Judith Schlaeger, PhD, CNM, LAc

  • Assistant Professor
Bio

Dr. Schlaeger is a practicing certified nurse midwife, licensed acupuncturist, and Chinese herbalist. She received her PhD in acupuncture from Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. She completed a post-doc at University of Illinois at Chicago under the mentorship of Dr. Diana Wilkie who is an internationally renowned pain researcher. Dr. Schlaeger is a pain researcher interested in developing new assessments and treatments for chronic pain by integrating conventional medicine, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her research focuses on 1) developing treatments for vulvodynia, a debilitating pain syndrome which affects up to 14 million American women. It is characterized by vulvar pain and dyspareunia (pain with vaginal penetration) and has no consistently effective treatment, and 2) stable angina which effects up to 3 million American women. Women with angina continue to experience symptoms 6 months after discharge despite receiving guidelines-directed medical therapy. Dr. Schlaeger also studies placebo and placebo effect. She was trained in Tokyo by the inventor of the double-blind acupuncture needle. She just completed performing the first multi-needle, multi-session randomized double-blind feasibility study using double-blinded needles. She is also a member of the UIC Sickle Cell team where she studies pain modeling and characterization in chronic disease. She teaches workshops on the use of acupressure in labor to certified nurse midwives and labor and delivery nurses.

Current Area of Teaching

Dr. Schlaeger teaches Healthcare of Women 3 which focuses on gynecological and primary care of women; and she teaches Advanced Pathophysiology. She guest lectures on the Philosophy and Principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine for the College of Nursing's Global Health Seminar and the Philosophy of Science course.

Service / Practice

2016- 2018 Chair, Pain and Symptoms Management RIG, Midwest Nursing Research Society

Selected Honors & Awards
  • 2016 Schlaeger, J. M. (PI, contact), Wilkie, D. J. (Co-I), Hughes, T. L. (Co-I), Steffen, A. D. (Co-I). UIC Campus Research Board, Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research, Characteristics of Vulvodynia Pain: A Nationwide On-line Survey Pilot Study.
  • 2016 DeVon, H. A. (co-PI contact), Schlaeger, J. M. (co-PI), UIC College of Nursing Dean’s Award. Feasibility Testing of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Acupuncture to Improve Symptoms for Women with Stable Angina (AIMS-A).
  • 2015 Schlaeger, J. M. (PI, contact), Wilkie, D. J. (CO-I), Steffen, A. D. (CO-I), UIC College of Nursing Dean’s Award. Acupuncture for Vulvodynia: A Double-blinded Feasibility Pre-Pilot Study.                
  • 2015 Schlaeger, J. M. (PI-contact) UIC, BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research through Careers in Women’s Health) Associate, University of Illinois at Chicago, Center on Women and Gender. 2 years support awarded by the UIC CON Dean’s Fund.
  • 2015 American College of Nurse Midwives Award for Best Oral Research Presentation, Acupuncture for the Treatment of Vulvodynia. Division on Research. Presentation at the ACNM 59th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
Selected Publications

Schlaeger, J. M., Gabzdyl, E. M., Bussell, J. L., Takakura, N., Yajima, H., Takayama, M. and Wilkie, D. J. (2016, December 20), Acupuncture and Acupressure in Labor. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health. doi:10.1111/jmwh.12545

Schlaeger, J. M., Xu, N., Mejta, C. L., Park, C., Wilkie, D. J. Acupuncture for the Treatment of Vulvodynia: A Randomized Wait-list Controlled Pilot Study. Journal of Sexual Medicine. 2015; 12(4): 1019-1027.  doi: 10.1111/jsm.12830

Ezenwa, M. O., Molokie, R. E., Wang, Z. J., Yao, Y., Suarez, M. L., Pullum, C., Schlaeger, J. M., Fillingim, R. B., Wilkie, D. J. Safety and Utility of Quantitative Sensory Testing among Adults with Sickle Cell Disease: Indicators of Neuropathic Pain? Pain Practice. 2015 Jan 12. doi: 10.1111/papr.12279

Gabzdyl, E. M., Schlaeger, J. M. Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy: a Critical Clinical Review. The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing. 2015 Jan-Mar;29(1):41-50. doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000077.

Current Research

2016 Characteristics of Vulvodynia Pain: A Nationwide On-line Survey Pilot Study.

2016 Feasibility Testing of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Acupuncture to Improve Symptoms for Women with Stable Angina (AIMS-A).

Acupuncture for Vulvodynia: A Double-blinded Feasibility Pre-Pilot Study.