Susan Torres-Harding

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Susan Torres-Harding, PhD, is the Director of the Clinical Psychology PsyD program, Roosevelt University, Department of Psychology, Chicago, Illinois, US.[1] Her research interests include racial microaggressions, social justice and social action, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.[2] While working on her Masters and PhD degrees at DePaul University, she worked with Dr. Leonard Jason.[3]

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  • 2004, Junior Investigator Award awarded by IACFSME in order to encourage young CFS/FM researchers in recognition of their work[4]

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  4. "IACFS/ME Awardees". IACFS/ME. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  5. 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
  6. Jason, LA; Taylor, RR; Kennedy, CL; Song, S; Johnson, D; Torres, S (2000), "Chronic fatigue syndrome: Occupation, medical utilization, and subtypes in a community based sample", The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 188 (9): 568-576, PMID 11009329
  7. Jason, LA; Taylor, RR; Kennedy, CL; Jordan, K; Huang, C; Torres, S; Song, S; Johnson, D (2002), "A factor analysis of chronic fatigue symptoms in a community-based sample", Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 37 (4): 183-189, PMID 12027245
  8. Jason, L. A., Holbert, C., Torres-Harding, S., & Taylor, R. R. (2004). Stigma and chronic fatigue syndrome: Surveying a name change. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 14, 222-228.
  9. Torres-Harding, Susan R.; Jason, Leonard A.; Turkoglu, O. Dicle (January 2004). "Family Medical History of Persons with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 12 (4): 25–35. doi:10.1300/j092v12n04_03. ISSN 1057-3321.
  10. Jason, Leonard A.; Torres-Harding, Susan R.; Jurgens, Amber; Helgerson, Jena (2004). "Comparing the Fukuda et al. Criteria and the Canadian Case Definition for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 12 (1): 37–52. doi:10.1300/J092v12n01_03.
  11. Njoku, Mary Gloria; Jason, Leonard; Torres-Harding, Susan (2005), "The relationships among coping styles and fatigue in an ethnically diverse sample.", Ethnicity and Health, 10 (4): 263-278, doi:10.1080/13557850500138613
  12. Jason, Leonard A.; Corradi, Karina; Torres-Harding, Susan R.; Taylor, Renee R.; King, Caroline (2005), "Chronic fatigue syndrome: The need for subtypes", Neuropsychology Review, 15 (1): 29-58, doi:10.1007/s11065-005-3588-2
  13. Torres-Harding, Susan; Jordan, Karen; Jason, Leonard; Arias, Renee (2006), "Psychosocial and Physical Impact of Chronic Fatigue in a Community-Based Sample of Children and Adolescents", Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 13 (2–3): 55-74, doi:10.1300/J092v13n02_03
  14. Lu, Tony V.; Torres-Harding, Susan; Jason, Leonard (2007), "The Effectiveness of Early Educational Intervention in Improving Future Physicians' Attitudes Regarding CFS/FM", Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 14 (2): 25-30, doi:10.1300/J092v14n02_03
  15. Jason, LA; Torres-Harding, S; Friedberg, F; Corradi, K; Njoku, MG; Donalek, J; Reynolds, N; Brown, M; Weitner, BB; Rademaker, A; Papernik, M (2007), "Non-pharmacologic interventions for CFS: a randomized trial", Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 14 (4): 275–296, doi:10.1007/s10880-007-9090-7
  16. Jason, Leonard A.; Torres-Harding, Susan; Maher, Kevin; Reynolds, Nadia; Brown, Molly; Sorenson, Matthew; Donalek, Julie; Corradi, Karina; Fletcher, Mary Ann; Lu, Tony (2007), "Baseline Cortisol Levels Predict Treatment Outcomes in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Nonpharmacologic Clinical Trial", Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 14 (4): 39-59, doi:10.3109/10573320802092039
  17. Njoku, Mary Gloria; Jason, Leonard; Torres-Harding, Susan (2007), "The Prevalence of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Nigeria", Journal of Health Psychology, 12 (3): 461-74, doi:10.1177/1359105307076233, PMID 17439996
  18. Torres-Harding, Susan; Sorenson, Matthew; Jason, Leonard; Maher, Kevin; Fletcher, Mary Ann (2008), "Evidence for T-helper 2 shift and association with illness parameters in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)", Bulletin of the IACFS/ME, 16 (3): 19–33., PMID 21234277
  19. Torres-Harding, Susan; Sorenson, Matthew; Jason, Leonard; Maher, Kevin; Fletcher, Mary Ann; Reynolds, Nadia; Brown, Molly (2008), "The associations between basal salivary cortisol and illness symptomatology in chronic fatigue syndrome", Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 2008 (13): 157-180, PMID 19701493
  20. Jason, Leonard A.; Muldowney, Kathleen; Torres-Harding, Susan (2008), "The Energy Envelope Theory and myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome", American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, 56 (5): 189-95, doi:10.3928/08910162-20080501-06
  21. Jason, L.A.; Benton, M.C.; Valentine, L.; Johnson, A.; Torres-Harding, S. (2008), "The Economic impact of ME/CFS: Individual and societal costs", Dynamic Medicine, 7 (6), doi:10.1186/1476-5918-7-6
  22. Jason, L.A.; Timpo, P.; Porter, N.; Herrington, J.; Brown, M.; Torres-Harding, S.; Friedberg, F. (2009), "Activity logs as a measure of daily activity among patients with CFS.", Journal of Mental Health, 18 (6): 549-556, doi:10.3109/09638230903191249, PMID 24222721
  23. Jason, Leonard A.; Benton, Mary; Torres-Harding, Susan; Muldowney, K. (2009), "The impact of energy modulation on physical functioning and fatigue severity among patients with ME/CFS.", Patient Education and Counseling, 77: 237-241, doi:10.1016/j.pec.2009.02.015, PMID 19356884

myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

Energy Envelope Theory A self-management tool developed and tested by Dr. Leonard Jason to reduce symptom severity and the frequency of post-exertional malaise or relapses for people with ME/CFS. According to this theory, ME/CFS patients should not expend more energy than they perceive they have, as this results in post-exertional malaise and higher disability. Instead patients are advised to stay within their energy envelope, meaning the physical limits the disease has imposed upon them. As the energy envelope theory also cautions about the dangers of under-exertion, its principles are almost identical to ‘pacing’, an activity management strategy for ME patients devised by Ellen Goudsmit in the UK.

The information provided at this site is not intended to diagnose or treat any illness.
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