Psychology and Back Pain
Oftentimes people focus on their physical back pain, though emotional distress can also play a major role in contributing to a medical condition. Physical and emotional pain are often connected—one can cause or exacerbate the other. This discussion addresses the psychological aspects of pain and its impact on total health.
Alina M. Clavijo-Passik is a board certified clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience helping people adapt their patterns of behavior in order to live productively and functionally with chronic medical illnesses.
She serves as an integral part of the Center for Pain Management's multi-disciplinary team, facilitating the outcomes of patients by insuring that their mental health and emotional needs are met.
Dr. Clavijo-Passik has special interest in understanding the cultural and psychosocial factors which impact the functioning of the individual. Dr. Clavijo-Passik graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Fordham University in New York City before earning her doctorate in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.