University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry

Bio for Janet Kahn

Janet Kahn

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry

Contact Information
Office Location:
Rehab & Movement Sci, Rowell N/A Health


Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, Ph.D., Sociology, 1994.
Areas of Concentration: Medical Sociology, Sexuality and Gender, Research Methods
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1986. AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship.
Potomac Passage Training Institute, Washington, DC, Diploma, 1987
Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA, Ed.M., 1976.
Concentration in Administration, Planning & Social Policy.
Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH, B.A., Psychology, 1971.
Concentration in Organizational Development

Academic Appointments

2002-Present: University of Vermont. Research Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.
2000-Present: Harvard Medical School. Faculty Preceptor, Fellowship in Complementary and Alternative and General Medicine.
1997-2000: Wellesley College. Senior Research Scientist, Wellesley Center for Research on Women.
1991-1994: Tufts University. Lecturer and Internship Coordinator, Community Health Program.

Research Grants

9/01/05-8/31/09: Co-Investigator on 1RO1 AT001927 (Dan Cherkin, Ph.D.), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine; $2,100,000. "Is Relaxation Massage an Effective Treatment for Chronic Pain?" This study investigates the effectiveness of two distinct forms of therapeutic massage in reducing short and long-term pain and dysfunction due to low back pain.
8/1/04-7/30/06: Principal Investigator. MTI Foundation. "Massage Clients' Perceptions of the Effects of Massage." This qualitative investigation is designed to gather data on the effects of massage noticed by clients in the student clinics of ten massage schools across the US and Canada.
4/1/04-3/3/07: Co-Investigator on 1R21CA098487-01 (Russ Phillip, M.D.). National Cancer Institute. "Massage for Hospitalized Patients with Metastic Cancer." This developmental research grant will test two interventions- professional massage for people with metastic cancer, and massage training for the loved ones of those patients.
Pending Research Activity:

9/1/06-8/31/09: Co-Investigator.  Phase 2 of SBIR R43CA103606-01 (William Collinge, Ph.D.), National Cancer Institute. "Couples and Cancer: Building Partner Efficacy in Caring."
("Couples -- Care Options Uniting Partners Living with Empowerment and Support") to train the partners of cancer patients in selected complementary therapies for use in caregiving at home.