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    Dr. Wittmer has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Washington State University, and did his internship at The Ohio State University Medical Center. His primary specialty area of study at Washington State was in health psychology, which applies the principles of cognitive restructuring and behavior modification to patients with primary medical disorders such as obesity, diabetes, cardiac disease, cancer, chronic pain, physical disabilities, and smoking cessation.

    Dr. Wittmer is a licensed psychologist in the State of Florida. He began his training and experience with chronic pain patients in 1982. He has been at Brooks Rehabilitation for the past 22 years in the dual position of clinical psychologist and Executive Director of Brooks Behavioral Medicine (which includes the pain rehabilitation program). 

    PhD Clinical Psychology
    Washington State University

    M.S. Clinical Psychology
    Washington State University

    GA Experimental Psychology
    University of Georgia

    BS Psychology
    Morningside College 

    Publications:

    George SZ, Wittmer VT, Fillingim RB, Robinson ME.  Sex and pain-related psychological variables are associated with thermal pain sensitivity for patients with chronic low back pain. J Pain, in press.  

    George SZ, Wittmer VT, Fillingim RB, Robinson ME.  Fear-avoidance beliefs and temporal summation of evoked thermal pain influence self-report of disability in patients with chronic low back pain. J Occup Rehabil, in press.

    George SZ, Bialosky JB, Wittmer VT, Robinson ME.  Sex differences in pain drawing area for individuals with chronic musculoskeletal pain.  J Orthop Sports Phys Ther, in review. 

    Riley JL, Robinson ME, Geisser ME, and Wittmer VT.  Multivariate cluster analysis of the MMPI-2 in chronic low-back pain patients. Clinical Jounal of Pain 1993;9;248-252.

    Riley JL, Robinson ME, Geisser ME, Wittmer VT and Graham Smith A. The relationship between MMPI-2 cluster profiles and      surgical outcome in low-back pain patients.  Journal of Spinal Disorders  1995; 8;    213-219. 

    Robinson ME, Brown JL, George SZ, Ewards PS, Atchison JW, Hirsh AT, Waxenberg LB, Wittmer VT, Fillingim, RB (2005) Multidimensional success criteria and exectations for treatment of chronic pain: The patient perspective.  Pain Medicine, 6(5), 336-345.

    Wittmer, VT.  Commentary for article, A psychophysiological analysis of spouse solicitousness toward pain behaviors, spouse interaction, and pain perception by Flor H. et al. in      Behavior Therapy 1995, 26, 255-72.   The Pain Medicine Journal Club Journal 1996; 2; 88-89. 

    Wittmer, VT.  Commentary for article, Relations of employment    status to emotional distress among chronic pain patients: A       path analysis by Jackson, T. et al. Clinical Journal of Pain      1998, 14, 55-60.  The Pain Medicine Journal Club Journal          1998; 4; 163-165.