E. Amy Janke PhD

E. Amy Janke, PhD

E. Amy Janke PhD

Chair, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Director, Master's Program in Health Psychology

Associate Professor of Psychology


BA (Villanova University)

MS (University of Pennsylvania)

PhD (Ohio University)


Dr. Janke's research targets the intersection of health behaviors, psychosocial risk factors, and chronic disease with a recent focus in the area of pain and obesity. Pain is a common problem that rarely presents itself in isolation. Individuals who suffer with chronic pain frequently experience significant psychosocial distress along with other physical concerns and behavioral risk factors. In keeping with this finding, her research focuses on understanding and addressing the problem of pain alongside other issues whether physical (e.g., hepatitis C), psychiatric (e.g., depression), and/or health risk behaviors (e.g., smoking, poor diet, and limited physical activity).

Web Site: Health Behavior Research Laboratory




Selected Scholarly Activity

Janke, E.A., Ramirez, M.L., *Haltzman, B., *Fritz, M., Kozak, A.T. (2015). Patient's experience with comorbidity management in primary: a qualitative study of comorbid pain and obesity. Primary Healthcare Research and Development, 17:1-9.PubMed PMID: 25777550.

Janke, E.A., *Fritz, M., *Hopkins, C., *Haltzman, B., Sautter, J.M., Ramirez, M.L. (2014). A randomized clinical trial of an integrated behavioral self-management intervention simultaneously targeting obesity and pain: The STOP trial. BMC Public Health, 14:621. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-621

*Benau, E.A., *Orloff, N.C., Janke, E.A., Serpell, L., Timko, C.A. (2014). A systematic review of the effects of experimental fasting on cognition. Appetite. 77:52-61. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2014.02.014. Epub 2014 Feb 27. PubMed PMID: 24583414.

Spring, B., Duncan, J.M., Janke, E.A., Kozak, A.T., McFadden, H.G., Demott, A., Pictor, A., Epstein, L.H., Siddique, J., Pellegrini, C.A., Buscemi, J. & Hedeker, D. (2013).  Effects of mobile technology on group weight loss treatment: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA Internal Medicine. 173(2):105-111. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23229890.

*Waldron, E.A., Janke, E.A., *Bechtel, C., Ramirez, M., Cohen, A. (2012). A systematic review of psychosocial interventions to improve cancer caregiver QoL. Psycho-Oncology. First published on Jun 25 2012. DOI: 10.1002/pon.3118

Janke, E.A., & Kozak, A.K. (2012). “The more pain I have, the more I want to eat”: Obesity in the context of chronic pain. Obesity. First published on Feb 15 2012. DOI:10.1038/oby.2012.39

Gorin, S.S., Krebs, P., Badr, H., Janke, E.A., Jim, H.S.L., Spring, B., Mohr, D., Berendsen, M.A., & Jacobsen, P.B. (2012). A meta-analysis of psychosocial interventions to reduce pain in cancer patients. Journal of Clinical Oncology. First published on January 17 2012. DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2011.37.0437

Duncan, J.M., Janke, E.A., Kozak, A.T., Roehrig, M., Russell, S.W., McFadden, H.G., Demott, A., Pictor, A., Hedeker , D., & Spring, B. (2011). PDA+: A Personal Digital Assistant for obesity treatment - An RCT testing the use of technology to enhance weight loss treatment for Veterans. BMC Public Health, 11:223. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-223

Janke, E.A., Weaver, F., & Spring, B. (2011). The effect of message framing on self-management of chronic pain: A new perspective on intervention? Psychology & Health, First published on April 15 2011 (iFirst). DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2010.514606

Silberbogen, A.K., Ulloa, E.W., Janke, E.A., & Mori, D.L. (2009). Treating patients with hepatitis C: Relevant psychosocial issues and treatment recommendations. Psychosomatics, 50(2), 114-122.

Janke, E.A., McGraw, S., Garcia-Tsao, G., & Fraenkel, L. (2008). Psychosocial issues in hepatitis C: A qualitative analysis. Psychosomatics, 49(6), 494-501.

Weaver, F.M., LaVela, S.L., Miskevics, S., Clemmons, N., Janke, E.A., & Spring, B. (2007). Smoking behavior and readiness to change in veterans with spinal cord injuries. Rehabilitation Psychology, 52(3), 304-310.

Janke, E.A., Collins, A., & Kozak, A.T. (2007). An overview of the relationship between pain and obesity: What do we know? Where do we go next? Journal of Rehabilitation Research& Development, 44(2), 245-262.

*USciences student co-author

Contact Information

Office location: Kline Hall Room 209
Mailing address: University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215.596.8517
Office Fax: 215.596.7625

e [dot] janke [at] usciences [dot] edu