Caroline W. Stegink Jansen, P.T., Ph.D. (2011)
Associate Professor (School of Health Professions)
Dr. Caroline W. Stegink-Jansen received her Physical Therapy education in her native country, the Netherlands, and obtained her Advanced Master’s degree and her PhD degree from the Texas Woman’s University. She continues to maintain her clinical specialization as a Certified Hand Therapist.
Dr. Jansen’s educational philosophy -- what it means to be an educator -- has been shaped by the many role models encountered throughout her life span, by formal education, interaction with other educators, by students and patients. All these influences have boiled down to an educational theme “creating opportunity for growth in others.”
Dr. Jansen is a strong believer in inter-professional learning and education and as such had her students participate in Synergy activities such as the Home Visit Program. In collaboration with Dr. Karen Szauter, MD, two examinations using the Standardized Patient program were developed and conducted. And the experiences were shared in presentations in national meetings.
Dr. Jansen has provided invited presentations for the international and national audiences, such as American Society of Hand Therapist (ASHT), the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), Hong Kong Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Physical Therapy Association. Her research is focused on rehabilitation of patient with injuries to the hand, and of patients after breast cancer surgery. She has been guest editor of two special issues of the Journal of Hand Therapy, “Psychosocial Aspects at Hand” and “Splinting”.
In 2002, Dr. Jansen received the Faculty Excellence Award from the School of Health Professions, and in 2011, she received the Paul Brand Award of Professional Excellence from the American Society of Hand Therapists. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and a general member of the UTMB Cancer Center.