Behavioral Health Science Support

Dr. Robert Gatchel

Academic Titles: Distinguished Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychology, College of Science, The University of Texas at Arlington. Recipient of the Nancy P. and John G. Penson Endowed Professorship in Clinical Health Psychology, Clinical Professor and Director of Clinical Research, The Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Management, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Clinical Professor, Departments of Psychiatry/Division of Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Areas of Expertise:

  • Comorbidity of physical and mental health conditions
  • Etiology, assessment, and treatment of chronic pain behavior
  • Evaluation of stress management treatment techniques
  • Psychophysiological concomitants of stress and emotion

Biography:  Dr. Gatchel received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is currently the Nancy P. & John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology, as well as the Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology, College of Science, at The University of Texas at Arlington. He is also a Clinical Professor at the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Management, at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Gatchel is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

Dr. Gatchel has conducted extensive evidence-based clinical research in this area, much of it continuously funded for the past 30 years by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He was also the recipient of consecutive Research Scientist Development Awards from NIH, and a prestigious Senior Scientist Award from NIH. He has published over 340 journal articles, 118 book chapters and has authored or edited 24 books. Dr. Gatchel is also featured in the Assessment of Pain, which is part of the APA Psychotherapy Videotape Series III, “Behavioral Health and Health Counseling