Joan E. Broderick, PhD

Associate Director, USC Dornsife Center for Self-Report Science
Senior Behavioral Scientist, USC Center for Economic and Social Research

Joan E. Broderick, PhD's Bio

Joan E. Broderick, PhD, is a senior behavioral scientist at the USC Center for Economic and Social Research and associate director of the USC Dornsife Center for Self-Report Science. She was previously an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Stony Brook University.

Broderick’s research focuses on the methodology of patient-reported outcome (PRO) measurement, application of PROs in clinical and research settings, and clinical trials for treatment of chronic pain. She was a principal investigator with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) PROMIS Roadmap Initiative, Re-engineering the Clinical Research Enterprise, a consortium effort to revamp tools for measuring PROs in clinical trials. She examines psychometric characteristics and ecological validity of PROs (e.g., pain, fatigue, physical functioning, depression, sleep and wellbeing) in patients in medical and community settings. In 2013, she completed an NIH-funded, multisite clinical trial of pain-coping-skills training for patients with chronic osteoarthritis. Past research has included work on sleep-disordered breathing, functional somatic syndromes and disaster psychology.

Broderick has served on the editorial boards of Health Psychology, Psychosomatic Medicine and Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research, and has authored more than 85 peer-reviewed papers, chapters and other publications, more than half focused on PROs. She is a consultant for international survey scientists, contract research organizations, the Department of Defense and other groups on outcomes measurement and development and implementation of PROs. She has served on NIH review study sections as chair and standing member, including the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases clinical trials study section.

Broderick has been honored with election to the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Health Psychology Division.

She holds a BA and PhD from Stony Brook University.

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