Judith M. Schlaeger, PhD, CNM, LAc, FAAN
Department of Women, Children and Family Health Science
Pronouns: She, her, hers
Building & Room:
845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612
Dr. Judith Schlaeger is a certified nurse midwife, licensed acupuncturist, and Chinese herbalist. She is a pain researcher, interested in developing new assessments and treatments for chronic pain by integrating conventional and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Specifically, Dr. Schlaeger’s research focuses on treatments for vulvodynia, which is characterized by vulvar pain and pain with vaginal penetration. It affects 7 million American women and has no consistently effective treatments. She was recently awarded $2,036,000 National Institutes of Health R01 funding, over 5 years, to study the effect of acupuncture on vulvar pain and painful intercourse in women with vulvodynia. Women suffering from vulvodynia and interested in participating in the study can learn more via the study website.
Dr. Schlaeger also studies pain modeling and characterization of chronic pain syndromes, including sickle cell disease and angina. She is a member of the UIC Sickle Cell team. Dr. Schlaeger also conducts research for stable angina which affects up to 9 million Americans. Many Americans living with angina continue to experience symptoms after hospital discharge despite receiving guidelines-directed medical therapy. She has developed an acupuncture protocol which will soon be tested in a pilot study for the reduction of symptoms of stable angina.
Dr. Schlaeger’s integration of TCM and western medicine in women’s health practice and research offers a treatment paradigm that has attracted citations in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including the National Vulvodynia Association in its continuing medical education program, the European Guidelines for the Management of Vulvodynia, and the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease for its policies and guidelines for the treatment of vulvodynia.
Her dedication to women’s health also includes teaching workshops on the use of acupressure in labor, which provides non-drug options for the reduction of pain, to certified nurse midwives and labor and delivery nurses.
NIH/NICHD, Double-blind Phase 2 RCT: Effect of Acupuncture on Patient Vulvodynia Outcomes, Principal Investigator
NIH/NINR, Feasibility Testing of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Acupuncture to Improve Symptoms for Stable Angina (AIMS-A)., Co-Principal Investigator
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing Internal Research Support Program (IRSP), Feasibility Testing of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Acupuncture to Improve Symptoms for Women with Stable Angina (AIMS-A), Co-Principal Investigator
University of Illinois at Chicago Campus Research Board, Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research, Characteristics of Vulvodynia Pain: A Nationwide On-line Survey Pilot Study, Principal Investigator
University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Research on Women and Gender, Building Interdisciplinary Research through Careers in Women’s Health Associate., Principal Investigator
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing Internal Research Support Program (IRSP), Acupuncture for Vulvodynia: A Double-blinded Feasibility Pre-Pilot Study, Principal Investigator
Schlaeger, J. M., Stoffel, C. L., Bussell, J. L., Cai, H-Y, Takayama, M., Yajima, H., Takakura, N. Moxibustion for Cephalic Version of Breech Presentation. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. 2018 June. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12752
Schlaeger, J. M., Cai, H. Y., Xu, N., Steffen, A. D., Wang, L., Wilkie, D. J. Do Vulvodynia TCM Patterns Differ by Pain Types? Beginning Evidence Supporting the Concept. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2017 May 1. doi: 10.1089/acm.2015.0353. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 28294632.
Schlaeger, J. M., Gabzdyl, E. M., Bussell, J. L., Takakura, N., Yajima, H., Takayama, M., Wilkie, D. J. Acupuncture and Acupressure in Labor. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. 2017 Jan;62(1):12-28. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12545.
Schlaeger, J. M., Xu, N., Mejta, C. L., Park, C., Wilkie, D. J. Acupuncture for the Treatment of Vulvodynia: A Randomized Wait-list Controlled Pilot Study (translated into German; see below). Journal of Sexual Medicine. 2015; 12(4): 1019-1027. doi: 10.1111/jsm.12830.
Schlaeger, J. M., Xu, N., Mejta, C. L., Park, C. G., Wilkie, D. J., & Ots, T. (2015). Acupuncture for the Treatment of Vulvodynia: A Randomized Wait-list Controlled Pilot Study. Deutsche Zeitschrift fur Akupunktur, 58(3), 27. doi: 10.1016/S0415-6412(15)30039-4
2014 Postdoctoral Fellowship. University of Illinois at Chicago, Center of Excellence for End-of-Life Transition. Research Mentor: Diana J. Wilkie, PhD, RN, FAAN
2009- 2013 Doctor of Philosophy. Acupuncture Science. Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine; Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China. Dissertation: “Acupuncture for the Treatment of Vulvodynia”
1999-2005 Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine. Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, Chicago, IL
1999-2005 Bachelors of Science in Nutrition. Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, Chicago, IL
1999-2002 Diploma in Acupuncture. Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, Chicago, IL
1986-1988 Masters of Science in Nurse-Midwifery. University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
1977-1980 Bachelors of Science in Nursing. University of Illinois at Chicago,
Licensures and Certifications
2003-present Certification in Acupuncture, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
2003-present Licensed Acupuncturist, State of Illinois, License Number 198-000608
2001-present Advanced Practice Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife, State of Illinois, License Number 209-001907
1988-present Certification in Nurse Midwifery, American College of Nurse-Midwives, Number 5281
1980-present Registered Professional Nurse, State of Illinois, License Number 041-197938