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Joseph G Winger, PhD

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Division: 
Behavioral Medicine & Neurosciences

Joseph G. Winger, PhD, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Winger's research focuses on the development and testing of novel psychosocial interventions for patients facing life-limiting illnesses. His work emphasizes addressing the existential aspects of coping with debilitating symptoms, particularly maintaining a sense of meaning and purpose in life. Grants from the American Cancer Society and National Palliative Care Research Center have supported his research. 

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 2017

Publications

Kelleher, Sarah A., Hannah M. Fisher, Joseph G. Winger, Tamara J. Somers, Hope E. Uronis, Arianna N. Wright, and Francis J. Keefe. “Feasibility, engagement, and acceptability of a behavioral pain management intervention for colorectal cancer survivors with pain and psychological distress: data from a pilot randomized controlled trial.” Support Care Cancer 29, no. 9 (September 2021): 5361–69. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-021-06126-8.

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Fisher, Hannah M., Joseph G. Winger, Shannon N. Miller, Arianna N. Wright, Jennifer C. Plumb Vilardaga, Catherine Majestic, Sarah A. Kelleher, and Tamara J. Somers. “Relationship between social support, physical symptoms, and depression in women with breast cancer and pain.” Support Care Cancer 29, no. 9 (September 2021): 5513–21. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-021-06136-6.

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Winger, Joseph G., Katherine Ramos, Sarah A. Kelleher, Tamara J. Somers, Karen E. Steinhauser, Laura S. Porter, Arif H. Kamal, William S. Breitbart, and Francis J. Keefe. “Meaning-Centered Pain Coping Skills Training: A Pilot Feasibility Trial of a Psychosocial Pain Management Intervention for Patients with Advanced Cancer.” J Palliat Med, August 12, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2021.0081.

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Check, Devon K., Joseph G. Winger, Kelley A. Jones, and Tamara J. Somers. “Predictors of Response to an Evidence-Based Behavioral Cancer Pain Management Intervention: An Exploratory Analysis From a Clinical Trial.” J Pain Symptom Manage 62, no. 2 (August 2021): 391–99. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.12.020.

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Samsa, Gregory P., Joseph G. Winger, Christopher E. Cox, and Maren K. Olsen. “Two Questions About the Design of Cluster Randomized Trials: A Tutorial.” J Pain Symptom Manage 61, no. 4 (April 2021): 858–63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.11.019.

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Kelleher, Sarah A., Joseph G. Winger, Hannah M. Fisher, Shannon N. Miller, Shelby D. Reed, Beverly E. Thorn, Bonnie Spring, et al. “Behavioral cancer pain intervention using videoconferencing and a mobile application for medically underserved patients: Rationale, design, and methods of a prospective multisite randomized controlled trial.” Contemp Clin Trials 102 (March 2021): 106287. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2021.106287.

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Steinhauser, Karen E., Karen M. Stechuchak, Katherine Ramos, Joseph Winger, James A. Tulsky, and Maren K. Olsen. “Current measures of distress may not account for what's most important in existential care interventions: Results of the outlook trial.” Palliat Support Care 18, no. 6 (December 2020): 648–57. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1478951520001170.

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Stout, Madison E., Shannon M. Christy, Joseph G. Winger, Susan T. Vadaparampil, and Catherine E. Mosher. “Self-efficacy and HPV Vaccine Attitudes Mediate the Relationship Between Social Norms and Intentions to Receive the HPV Vaccine Among College Students.” J Community Health 45, no. 6 (December 2020): 1187–95. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10900-020-00837-5.

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Winger, Joseph G., Katherine Ramos, Karen E. Steinhauser, Tamara J. Somers, Laura S. Porter, Arif H. Kamal, William S. Breitbart, and Francis J. Keefe. “Enhancing meaning in the face of advanced cancer and pain: Qualitative evaluation of a meaning-centered psychosocial pain management intervention.” Palliat Support Care 18, no. 3 (June 2020): 263–70. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1478951520000115.

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Winger, Joseph G., Christine Nunez, Sarah A. Kelleher, Krista K. Ingle, Vicky Gandhi, Francis J. Keefe, and Tamara J. Somers. “Predictors of Intervention Session Completion in a Randomized Clinical Trial of a Behavioral Cancer Pain Intervention.” J Pain Symptom Manage 59, no. 6 (June 2020): 1268–77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.01.020.

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