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Judith M. Schlaeger, PhD, CNM, LAc, FAAN

Associate Professor

Department of Human Development Nursing Science

Pronouns: She, her, hers

Contact

Building & Room:

812 NURS

Address:

845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612

Office Phone:

312.413.4669

CV Download:

4.2.21-SchlaegerCV.pdf

About

Dr. Schlaeger is a pain scientist. She is focused on the development of translational treatments for chronic pain. Dr. Schlaeger has an extensive background as a practicing licensed acupuncturist where she developed her interest in researching pain; and as a certified nurse midwife where she developed her interest in developing treatments for vulvodynia, a chronic pain syndrome, which has no consistently effective treatments. Dr. Schlaeger is grounded in Western medicine  and trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She understands the limitations and strengths of both paradigms. Dr. Schlaeger has already made a major contribution to science by being the first to demonstrate that, in an unblinded study, her standardized acupuncture treatment protocol significantly reduced the pain and dyspareunia of vulvodynia. She has three currently funded NIH acupuncture studies, an R01, an R21, and a UG3 (pending UH3) that are focused on using acupuncture for three chronic pain conditions. The R01 is testing a double-blind phase two randomized controlled trial (RCT) (Double-blind Phase 2 RCT: Effect of Acupuncture on Patient Vulvodynia Outcomes), The R21 is to improve symptoms of stable angina (Feasibility Testing of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Acupuncture to Improve Symptoms for Stable Angina),and the newly awarded UG3 (Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Trial of Guided Relaxation and Acupuncture for Chronic Sickle Cell Disease Pain) is the 1-year planning mechanism for a 4-year (UH3) RCT that compares acupuncture to guided relaxation for sickle cell disease pain. Collaborating with the UIC sickle cell research team, through self-report measures as well as QST testing, we found early evidence that the pain of SCD may have a neuropathic component. In addition, Dr. Schlaeger's background of understanding the origins of chronic pain (e.g., sickle cell disease and vulvodynia) greatly allows her to contribute to the evaluation of pain in sickle cell disease patients.

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.

Selected Grants

NIH/NICHD R01, Double-blind Phase 2 RCT: Effect of Acupuncture on Patient Vulvodynia Outcomes, Principal Investigator

NIH/NINR R21, Feasibility Testing of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Acupuncture to Improve Symptoms for Stable Angina (AIMS-A)., Co-Principal Investigator

NIH/NCCIH HEAL INITIATIVE UG3, Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Trial of Guided Relaxation and Acupuncture for Chronic Sickle Cell Disease Pain, Multiple Principal Investigator

NIH/NICHD Administrative Supplement, Postpartum Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Prevention: Intensive Risk Assessment, Education and Monitoring, Co-Investigator

NIH/NINR F31, Cervical Remodeling in the Postpartum Period, Co-Sponor

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Reinvestigation of Katakori (Neck/Shoulder Stiffness) in Japan: Comparing It with Neck Pain in the US, Consultant

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

Selected Publications

Steffen AD, Burke LA, Pauls HA, Suarez ML, Yao Y, Kobak WH, Takayama M, Yajima H, Kaptchuk TJ, Takakura N, Wilkie DJ, Schlaeger JM. Double-blinding of an acupuncture randomized controlled trial optimized with clinical translational science award resources. Clinical Trials Journal. July 10, 2020.  https://doi.org/10.1177/1740774520934910

Molokie, R. E., Wang, Z. J., Yao, Y., Powell-Roach, K. L., Schlaeger, J. M., Suarez, M. L., Shuey, D. A., Angulo, V., Carrasco, J., Ezenwa, M. O., Fillingim, R. B., Wilkie, D. J. Sensitivities to Thermal and Mechanical Stimuli: Adults with Sickle Cell Disease Compared to Healthy, Pain-free African American Controls. The Journal of Pain. November 13, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2019.11.002.

Schlaeger, J. M., Cain, K. C., Myklebust, E. K., Powell-Roach, K. L., Dyal, B. W., Wilkie, D. J. Hospitalized Patients Quantify Verbal Pain Intensity Descriptors:  Methodological Issues and Values for 26 Descriptors. PAIN. October 8, 2019. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001716. PMID: 31599851

Powell-Roach, K. L., Yao, Y., Rutherford J. N., Schlaeger, J. M., Patil, C. L., Suarez, M. L., Angulo,V., Shuey, D., Carrasco, J., Ezenwa, M. O., Fillingim, R. B., Wang, Z. J., Molokie, R. E., Wilkie, D. J. Thermal and Mechanical Quantitative Sensory Testing Values Among Healthy African American Adults. Journal of Pain Research. ​August 8, 2019. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S211855

Schlaeger, J.M., Cai, H.Y., Steffen, A.D., Angulo, V., Shroff, A., Briller, J.E., Hoppensteadt, D., Uwizeye, G., Pauls, H.A., Takayama, M., Yajima, H., Takakura, N., DeVon HA. Acupuncture to Improve Symptoms of Stable Angina (AIMSA): Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 Jul 29. https://doi.org/10.2196/14705.

Schlaeger, J. M., Pauls, H. A., Powell-Roach, K. L., Thornton, P. D., Hartmann, D., Suarez, M. L., Kobak, W. H., Hughes, T. L., Steffen, A. D., Patil, C. L. Vulvodynia, “A Really Great Torturer”: A Mixed Methods Pilot Study Examining Pain Experiences and Drug/Non-drug Pain Relief Strategies. Journal of Sexual Medicine. July 24, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2019.05.004.

Schlaeger, J.M., Cai, H.Y., Steffen, A.D., Angulo, V., Shroff, A., Briller, J.E., Hoppensteadt, D., Uwizeye, G., Pauls, H.A., Takayama, M., Yajima, H., Takakura, N., DeVon HA. Acupuncture to Improve Symptoms of Stable Angina (AIMSA): Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 Jul 29. https://doi.org/10.2196/14705.

 

Schlaeger, J. M., Patil, C. L., Steffen, A. D., Pauls, H. A., Roach, K. L., Thornton, P. D., Hartmann, D., Kobak, W. H., Yao, Y., Suarez, M. L., Hughes, T. L., Wilkie, D. J. Sensory Pain Characteristics of Vulvodynia and their Association with Nociceptive and Neuropathic Pain: An Online Survey Pilot Study. PAIN Reports. 2019 February. doi: 10.1097/PR9.0000000000000713. PMID: 31041417.

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. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2015.0353.

 

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. Journal of Sexual Medicine. 2015; 12(4): 1019-1027. https://doi.org/10.1111/jsm.12830.

Education

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,
Chicago, IL

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