24. Rehabilitation Psychology

  1. Paul R. Martin5,
  2. Fanny M. Cheung BA PhD6,
  3. Michael C. Knowles MCom (Qld), PhD (Edin)7,
  4. Michael Kyrios8,
  5. J. Bruce Overmier9 and
  6. José M. Prieto10
  1. William Stiers PhD, ABPP (RP)1,
  2. Kathryn Nicholson Perry PhD2,
  3. Paul Kennedy3 and
  4. Marcia J. Scherer PhD, MPH4

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch24

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

How to Cite

Stiers, W., Perry, K. N., Kennedy, P. and Scherer, M. J. (2011) Rehabilitation Psychology, in IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology (eds P. R. Martin, F. M. Cheung, M. C. Knowles, M. Kyrios, J. B. Overmier and J. M. Prieto), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch24

Editor Information

  1. 5

    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

  2. 6

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

  3. 7

    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 8

    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  5. 9

    University of Minnesota, USA

  6. 10

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Author Information

  1. 1

    Northwestern University, USA

  2. 2

    University of Western Sydney, Australia

  3. 3

    University of Oxford, UK

  4. 4

    University of Rochester Medical Center, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193313

Online ISBN: 9781444395150



  • rehabilitation psychology;
  • rehabilitation psychology practice - specialty within domain of professional health-service psychology;
  • roots of psychological study - traced back to beginning of recorded history;
  • rehabilitation psychologists, services to individuals - with traumatic, chronic, or congenital injuries or illnesses, their families, and rehabilitation teams and programs;
  • concepts of disability;
  • changes in physical functioning, task functioning and social functioning - disrupting previously established personal, family and community equilibriums;
  • self-management - direct work with individuals and caregivers, work done to develop disease self-management strategies, improving disease-specific control;
  • rehabilitation psychologists, developing specialized knowledge and practices - in regard to working with rehabilitation teams and programs;
  • assistive technology (AT), anything used - for maintaining or increasing functional capabilities;
  • disability, common outcome of chronic health conditions - and disability closely related to increased health care costs


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Historical Overview

  • Definition and Scope of the Field

  • Key Research Findings and Applications

  • Future Developments, Challenges, Opportunities

  • Public Policy Implications

  • References