Dr. Poole received a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO and a M.A. degree in Educational Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel, NC. She completed her Ph.D. degree in Motor Learning/Motor Control at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

Personal Statement

Dr. Poole's clinical interest and dedication to people who have scleroderma was fostered by rheumatologists at the University of Pittsburgh and people with scleroderma. She has designed hand and face exercise programs, developed self-management programs and collaborated with people with scleroderma in finding solutions to challenges in performing daily tasks. Her research has focused on the changes in hand function and the impact of scleroderma on people's lives.

Poole, J.L. (January 2019). Stretching exercises for the hand and face. The Scleroderma Foundation,

Poole, J.L. Khanna, D. Taking Charge of Systemic Sclerosis (TOSS): an internet program for systemic sclerosis.

Areas of Specialty

Impact of systemic sclerosis on hand function and participation in daily life

Self-management in rheumatic conditions

Functional cognition in older adults


American Occupational Therapy Certification Board
State of New Mexico Licensure Board

Achievements & Awards

2008 American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research
2011 National Volunteer of the Year, Scleroderma Foundation
2012 Master Clinician Award, Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals
2014 Distinguished Educator Award, Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals
2018 Distinguished Lecturer Award, Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals
2019 President -Elect Association of Rheumatology Professionals
2020 President Association of Rheumatology Professionals


  • English

Courses Taught

Occupation Across the Lifespan
Problem Based Learning
IPE Geriatrics course

Research and Scholarship

Poole, J.L., Newbill, S.L., Serrano, J. Rosson, D.C., Battyany, J., Dyas, L., Evnin, L., Raisch, D., Maxwell, C., Alore, M., Kellner, S., Cuencas, P., Silver, R.M., & Khanna, D. (2019). Use of Focus Groups and Patient Partners to Revise an Internet Self-Management Program for People with Systemic Sclerosis. The Patient Experience Journal, Volume 6(2), 75-82.

Khanna, D., Serrano, J., Berrocal, V., Silver, R.M., Cuencas, P., Newbill, S., Battyany, J., Maxwell, C., Alore, M., Dyas, L., Riggs, R., Connolly, K., Kellner, S., Fisher, J., Bush, E., Sachdeva, A., Evnin, L., Raisch, D.W., & Poole, J.L. (2019). A Randomized Controlled Trial to Evaluate an Internet-Based Self-Management Program in Systemic Sclerosis. Arthritis Care & Research, 3, 435-447. doi: 10.1002/acr.23595.

Willems, L.M., Vriezekolk, J.E., Schouffoer, A.A., Poole, J.L., Stamm, T.A., Bostrom, C., Kwakkenbos, L., Vliet Vlieland, T.P.M., & van den Ende, C.H.M (2015). Effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions in systemic sclerosis: A systemic review. Arthritis Care & Research, 67, 1426-1439. doi: 10.1002/acr.22595

Poole J.L., Skipper, B., Mendelson, C. (2013). Evaluation of a mail-delivered, print format, self-management program for persons with systemic sclerosis. Clinical Rheumatology, 32, 1393-1398. doi: 10.1007/s10067-013-2282-7

Brower, L.M., & Poole, J.L. (2004). Reliability and validity of the Duruöz Hand Index in
persons with systemic sclerosis. Arthritis Care and Research, 51, 805-809.