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Kenneth Robey

Kenneth Robey

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I am Director of a research institute located at the Matheny Medical and Educational Center. My research generally centers around psychosocial aspects of disability at the individual and societal levels. I am particularly interested in health care for persons with disabilities, preparation of health care professionals to serve people with disabilities, and health care professionals' attitudes (implicit or explicit) that might impact on services provided to persons with disabilities.

I have been working with faculty from medical schools, nursing schools, and other healthcare training programs to explore options for including disability-related experiences in healthcare training curricula. Since 2007, I've been working with others to build a national consortium of health care faculty who share this interest. That group has formalized as the "Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education, Inc.," and I am a Trustee Emeritus and was founding President of that organization. (The Alliance is officially a 501c3 public charity, so donations are tax deductible!!!)

I have also been involved in research on behavior and cognition in persons with Lesch-Nyhan disease, a rare genetic disorder with a very unusual behavioral phenotype, and I've done some work using agent-based computer modeling to explore "Schelling's Checkerboard" theory of segregation and its implications for community-based group homes for people with disabilities.

Prior to my current work, in the early 90's I worked in the mental health field as Vice-President for Research and Evaluation for a large provider of residential services for persons with serious and persistent mental illness.

Funding has included a Mary E. Switzer Rehabilitation Research Merit Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR, U.S. Department of Education); a NIDRR field-initiated project grant to develop multimedia modules to train medical students in skills to work with patients who have developmental disabilities; a grant from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities; various small foundation grants; a project evaluation component of a project funded by the New Jersey Health Initiatives program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and I was Principal Investigator on a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to study psychosocial impact of participation in the fine arts for persons with developmental disabilities.

In addition to my role at Matheny, I'm on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and I have taught undergraduate and graduate level psychology and research methods courses at Rutgers University, Centenary College, and Montclair State University on an adjunct basis.

I was fortunate to be selected to receive a Fulbright Specialist award to lecture at the University of East Anglia, UK in April, 2015, to work with their wonderful faculty on strengthening disability-related training for their health care students, and to learn from them about disability and health in England.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Health Psychology
  • Self and Identity

Journal Articles:

  • Clarkson, A., & Robey, K. L. (2000). The use of identity structure modeling to examine the central role of musical experience within the identity of a young woman with severe physical disabilities. Music Therapy Perspectives, 18, 115-121.
  • Eddey, G.E. & Robey, K.L. (2005). Considering the culture of disability in cultural competence education. Academic Medicine, 80, 706-712.
  • Long-Bellil, L.M., O’Connor, D., Robey, K.L., Minihan, P.M., Graham, C.L. & Smeltzer, S. (2011). Disability in Health Care Education: Defining the Population. Academic Medicine, 86(9), 1066-1068.
  • Long-Bellil, L.M., Robey, K.L., Graham, C.L., Minihan, P.M., Smeltzer, S., and Kahn, P. (2011). Teaching medical students about disability: The use of standardized patients. Academic Medicine, 86(9), 1171-1178.
  • Matthews, W. S., Solan, A., Barabas, G., & Robey, K. (1999). Cognitive functioning in Lesch-Nyhan syndrome: a 4-year follow-up study. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 41, 260-262.
  • Robey, K. L. (2008). Identity related to living situation in six individuals with congenital quadriplegia. Disability and Rehabilitation, 30, 107-113.
  • Robey, K. L. (1994). Group home residents' identities as patients and as community members. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 45, 58-62.
  • Migliore, L.E., Scoopo, F.J. & Robey, K. L. (1999). Fiberoptic examination of swallowing in persons with severe developmental disability: Managing the assessment situation. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 8, 303-308.
  • Robey, K. L. (1997). Structural examination of identity in an individual with severe physical disabilities. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 9, 91-100.
  • Robey, K. L., Ramsland, S. E., & Castelbaum, K. (1991). Alignment of agency and personal missions: An evaluation. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 19, 39-45.
  • Muckenhoupt, M. & Robey, K. L. (1992). Use of formal assessments among providers of residential services for the seriously mentally ill. Psychological Reports, 71, 915-918.
  • Minihan, P.M., Robey, K.L., Long-Bellil, L.M., Graham, C.L., Hahn, J.E., Woodard, L., and Eddey, G. (2011). Outcomes of disability-related training for the generalist physician: An exploration of the contributions of knowledge, attitudes and skills. Academic Medicine, 86(9), 1163-1170.
  • Eddey, G. E., Robey, K. L., & McConnell, J. (1998). Increasing medical students' self-perceived skill and comfort in examining persons with severe disabilities: The use of standardized patients who are nonverbal due to cerebral palsy. Academic Medicine, 73 (October Supplement), 106-108.
  • Eddey, G. E., Robey, K. L., Zumoff, P. & Malik, Z. (1995). Multidisciplinary screening in an arena setting for developmental delay in children from birth to six years of age. Infant-Toddler Intervention, 5, 233-241.
  • Robey, K.L., Beckley, L., & Kirschner, M. (2006). Implicit infantilizing attitudes about disability. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 18, 441-453.
  • Robey, K. L., Cohen, B. D., & Epstein, Y. M. (1988). Children's reactions to affection given to someone else: The effects of parental divorce, gender, and sibling position. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 17, 2-7.
  • Robey, K. L., Cohen, B. D., & Gara, M. (1989). Self-structure in schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 98, 436-442.
  • Robey, K. L., Gwiazda, J. A., & Morse, J. S. (2001). Nursing students' self-attributions of skill, comfort, and approach when imagined caring for persons with severe developmental disabilities. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 13, 361-371.
  • Robey, K. L., Reck, J. F., Giacomini, K. D., Barabas, G., & Eddey, G. E. (2003). Modes and patterns of self-mutilation in persons with Lesch-Nyhan disease. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 45, 167-171.

Other Publications:

  • Robey, K. L., & Ramsland, S. E. (1994). Will the quality of worklife in public human service organizations be significantly improved by using quality management techniques? ("Yes" argument). In M. J. Austin & J. I. Lowe (Eds.), Controversial Issues in Communities and Organizations. Boston: Allyn & Bacon

Courses Taught:

  • Dev. Disabilities for Med Students (clerkship rotation)
  • General Social Psychology (graduate)
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Psychology of Aggression
  • Research Methods for Social Work (graduate)

Kenneth Robey
Matheny Medical and Educational Center
P.O. Box 339
Peapack, New Jersey 07977
United States

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