Leonard Jason

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Leonard A. Jason, PhD, is a professor of psychology at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, USA and Director of the Center for Community Research at DePaul University which includes the Depaul University Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Project.

Dr. Jason developed chronic fatigue syndrome after contracting infectious mononucleosis in 1989, necessitating a leave of absence from his university job for a year and a half. After recovering enough to return to work, he began studying chronic fatigue syndrome: “What I found was that the illness had a lousy name, chronic fatigue syndrome,” he recalled. “It had an even worse case definition. The tests used to assess people’s psychological conditions were inappropriate. The treatments being used were inappropriate. And the prevalence data was not very good. So I said to myself, ‘Boy, I’m gonna have business for the next 20 years.’”[1] He has become one of the most respected and prolific researchers of chronic fatigue syndrome.

In 2008, David Tuller profiled for The New York Times Dr. Jason's experience as both living with and researching myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).[2]

Education[edit | edit source]

  • 1975 - Ph.D., Clinical/Community Psychology, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York[3]
  • 1971 - B.A., Psychology, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts[4]

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • 2015, American Psychological Association’s award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research[5]
  • 2013, DePaul University College of Science and Health award for Excellence in Research[6]
  • 2011, Rudy Perpich Senior Lectureship Award, presented to a distinguished CFS/FM scientist, physician or healthcare worker awarded by International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis[7]
  • 2011, Tom Fellows award for outstanding contributions to the Oxford House organization[8]
  • 1997, CSN ACTION Champion Award from the Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Association of America (CAA)[9]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee[edit | edit source]

Dr. Jason served as a voting member of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from April 1, 2004 to April 1, 2011.[10]

Open letter to The Lancet[edit | edit source]

Two open letters to the editor of The Lancet urged the editor to commission a fully independent review of the PACE trial, which the journal had published in 2011. The first, written in 2015, was signed by Dr. Jason and five of his colleagues. In 2016, thirty-six additional colleagues in the ME/CFS field, signed the second letter.

Pediatric case definition[edit | edit source]

Dr. Jason is one of the authors of the Pediatric Case Definition for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

  • 2006, "A Pediatric Case Definition for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome"
    "Summary: For a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), most researchers use criteria that were developed by Fukuda et al. (1994), with modifications suggested by Reeves et al. (2003). However, this case definition was established for adults rather than children. A Canadian Case Definition (ME/CFS; Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/CFS) has recently been developed, with more specific inclusion criteria (Carruthers et al., 2003). Again, the primary aim of this case definition is to diagnose adult CFS. A significant problem in the literature is the lack of both a pediatric definition of ME/CFS and a reliable instrument to assess it. These deficiencies can lead to criterion variance problems resulting in studies labeling children with a wide variety of symptoms as having ME/CFS. Subsequently, comparisons between articles become more difficult, decreasing the possibility of conducting a meta-analysis. This article presents recommendations developed by the International Association of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Pediatric Case Definition Working group for a ME/CFS pediatric case definition. It is hoped that this pediatric case definition will lead to more appropriate identification of children and adolescents with ME/CFS."[13]

Notable studies[edit | edit source]

Dr. Leonard Jason is a prolific researcher of ME/CFS. Titles of his numerous studies and articles can be accessed via the following links:

Talks & Interviews[edit | edit source]

Invest in ME International ME Conference[edit | edit source]

ME/CFS Alert[edit | edit source]

Web seminars Science for Patients / Wetenschap voor patienten (The Netherlands, english spoken, dutch subtitles)[edit | edit source]

Books[edit | edit source]

Articles[edit | edit source]

Online Presence[edit | edit source]

Learn More[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://www.northbynorthwestern.com/story/arrested-development/
  2. "Learning Firsthand About Chronic Fatigue Syndrome"
  3. http://condor.depaul.edu/ljason/
  4. http://condor.depaul.edu/ljason/
  5. http://www.apa.org/about/awards/applied-research.aspx?tab=4
  6. http://csh.depaul.edu/research/faculty-research/Pages/excellence-in-research-award.aspx
  7. http://iacfsme.org/Organization/Former-IACFS-ME-Awardees.aspx
  8. http://condor.depaul.edu/ljason/
  9. http://condor.depaul.edu/ljason/
  10. http://nih.granicus.com/DocumentViewer.php?file=nih_e174f9bd-ae0f-4a45-9955-827cb608db2f.pdf
  11. http://www.virology.ws/2015/11/13/an-open-letter-to-dr-richard-horton-and-the-lancet/
  12. http://www.virology.ws/2016/02/10/open-letter-lancet-again
  13. Jason, Leonard A; Jordan, Karen; Miike, Teruhisa; Bell, David S; Lapp, Charles; Torres-Harding, Susan; Rowe, Kathy; Gurwitt, Alan; De Meirleir, Kenny; Van Hoof, Elke LS (2006), "A Pediatric Case Definition for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome", Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 13 (2-3): 1-44, doi:10.1300/J092v13n02_01 
  14. http://www.investinme.eu/IIMEC5.shtml#agenda
  15. http://www.investinme.eu/IIMEC3.shtml#agenda
  16. Leonard Jason, Patricia A. Fennell and Renée R. Taylor. (2003) The Handbook of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome John Wiley & Sons Publishers. ISBN-10: 047141512X ISBN-13: 978-0471415121
  17. http://www.prpress.com/Clinicians-Guide-To-Controversial-Illnesses-Chronic-Fatigue-Syndrome-Fibromyalgia-and-Multiple-Chemical-Sensitivities-_p_51.html
  18. Friedberg, Fred and Jason, Leonard. (1998). Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: An Empirical Guide to Assessment and Treatment. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. ISBN-13: 978-1557985118 ISBN-10: 1557985111
  19. Jason, L. A. (2017), To Serve or Not to Serve: Ethical and Policy Implications. Am J Community Psychol. doi:10.1002/ajcp.12181

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