HEAD OF THE LAB
Beverly Thorn, Ph.D., ABPP
Director, UA Pain Management Team
Professor and Chair of Psychology
The University of Alabama
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Ph.D., Southern Illinois University (1980)
Clinical Internship: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Beverly Thorn is in her 30th year as a faculty member at UA. Prior to becoming department chair, she was Director of the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology for 15 years. She has been interested in clinical research regarding chronic pain management for her entire career, and has conducted non-human animal research on brain mechanisms associated with pain and analgesia, human experimental pain research on cognitive processes associated with the pain experience, and clinical treatment research on psychosocial treatment approaches for pain management. Bev enjoys being outside and physical activity (running, biking, hiking, swimming, yoga, and strength training), which serves three purposes: stress management, feeding the soul, and staying (just barely) ahead of the aging curve. She also enjoys traveling with her husband (retired) and her 20-year-old son (sophmore at Mississippi State).
Brian Anderson, Psy.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow
Clinical Health Psychology
Psy.D. Forest Institute
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Brian Anderson joined the UA Pain Management Team in the fall of 2015 after graduating with his doctorate in clinical psychology. He moved from Seattle, WA where he completed his doctoral internship in Health Psychology/Chronic Pain management at Pacific Rehabilitation Centers. While there he also provided individual counseling to radiation oncology patients at St. Francis, a hospital within the Catholic Health Initiatives network. Prior to returning to graduate school, he earned a masters in public administration from the University of Arkansas and has worked extensively withing nonprofit and educational institutions. One of his primary professional interests is developing comprehensive biopsychosocial health intervention programs that can be integrated into hospital networks. Currently, he is the Project Coordinator for the LAMP study funded by PCORI and manages the day to day comings and goings of the pain lab.
Meneka Johnson, Ph.D.
Clinical Health Psychology
Ph.D., Iowa State University
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Meneka Johnson recently joined the UA Pain Management Team in the fall of 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow. She received her doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies from Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa. Her dissertation assessed psychosocial resources and their effect on developmental health outcomes in African-American older adults in their 60s, 80s, and 100s. She hopes to further her career in health psychology with a focus in minority aging and health disparities. Currently, she is the Project Coordinator for the ALHEALTH Project.