Linda S. Ruehlman, PhD
Director of Research, Goalistics
Psychologist. Researcher. Educator. Author.
The founder of Goalistics, Dr. Ruehlman is a social and health psychologist. Her research efforts over the past 30 years include basic questions about how people pursue (and sometimes reach) their goals, how one's social network supports as well as hinders goal activity, and alternative methods, such as computer-assisted assessment and training, to assist in the goal attainment process. Dr. Ruehlman has studied people's pursuit of pain management goals, fitness goals, health goals, social goals, and work goals.
She and Dr. Karoly have been awarded 13 research grants from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Funds from these grants were used to study and develop a number of different assessment tools and training programs, including the Multidimensional Health Profile, the Profile of Chronic Pain, and the Pain Self-Management Program. Dr. Ruehlman has also developed the Social Support and Hindrance Inventory, the Test of Negative Social Exchange, the Goal Systems Assessment Battery. The latter two instruments were developed with Dr. Karoly.
Over the years, Dr. Ruehlman has published numerous articles in scientific journals on topics ranging from chronic pain, self-control, depression, social support, assessment and much more.
Dr. Ruehlman began her training at the University of Cincinnati where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Arts degree in experimental psychology. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in social psychology from Arizona State University. She was an instructor at Arizona State University over the course of 22 years.
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