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Robert T. Fraser, PhDRobert T. Fraser, PhD
Neurology, Neurological Surgery, & Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center
Neurology Vocational Services Unit
Box 359744
325 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104-2499
(206) 744-9130
(206) 744-9988 (Fax)     


Dr. Robert T. Fraser is a professor in the University of Washington's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, joint with the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Neurology and consultant with Associates in Rehabilitation and Neuropsychology.  Within Rehabilitation Medicine, he functions as a Pacific Northwest DBTAC faculty member.  He is an active counseling and rehabilitation psychologist, a certified rehabilitation counselor and a certified life care planner who directs Neurological Vocational Services within Rehabilitation Medicine.  Within neurological rehabilitation, he has specialized in epilepsy, brain injury, and multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Fraser is author or co-author of more than one hundred publications and co-editor on four texts to include Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation (CRC Press,1999), Multiple Sclerosis Workbook (New Harbinger, 2006), and Comprehensive Care in Epilepsy (John Libbey, 2001).  He has been awarded numerous Federal grants by the Department of Education (NIDRR and RSA) - four of which have been specific to traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, and, more recently, in epilepsy self-management by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  He was awarded two World Rehabilitation Fund fellowships to review, respectively, the post-acute traumatic brain injury programs in Israel and epilepsy rehabilitation advances in Scandinavia and Holland.  He has focused on vocational rehabilitation and employment research.  Research emphases have included evaluation of innovative psychosocial rehabilitation strategies and prediction of vocational rehabilitation outcome across different neurological disabilities.  He is the recipient of two American Rehabilitation Counseling Association Research Awards, and an Epilepsy Foundation of America Career Achievement Award.  Dr. Fraser is a past-president of Rehabilitation Psychology, Div. 22 of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow in the Division, a former Board member of the Epilepsy Foundation of America (EFA), a current board member of the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest, and was recently elected to the Board of Governors for the International Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers.

Dr. Fraser has received master's degrees in rehabilitation counseling (University of Southern California) and public administration (Seattle University).  His doctorate is in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with a dissertation focused on the use of task analysis in the national classification and utilization of state agency vocational rehabilitation personnel.

Selected publications:

Fraser RT, Dodrill CB. Vocational outcome in epilepsy surgery. (In Press).In: A Wyler, B Hermann, eds, Surgical Management of the Epilepsies. New York, NY: Butterworth Heineman.

Batzel L, Fraser R (1993). In: DC Silbergeld, G Ojemann, Outcome of resective surgery for epilepsy: Quality of life. Neurosurgery Clinics of North America 4:345-351.

Fraser R, Thorbecke R (1998). Post-operative rehabilitation. In: P Engels, T Pedley, eds, Epilepsy: A Comprehensive Textbook. New York, NY: Raven Press, 1901-1912.

Fraser R (1998). Overview of social issues. In: P Engels, T Pedley, eds, Epilepsy: A Comprehensive Textbook. New York, NY: Raven Press, 2179-81.

Thorbecke R, Fraser R (1998). The range of needs and services in vocational rehabilitation. In: P Engels, T Pedley, eds, Epilepsy: A Comprehensive Textbook. New York, NY: Raven Press, 2211-2226.

Fraser RT, Chaplin J (2001). Vocational interventions. In: M Pfaff, et al., eds, Comprehensive Care for People with Epilepsy. London, England: John Libbey, 127-136.

Fraser RT (2008). Overview Social Issues. In: JC Engel, T Pedley: Epilepsy: A Comprehensive Textbook. Philadelphia: Lippencott-Raven, 2225-2228.

Related MEW publications:

Chaytor N, Ciechanowski P, Miller JW, Fraser R, Russo J, Unutzer J, Gilliam F.(2011) Long-term outcomes from the PEARLS randomized trial for the treatment of depression in patients with epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 20(3):545-549.
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Ciechanowski P, Chaytor N, Miller J, Fraser R, Russo J, Unutzer J, Gilliam F.(2010).PEARLS Depression Treatment for Individuals with Epilepsy: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 19(3): 225-231.
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DiIorio C, Bamps Y, Edwards AL, Escoffery C, Thompson NJ, Begley CE, Shegog R, Clark NM, Selwa L, Stoll S, Fraser RT, Ciechanowski P, Johnson EK, Kobau R, Price PH.(2010). The Prevention Research Centers' Managing Epilepsy Well Network. Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 19(3): 218-224.
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Fraser R, Johnson E, Ehde D, Bishop M. (2009) Patient Self-Management in Multiple Sclerosis: Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers; 2009. Available from:

Fraser RT, Johnson EK, Miller JW, Temkin N, Barber J, Caylor L, Ciechanowski P, Chaytor N. (2011).Managing Epilepsy Well: Self-Management Needs Assessment. Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 20, Issue 2, 291-8.
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Fraser R, MIller J, Johnson E. Epilepsy. (2011) In: Flanagan S, Zaretsky H, Moroz A, editors. Medical Aspects of Disability: A Handbook for the Rehabilitation Professional: Springer Publishing Company; 2011. p. 177-94.

Johnson EK, Fraser RT, Miller JW, Temkin N, Barber J, Caylor L, Ciechanowski P. (2012). A Comparison of Epilepsy Self-Management Needs: Provider and Patient Perspectives. Epilepsy & Behavior, 25(2), 150-5. Epub 2012 Sep 29.
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Fraser RT, Ehde D, Amtmann D, Verrall A, Johnson,KL, Johnson EK, et al. (2013). Self-management for persons with multiple sclerosis: Report from the First International Consensus Conference. International Journal of MS Care., 15.

Fraser R., Strand D, Johnson EK, & Johnson C. (2012). Applying neuropsychology in vocational rehabilitation intervention: Issues in work access and work return. In S. Bush & G. Iverson (Eds.), Neuropsychological Assessment of Work-Related Injuries. New York: Guilford.

Fraser RT, Miller JW, Johnson EK (2014). "Epilepsy" in M.G. Brodwin (Ed.), Medical, Psychosocial and Vocational Aspects of Disability. Athens, GA: Elliott & Fitzpatrick.

Thompson NJ, Patel A, Begley C, Fraser R, Johnson E, Selwa L, Stoll S.(2014). Expanding the Efficacy of Project UPLIFT: Distance Delivery of Mindfulness-based Depression Prevention to People with Epilepsy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
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Sahoo S, Zhang GQ, Bamps Y, Fraser RT, Stoll SC, Lhatoo SD, Tatsuoka C, Welter E, Sajatovic M. (2015).Managing Information Well: Towards an Ontology-driven Informatics Platform for Data Sharing and Secondary Use in Epilepsy Self-Management Research Centers. Health Informatics Journal. [ePub ahead of print March 13, 2015]
doi: 10.1177/1460458215572924

Fraser R, Johnson EK, Lashley S, Barber J, Chaytor N, Miller JW, Ciechanowski P, Temkin N, Caylor L.(2015).PACES in epilepsy: Results of a self-management randomized controlled trial. Epilepsia. 2015 Jun 29. [Epub ahead of print]
doi: 10.1111/epi.13052
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Related MEW interviews and presentations:

Dr. Joseph Sirven, Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic Arizona and Editor-in-Chief of, interviews Robert Fraser, PhD, about the PACES Trial for Epilepsy- Helping Rural Communities deal with Epilepsy.

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