Clinical Psychology

Fatigue Management Institute (FMI)

The Fatigue Management Institute (FMI) originated as an outgrowth of fatigue-related research and clinical programs developed in the School of Psychology at the Florida Institute of Technology. Because the basis of chronic illness-related fatigue in unknown, an important research focus is the development of techniques that help individuals better manage fatigue and reduce the impact of fatigue on their daily lives. Drawing upon the emerging research in this area, the Institute serves as a central point for integrating research findings with empirically supported techniques for the daily management of fatigue.

Community Programs

The FMI conducts community-based workshops designed to teach participants how to better manage fatigue and reduce the impact of fatigue on their overall quality of life. Each session focuses on different aspects of managing chronic fatigue, and topic areas include:

  • Goal Setting and Maintaining a Balanced Lifestyle
  • Healthy Behavior Change
  • Changing Unhealthy Thinking Patterns
  • Effective Communication and Establishing Boundaries

The Institute has tailored programs for individuals with specific disorders in which fatigue is a prominent symptom. These include:

Rheumatic Disorders Fatigue Management: Including individuals diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and osteoarthritis

Cancer-Related Fatigue Management: Including patients who are currently undergoing treatment and survivors of cancer who continue to experience fatigue.

Gastrointestinal Disorders Fatigue Management: Including patients who are diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel disorder, and ulcerative colitis.

Research and Clinical Training

The FMI is engaged in ongoing program outcome research. Our research involves continuous data collection from workshop participants prior to participation and at six-month follow-up intervals, allowing examination of the utility of our specific self-management workshops. The outcome data provide empirical support for our programs, substantiating their effectiveness with participants, and assures our workshops are successful in increasing participants’ fatigue management skills. The FMI hosts research and clinical training opportunities for doctoral students in the Florida Tech Clinical Psychology program.

FMI Contact Information

Thom Harrell, Ph.D.
Fatigue Management Institute



School of Psychology
150 W. University Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901