foundations from the Foundation

foun•da•tion     noun     a basis upon which something stands or is supported

The field of rehabilitation psychology arose from the multiple schools of thought that were present or emerged in the first half of the 20th century. The founders of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and the scholars who sought to understand the psychology of disability are the foundation upon which our specialty was built. Their scholarly writing provides a historical context for how the field conceptualizes issues today.

The board of directors of the Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology thought that current students and professionals in the field might find interest in some of the early writings of the psychologists who became the foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology. As a service to rehabilitation psychologists, board members will periodically highlight published work by these psychologists. For those interested in reading the original publication, a PDF link will be posted on the Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology website. We hope to strengthen the field by linking the present with our rich past.

Fall 2013

Roberta Trieschmann (1939-) 
The role of the Psychologist in the treatment of spinal cord injury (PDF, 707KB)
Trieschmann, Roberta B.
Paraplegia 16, 1978-79; 212-219 

Fall 2012

Wilbert "Bill" Fordyce, PhD (1923-2009) 
Operant conditioning in the treatment of chronic pain (PDF, 1.52MB) 
Fordyce W.E., Fowler R.S. Jr., Lehmann J.F., Delateur B.J., Sand P.L., Trieschmann R.B. ( 1973) 
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1973 Sep;54(9):399-408.)

Spring 2012

Roger G. Barker, PhD (1903-1990)
Psychological aspects of rehabilitation (PDF, 121KB)
Barker, R. G.
Psychological Bulletin, Vol 40(6), Jun 1943, 451-453

Spring 2014