School of Natural and Social
Department of Psychology
Office: KH A3043
IntroductionTeaching Interests Research Interests
Educational Background Schedule & Office Hours
Ibegan teaching at CSULA in 1972, the year I finished my Ph.D. I have taught courses ranging from seminars in Abnormal Psychology and Health Psychology to Child Development and Cognitive Psychology.
My area of specialty was devoted to the application of Piagetian theory, concepts and ideas to the development of classification abilities in children of different ages. My thesis adviser was Gilbert Voyat, an associate of Jean Piaget. As a result of my collaboration with Dr. Voyat, I had the memorable opportunity of meeting Piaget on several occasions and the honor of having him review my dissertation. My topic, the study of cognitive competence (development) as a prelude to the development of classification and classification performance was of interest ot Piaget's then focus on the issue of distinguishing between cognitive competence and cognitive performance.
As my early academic career was centered in Developmental Psychology, my later academic life took a dramatic turn when I was introduced to an area devoted to the then beginning interest in the application of psychological theory, concepts and practices to the diagnosis and treatment of pain related disorders. In this regard, I was instumental in establishing one of the earliest multidisciplinary pain clinics in the United States. This was the ground floor of the field of Behavioral Medicine. In conjunction with my interest in pain management, that is, the study of pain and pain management techniques, I have taught a course in Health Psychology and currently champion the idea of creating a M.A. level program in Health Psychology as a way of contributing applied level expertise to hospital and clinical settings that require trained specialists in pain management.
Over the last 15 years I have a number of publications and delivered papers at the American Pain Society as well as published papers in the Journal of Pain and Archives of Physical Medicine, which are devoted to the evaluation of lingitudinal outcomes, i.e., studying the efficacy of the multidisciplinary pain treatment approach with chronic pain patients with a variety of pain related diagnoses. I have also been in the forefront of creating international accreditation standards for facilities and programs devoted to the quality delivery of this intervention approach.
In addition, I have been active in creating student doctoral-level internship training opportunities related to the multidisciplinary pain treatment approach. This reflects my general interest in the education of medical professionals, healthcare providers, case managers etc. about the clinical and cost benefits of the multidisciplinary treatment model compared to the traditional concentrated medical-model approach to the restoration of patients with intractable pain.
More recently, I have been interested in studying the complex problem that no matter what we do in healthcare, everything seems to work, but unfortunately not for long. This is the issue of relapse prevention. How can we teach our patients who get well from what we do, how to stay well in the long run.
Representative Professional Activities
Date Publications/Presentations 1995 Relapse Prevention, A Multidisciplinary Approach
February, 1988 Multidisciplinary Pain Clinics, Centers and Programs.
In Tollison, C. D. (Ed.) Non-Surgical Approach to Chronic Back Pain., Williams and Wilkins, Publisher, Baltimore, Maryland.
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Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology
|New York, New York|
|University of Colorado|
|M.A.,Physiological Psychology, 1963|
|New School for Social Research|
|New York, New York|
|Michigan State University|
|East Lansing, Michigan|
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