Pain and Rehabilitation Psychology within The Spine Program: Psychological services for patients with chronic pain 

Persistent pain may often result in chronic stress and emotional distress that can lead to a lot of suffering and many challenges to pursuing a lifestyle of quality and satisfaction.  Psychological intervention can help you cope with and manage better the pain, physical limitations and distress and teach you how to gain a greater sense of control over your physical and psychological health.  

Psychological services in Pain and Rehabilitation Psychology at The Spine Program are available to patients as an individual service or as part of The Multidisciplinary Spine Treatment Program.   

Diagnoses often Treated:

  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Headache
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Other pain syndromes
  • Chronic medical illness
  • Chronic physical disability

Common Difficulties Experienced & Treated:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety, fear, PTSD/trauma symptoms
  • Stress from work, legal, and financial difficulties
  • Stress in relationships/family
  • Difficulties sleeping & relaxing
  • Difficulty managing pain or coping with physical limitations

Treating Providers:

Michael Geisser, Ph.D., Professor, Department of PM&R, and Director of Research, The Spine Program

Randy Roth, Ph.D., Clinical Professor, Department of PM&R, Psychology Consultant, Ann Arbor Veterans Hospital

Mary Theisen-Goodvich, Ph.D., Clinical Associate, Department of PM&R and The Spine Program

Contact and Referral Information:

Rehabilitation Psychology
Attn: Trish Painter
325 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ste. 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: (734)763-6501
Fax: (734) 936-7048