Susan L. Murphy, ScD, OTR

Dr. Murphy is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department and a Research Health Science Specialist at the VA Ann Arbor Health Care System, GRECC. She has been the recipient of various grants through NIH, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and the American College of Rheumatology’s Research and Education Foundation. She is currently the Director of MICHR’s Practice-Oriented Research Training (PORT) Program at the University of Michigan. Dr. Murphy is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and on the editorial board of the Arthritis Care and Research Journal.

Stacey L. Schepens, PhD, OTR

Dr. Stacey L Schepens is a NIH-sponsored postdoctoral fellow in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department under the guidance of Dr. Susan Murphy. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Occupational Therapy from Wayne State University and PhD in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University. She has been involved in a number of studies on balance and falls in older adults and is now researching fatigue and pain in older adults with osteoarthritis. She has earned several awards for her work in gerontology such as the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Student Award, SEMTEC Instructional Technology Annual Scholarship, and the Everett J. Soop Award from the Michigan Society of Gerontology. Her research interests include educating older adults in health promotion and injury prevention topics and understanding the mechanisms of fatigue in this population.

Angela K. Lyden

Ms. Lyden is a Research Specialist in the Department of Physical Medical & Rehabilitation. She has spent the past 20 years studying the experience of chronic pain and fatigue symptoms on daily life. This research has included patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, as well as osteoarthritis and cancer. Ms. Lyden has dual Master’s degrees - one in Clinical Exercise Science from The George Washington University, and on in Clinical Research Design & Biostatistics from the University of Michigan.  She has written a book chapter on physical activity for patients with chronic pain, and has helped develop behavioral management programs for people with chronic pain and fatigue.

Jessica F. Koliba, BA

Ms. Jessica Koliba received her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She began her work in research with Dr. Murphy as her mentor in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program here at Michigan. Her primary responsibilities involve study coordination and project management. She is responsible for recruiting and screening research candidates along with data collection. She is also responsible for regulatory compliance for oversight organizations such as the UM IRBMED and VA IRB.