Kimberley Monden

Associate Professor


Kimberley Monden, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Monden is a Licensed Psychologist with clinical experience in health and rehabilitation psychology. Her research focuses on psychosocial adaptation to injury. Dr. Monden studies resilience and appraisals of injustice, with a specific interest in improving quality of life and long- term psychosocial outcomes after spinal cord injury. Dr. Monden has research funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, the Department of Defense, and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. Dr. Monden earned her Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas in 2009. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS, and Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology and Integrated Primary Care at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and Access Community Health Centers in Madison, Wisconsin.

Awards & Recognition

  • Rosenthal Early Career Research Award, APA Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), 2019
  • Harold Yuker Award for Research Excellence, APA Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), 2018
  • American Psychological Association, Psi Chi National Convention Research Award, 2003

Professional Associations

  • Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP)
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA)
  • APA, Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology)
  • APA, Division 38 (Health Psychology)
  • International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS)
  • National Register of Health Service Providers 

Research Summary

Dr. Monden's research focuses on psychosocial adaptation to injury. She studies resilience and appraisals of injustice, with a specific interest in improving quality of life and long-term psychosocial outcomes after spinal cord injury.

Research Funding Grants

  1. Minnesota Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System, Principal Investigator: Leslie Morse. Kimberley Monden and Ann Van de Winckel, co-investigators. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services ACL. Timing: September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2026
  2. The Impact of Injustice Appraisals on Pyschosocial Outcomes Following Spinal Cord Injury: A Longitudinal Study. Role: PI. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense. Timing: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2024
  3. Assistive Technology & Functional Outcomes Following Spinal Cord Injury. Role: PI. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense. Timing: June 10, 2021 - September 29, 2022
  4. Reinventing Yourself after SCI: A Multi-site Randomized Controlled Trial of an Intervention to Improve Outcomes After Spinal Cord Injury. Role: PI.
    Sponsor: Craig Hospital, Englewood, CO. Timing: March 1, 2020 - September 20, 2022
  5. Adaptation and Dissemination of the Spinal Cord Injury Physical Activity Guidelines. Role: PI. Sponsor: Paralyzed Veterans of America. Timing: June 1, 2021 - May 31, 2022
  6. RACR: Promoting Resilience, Adjustment, and Community Reintegration After SCI. Role: PI. Sponsor: Craig Hospital, Englewood, CO. Timing: May 31, 2020 - May 30, 2022
  7. Validation of the Use of the Injustice Experience Questionnaire in the Spinal Cord Injury Population. Role: PI. Sponsor: Craig Hospital, Englewood, CO. Timing: March 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021


I. Peer-Reviewed Publications (* indicates student author)

  1. Starosta, A., Sayko Adams, R., Marwitz, J., Monden, K. R., Dams-O'Connor, K., & Hoffman, J. (2021). Scoping review of opioid use after traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 36(5), 310-327. PMID: 34489382 PMCID: PMC8428300 doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000721
  2. Novack, T., Zhang, Y., Kennedy, R., Watanabe, T. K., Monden, K. R., Dreer, L. E., Bombardier, C., Brunner, R., Goldin, Y., Marwitz, J., & Niemeier, J. (2021). Return to driving following moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury: A Traumatic Brain Injury Model System study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 102(8), 1568-1575. PMID: 33705772 doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2021.02.006 
  3. Mahoney, E. J., Silva, M. A., Reljic, T., Dams-O'Connor, K., Hammond, F. M., Monden, K. R., Chung, J. S., Dillahunt-Aspillaga, C., & Nakase-Richardson, R. (2021). Rehabilitation needs at five-years post-TBI: a VA TBI Model Systems study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 36(3), 175-185. PMID: 33201036 doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000629
  4. Monden, K. R., Philippus, A., MacIntyre, B., Welch, A., Sevigny, M., Draganich, C., Agtarap, S., & Morse, L. R. (2021). The impact of stigma on psychosocial outcomes following spinal cord injury: a cross-sectional analysis for stigma-mediated relationships. Rehabilitation Psychology, 66(2), 202-212. PMID: 33382334 doi: DOI: 10.1037/rep0000371
  5. Silva, M. A., VandenBussche Jantz, A. B., Klocksieben, F., Monden, K. R., Rabinowitz, A. R., Cotner, B. A., Dillahunt-Aspillaga, C., & Nakase-Richardson, R. (2021). Unmet rehabilitation needs indirectly influence life satisfaction 5 years after traumatic brain injury: A Veterans Affairs TBI Model Systems study. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 102(1), 58-67. PMID: 32949552 doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2020.08.012
  6. Draganich, C., Berliner, J., Sevigny, M., W, N., Philippus, A., Payne, L., Gerber, D., & Monden, K. R. (in press, accepted August 2021). The impact of a structured rehabilitation program for uninsured individuals. Rehabilitation Psychology.
  7. Monden, K. R., Andrews, E., Pilarski, C., Hearn, J., & Morse, L. R. (in press, accepted June 2021). COVID-19 and the spinal cord injury community: concerns about medication rationing and social isolation. Rehabilitation Psychology.
  8. Nakase-Richardson, R., Schwartz, D., Ketchum, J., Drasher-Phillips, L., Dahdah, M., Monden, K.R., Bell, K., Hoffman, J., Whyte, J., Bogner, J., Calero, K., Magalang, U. Comparison of diagnostic sleep studies in hospitalized neurorehabilitation patients with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2020.03.083. Chest. Epub 2020 May 6. PMID: 32387522
  9. Zeitzer, J.M., Hon, F., Whyte, J., Monden, K.R., Bogner, J., Dahdah, M., Wittine, L., Bell, K.R., Nakase-Richardson, R. Coherence between sleep detection by actigraphy and polysomnography in a multi-center, in-patient cohort of individuals with traumatic brain injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. doi:10.1002/pmrj.12353. Epub 2020 Mar 3. PMID: 32125095 
  10. Makley, M., Gerber, D., Newman, J., *Philippus, A., Monden, K.R., Biggs, J., Spier, E., Tarwater, P., Weintraub, A. Optimized Sleep after Brain Injury (OSABI): a pilot study of a sleep hygiene intervention for individuals with moderate to severe brain injury. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2020 Feb;34(2):111-121. doi: 10.1177/1545968319895478. Epub 2019 Dec 30. PMID: 31884895
  11. Monden, K.R., *Philippus, A., Draganich, C., MacIntyre, B., Charlifue, S. A qualitative exploration of perceived injustice among individuals living with spinal cord injury. Rehabil Psychol. 2020 Feb;65(1):54-62. doi:10.1037/rep0000301. Epub 2019 Dec 12. PMID: 31829642
  12. Nakase-Richardson, R., Schwartz, D.J., Drasher-Phillips, L., Ketchum, J.M., Calero, K., Dahdah, M.N., Monden, K.R., Bell, K., Magalang, U., Hoffman, J., Whyte, J., Bogner, J., Zeitzer, J. Comparative effectiveness of sleep apnea screening instruments during inpatient rehabilitation following moderate to severe TBI. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2020 Feb;101(2):283-296. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2019.09.019. Epub 2019 Nov 6. PMID: 31705855
  13. Monden, K.R., Sevigny, M., Ketchum, J.K., Charlifue, S., Severe, E., Tefertiller, C., Berliner, J., Coker, J., Taylor, H.B., Kolakowsky-Hayner, S.A., Morse, L.R. Associations between insurance provider and assistive technology use for computer and electronic devices one year after tetraplegia: findings from the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems National Database. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 Dec;100(12):2260-2266. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2019.06.013. Epub 2019 Jul 24. PMID: 31351077
  14. Monden, K.R., *Philippus, A., Boals, A., *Draganich, C., Morse, L.R., Ketchum, J.M., Trost, Z. Unique predictors of perceived injustice and depression after spinal cord injury: evidence for distinct psychological constructs. Spinal Cord. 2019 Dec;57(12):1031-1039. doi: 10.1038/s41393-019-0318-9. Epub 2019 Jun 24. PMID: 31235873
  15. *Draganich, C., Gerber, D., Monden, K.R., Newman, J., Weintraub, A., Biggs Arnold, J., *Philippus, A., Makley, M. Disrupted sleep and agitation following traumatic brain injury. Brain Inj. 2019 Jun 24. doi: 10.1080/02633052.2019.1631484. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 31215813
  16. Makley, M.J., Monden, K.R., *Philippus, A., Tarwater, P., Newman, J., Biggs, J., Spier, E., Weintraub, A. Objective measures of sleep and wakefulness in patients with moderate to severe brain injury on an inpatient rehabilitation unit. Pearls and pitfalls of actigraph monitoring. Neurorehabilitation. 2018;43(3):277-285. doi:10.3233/NRE-182537. PMID: 30373965
  17. *Bayer, J., Moulton, C., Monden, K.R., Goldstein, R.M., McKenna, G.J., Testa, G., Ruiz, R.M., Anthony, T.L., Onaca, N., Klintmalm, G.B., Kim, P.T.W. (2018). The role of multiorgan procurement for abdominal transplant in general surgery resident education. Am J Surg. 2018 Aug;216(2):331-336. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2017.08.015. Epub 2017 Aug 25. PMID: 28859922
  18. *Linsk, A.M., Monden, K.R., Sankaranarayanan, G., Ahn, W., Jones, D.B., De, S., Schwaitzberg, S.D., Cao, C.G.L. Validation of the VBLaST pattern cutting task: A learning curve study. Surg Endosc. 2018 Apr;32(4):1990-2002. doi: 10.1007/s00464-017-5895-0. Epub 2017 Oct 19. PMID: 29052071; PMCID: PMC5845471
  19. Boals, A., Trost, Z., Bernsten, D., *Nowlin, L., *Wheelis, T., Monden, K.R. Event centrality as a unique predictor of posttraumatic stress symptoms and perceived disability among individuals following spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord. 2017 Nov;55(11):1023-1027. doi: 10.1038/sc.2017.57. Epub 2017 May 30. PMID: 28555662
  20. Trost, Z., Scott, W., Buelow, M., *Nowlin, L., Turan, B., Boals, A., Monden, K.R. The association between injustice perception and psychological outcomes in an inpatient spinal cord injury sample: the mediating effects of anger. Spinal Cord. 2017 Oct;55(10):898-905. doi. 10.1038/sc.2017.39. Epub 2017 May 30. PMID: 28555664
  21. Hamilton, R., Driver, S.J., Noorani, S., Callender, L., Bennet, M., Monden, K.R. Utilization and access to healthcare services among community dwelling people living with spinal cord injury. J Spinal Cord Med. 2017 May;40(3):321-29. doi: 10.1080/10790268.2016.1184828. Epub 2016 May 25. PMID: 27221396; PMCID: PMC5472020
  22. Salisbury, D.B., Parsons, T.D., Monden, K.R., Trost, Z., Driver, S.J. Brain-computer interface for individuals after spinal cord injury. Rehabil Pscyhol. 2016 Nov;61(4):435-41. doi: 10.1037/reo0000099. Epub 2016 Sep 29. PMID: 27684465
  23. Driver, S.J., Warren, A.M., *Agtarap, S., *Reynolds, M., Hamilton, R., Trost, Z., Monden, K.R. Identifying predictors of resilience at inpatient and 3-months post spinal cord injury. J Spinal Cord Med. 2016;39(1):77-84. doi:10.1179/2045772314Y.0000000270. Epub 2014 Oct 9. PMID: 25297474; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC4725795
  24. Trost, Z., Monden, K.R., Buelow, M., Boals, A., Scott, W. Perceived injustice predicts intention to litigate: findings from a spinal cord injury sample. Psychological Injury & Law. 2016 March;9(1):31-40. doi: 10.1007/s12207-015-9245-z
  25. Monden, K.R., Trost, Z., Scott, W., Bogart, K.R., Driver, S.J. The unfairness of it all: exploring the role of injustice appraisals in rehabilitation outcomes. Rehabil Psychol. 2016 Feb;61(1):44-53. doi: 10.1037/rep0000075. Review. PMID: 26881306
  26. Monden, K.R., Gentry, L., Cox, T.R. (2016). Delivering bad news to patients. Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2016 Jan;29(1):101-2. doi: 10.1080/08998280.2016.11929380. PMID: 25297474; PMCID: PMC4677873
  27. Fromm, N., Salisbury, D.B., Driver, S.J., Dahdah, M., Monden, K.R. Functional recovery from neuroinvasive west nile virus: a tale of two courses. Rehabil Psychol. 2015 Nov;60(4):383-90. doi: 10.1037/rep0000058. Epub 2015 Oct 5. PMID: 26436993
  28. Monden, K.R., Trost, Z., Catalano, D., *Garner, A., *Symcox, J., Driver, S., Hamilton, R.G., Warren, A.M. Resilience following spinal cord injury: a phenomenological view. Spinal Cord. 2014 Mar;52(3):197-201. doi: 10.1038/sc.2013.159. Epub 2014 Jan 14. PMID: 24418959
  29. Serrano, N., Molander, R., Monden, K.R., Grosshans, A., Krahn, D. Exemplars in the use of technology for management of depression in primary care. WMJ. 2012 Jun;111(3):112-8. PMID: 22870556
  30. Serrano, N., Monden, K.R. The effect of behavioral health consultation on the care of depression by primary care clinicians. WMJ. 2011 Jun;110(3):113-8. PMID: 21748995
  31. Mollenkopf, D., Elliott, M., Monden, K.R. Effects of a professional development model on preschool teachers' literacy practices in Early Reading First classrooms. Journal of Research Methodology. 2008;32:273-294.

II. Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Trost, Z., Sturgeon, J.A., Azuero, C., Monden, K.R. Injustice and disability. In D.S. Dunn (Ed.), Disability: Social Psychological Perspectives. 2019. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  2. Monden, K.R., Gerber, D., Newman, J., Philippus, A., Biggs J., Schneider, H., Spier, E., Weintraub, A., Makley, M. Sleep hygiene: A novel, nonpharmacological approach to treating sleep-wake cycle disturbance after Page 10 of 19 moderate to severe brain injury on an inpatient rehabilitation unit. Brain Injury Professional. 2017;14(4):20-21.
  3. Monden, K.R. How to deliver bad news with empathy [Web log post]. 2016 Mar 28. Available from
  4. Key-Roberts, M.J., Monden, K.R. Teaching positive psychology from a graduate students’ perspective. 2007 Fall. Naming and Nurturing.

III. Chapters in Books

  1. Monden, K.R. Saving. In S.J. Lopez (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology, Volume 2. 2009. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Teaching Summary


Graduate Course: The Human Experience: A Dialogue between Philosophy and Positive Psychology

Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Positive Psychology

Graduate Course: Understanding Research in Education

Graduate Course: Lab: Introduction to Statistical Analysis (SPSS)

Graduate Course: Counseling Skills for Teachers