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Dana Dharmakaya Colgan, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine


Dr. Colgan is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in behavioral neuroscience, neuropsychology, and mind-body medicine in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health and Science University. She directs the OHSU’s Cognitive Testing and Intracranial Brain Mapping program, a multidisciplinary collaboration between the departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Anaesthesiology and Preoperative Medicine, and Pediatrics. Her research employs broadband intercranial EEG data in conjunction with cognitive testing to assess functional localization of cognitive process. A secondary line of research aims to identify modifiable preoperative predictors of post neurosurgical outcomes. Finally, a third line of research employs quantitative and qualitative approaches to investigate mechanisms of nonpharmaceutical interventions that may shape adaptive responses to pain and stress in neurological disease and develop, optimize, and evaluate treatment outcomes of interventions for neurological populations.


*denotes trainee

Colgan, D. D., Eddy, A.,* Green, K. *& Oken, B. (2021). Adaptive body awareness predicts fewer central sensitization-related symptoms and explains relationship between central sensitization-related symptoms and pain intensity: A cross-sectional study among individuals with chronic pain. Pain practice: The Official Journal of World Institute of Pain22(2), 222–232. PMID: 34651401.

Colgan, D. D., Eddy, A., Green, K.,* Aulet, M.,* Shangraw, R., Thread, M., Raslan, A., Han, S. & Oken, B. (2021). Compassion, Communication, and the Perception of Control: A Mixed Methods Study to Investigate Patients' Perspectives on Alleviating Distress during Awake Craniotomies. British Journal of Neurosurgery, 1-12.

Colgan, D. D., Eddy, A., * Green, K., * Brems, C., Sherman, K., Holger, C., Oken, B. & Christopher, M. (2021). Translation, cross-cultural adaptation, and psychometric validation of the English version of the Postural Awareness. Pain Medicine, 22, no. 11 (2021): 2686-2699. 

Klee, D., Colgan, D. D., Hanes, D., & Oken, B. (2020). The effects of an internet-based mindfulness meditation intervention on electrophysiological markers of attention. International Journal of Psychophysiology: Official Journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology, 158, 103–113. PMCID: PMC7736517.

Colgan, D.D., Memmott, T., Klee, D., Ernst, L., Han, S.J. & Oken, B. (2019). A Brief Report: A single case design to examine short-term intracranial EEG patterns during focused meditation. Neuroscience Letters, 711, 134441. PMCID: PMC6779128.

Colgan, D.D., Eddy, A., Bowen, S., & Christopher, M. (2019). Mindful Nonreactivity Moderates the Relationship between Chronic Stress and Pain Interference in Law Enforcement Officers. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 36(1), 56–62. PMCID: 8372831.

Ribeiro, L., Colgan, D.D., Hoke., C., Bowen, S., Oken, B. & Christopher, M. (2019). Differential impact of mindfulness practices on aggression among law enforcement officer. Mindfulness, 11(3):734- 745. PMCID: PMC8274577

Dimitrova, A., Colgan, D. D., & Oken, B. (2020). Local and Systemic Analgesic Effects of Nerve-Specific Acupuncture in Healthy Adults, Measured by Quantitative Sensory Testing. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.), 21(2), e232–e242. PMCID: PMC8204878.

Colgan, D.D., Christopher, M., Bowen, S., Brems, C., Hunsinger, M., Tucker, B. & Dapolonia, E.  (2019). Mindfulness-Based Wellness and Resilience Training among interdisciplinary primary care teams: A mixed-methods feasibility and acceptability trial. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 20. doi: 10.1017/S1463423619000173. PMC6609991.

Colgan, D.D., Klee, D., Memmott, T., Proulx, J. & Oken, B (2018). Perceived stress mediates the relationship between mindfulness and negative affect variability: An RCT among middle-aged to older adults. Stress and Health, 35(1):89-97. PMID: 30461202.

Colgan, D.D., Wahbeh, H., Pleet, M., Besler, K. & Christopher, M. (2017). A qualitative study of mindfulness among veterans with PTSD: Practices differentially effect symptoms, aspects of well-being, and potential mechanisms of action. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 22(3):482-493. PMC5871168.

Brems, C., Colgan, D.D., Freeman, H., Freitas, J., Justice, L., Shean, M. & Sulenes, K. (2016). Elements of yogic practice: Perceptions of health professions students. International Journal of Yoga, 9(2), 121. doi: 10.4103/0973-6131.183710. PubMed PMID: 27512319.

Schroeder, D., Stephens, E., Colgan, D.D., Hunsinger, M., Rubin, D. & Christopher, M. (2016). A brief mindfulness-based intervention for primary care physicians: A pilot randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine,12(1):83-91. PMCID: PMC8274577.

Colgan, D.D., Christopher, M., Michael, P. & Wahbeh, H. (2015). Body scan and mindful breathing among veterans with PTSD: Mindfulness intervention group influences the relationship among change in mindfulness and post-treatment depression. Mindfulness, 7(2): 372-383. PMCID: PMC7451147.

Brems, C., Justice, L., Sulenes, K., Girasa, L., Ray, J., Davis, M., Freitas, J., Shean, M. & Colgan, D.D. (2015). Improving access to yoga: Barriers and motivators for practice among health professions students. Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, 29(3), 6-13. PubMed PMID: 26026151.

Sulenes, K., Freitas, J., Justice, L., Colgan, D.D., Shean, M. & Brems, C. (2015). Referrals to yoga: Perceptions of health professions students. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 21, 5359. PubMed PMID: 25268564.

Christopher, M., Rogers, B., Hunsinger, M., Colgan, D.D., Reiss, A. L. & Farwood, H. (2014). Distinguishing mindful process from outcome in the prediction of global health and perceived stress in a mindfulness-based stress reduction program. Mindfulness, 6(4), 693-699.

Education and training

    • B.S., 1997, Department of Psychology, University of Denver
    • M.Ed., 2000, Department of Education, University of Denver
    • M.S., 2014, Clinical Psychology, Pacific University
    • Ph.D., 2017, Clinical Psychology, Pacific University
  • Fellowship

    • National Institutes of Health-T32 Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, OHSU, 2017–2021
    • Research Fellow at the Mind and Life Institution Garrison Institute, 2014
  • Certifications

    • Certificate in Clinical Research, Human Investigation Program, Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute, OHSU
    • Certified International Association of Yoga Therapist

Memberships and associations:

  • National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • International Neuropsychology Association
  • International Association for the Study of the Pain
  • American Psychological Association
  • International Yoga Therapist Association

Areas of interest

  • Neuroscience
  • neuropsychology
  • integrative Health
  • interoception
  • chronic pain

Honors and awards

  • International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health Award, 2020
  • Distinguished New Investigator, Samueli Foundation, 2018
  • Dissertation Research Award, Pacific University, 2017
  • Research Fellow at the Mind and Life Institution, Garrison Institution, 2014


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