Biofeedback and Pain Management

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Our program seeks to understand and treat psychological and psychophysiological contributors and consequences associated with the onset, maintenance, and resolution of chronic pains. Applying scientific methods, we study, evaluate and treat chronic pains in a wide range of disease states including low back, failed back surgery syndromes, fibromyalgia, sickle cell disease, headaches, trauma and injury related pains, neuropathic conditions, phantom limb pains, post-surgical pains, urological and gastric pains. We also treat conversion disorders and somatoform presentations that include pain and neurological symptoms. The laboratory has a long and successful history treating conditions like chronic pain, hypertension, Raynaud’s Disease, and other conditions where autonomic dysregulation is common using biofeedback, pain coping skills training and psychotherapy.

Clinical Services

  • Clinical EMG and Thermal Biofeedback
  • Short- and long-term psychotherapy
  • Crisis management
  • Consult liaison service
  • Pre-surgical/ procedure psychological screening
  • Pre-narcotic psychological screenings
  • Coping skills training/ Relaxation training
  • Anxiety and stress management
  • Natural language psychological testing and interventions (Spanish)
  • Couples therapy
  • IME and forensic evaluations
  • Diagnostic assessments and psychotherapy with multicultural and diverse populations to include natural language Spanish evaluations and treatment
  • Personality testing

Research

Research in our laboratory focuses on a range of clinical interests represented by our diverse senior and junior faculty as well as trainees. These include, but are not limited to, psychosocial and medical factors that influence the manifestation of pain in diverse populations of patients with Sickle Cell Disease, diabetes, and chronic regional pain syndromes (CRPS). Studies include the exploration of genetic, medical, and psychosocial factors associated with the conceptualization, evaluation and treatment of chronic pains in patients with Fibromyalgia and dementias as well as diverse populations that are aging healthily with and without chronic pains. Active studies also include explorations of clinical pain outcomes in diverse patients undergoing surgical weight management, and explorations of the relationship of chronic pains to perceived body image and body mass index (BMI).  Lastly, we study social conditions associated with clinical health outcomes among Hispanic, Afro-Caribbean and Black populations and psychosocial factors that predict cardiovascular risk among diverse patients with chronic pains.

Training Opportunities

We host and train MD, PhD, and RN trainees in all phases of academic development to include undergraduate, graduate, practicum, internship, and post-doctoral training experiences.

Diversity

We are proud of our diverse faculty, trainees and staff allowing our service to effectively serve a wide range of clinical populations.

Christopher L. Edwards, Ph.D.
Miriam Feliu, Psy.D.
Katherine Applegate, Ph.D.
Labarron Hill, Ph.D.
Abigail Keys, Psy.D.
Keisha-Gaye N. O’Garo, Psy.D.