K, Zafar SY, Porter LS

A Couple-Based Communication Intervention for Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Survivors and Their Caregiving Partners: Feasibility, Acceptability, and Change in Process Measures.
(2018 Sep)
Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 24(9): 1888-1895
Langer SL, Porter LS, Romano JM, Todd MW, Lee SJ

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