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James W. Carson Ph.D.

    • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine School of Medicine

Jim Carson, Ph.D., is a clinical health psychologist who has worked extensively with individuals suffering from persistent pain (such as those with chronic back pain, fibromyalgia, cancer, and multiple sclerosis), those with post-concussion and traumatic brain injury concerns, and persons referred for consideration for bariatric surgery. Dr. Carson utilizes a variety of cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches with his patients, including mindfulness strategies, cognitive therapy, and biofeedback. Prior to becoming a psychologist Dr. Carson was a meditation teacher for many years. He has conducted innovative research on the application of meditation and yoga-based programs as adjunctive treatments for various conditions.


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2002
  • Residency:

    • Health psychology intern, University of Florida Health Science Center/Shands Hospital, Gainesville FL: 2001-2002
  • Fellowship:

    • Postdoctoral fellow, Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC: 2002-2005
  • Certifications:

    • Licensed clinical psychologist in Oregon, 2007


  • "Yoga for persistent pain" Pain March 2011
  • "A pilot randomized controlled trial of the Yoga of Awareness program in the management of fibromyalgia" Pain November 2010
  • "The role of stress and mood in sickle cell disease pain. An analysis of daily diary data" Journal of Health Psychology January 2000
  • "Changing face of pain" Psychosomatic Medicine November 2002
  • "Pain catastrophizing in borderline morbidly obese and morbidly obese individuals with osteoarthritic knee pain" Pain Research and Management September 2008
  • "Pain coping skills training and lifestyle behavioral weight management in patients with knee osteoarthritis" Pain June 2012
  • "Mindfulness-based relationship enhancement" Behavior Therapy June 2004
  • "Acceptance and change in the context of chronic pain" Pain May 2004
  • "Traditional Chinese medicine diagnoses in a sample of women with fi bromyalgia" Acupuncture in Medicine December 2011
  • "Follow-up of yoga of awareness for fibromyalgia" Clinical Journal of Pain November 2012
  • "Self-expansion as a mediator of relationship improvements in a mindfulness intervention" Journal of Marital and Family Therapy October 2007
  • "Yoga of Awareness program for menopausal symptoms in breast cancer survivors" Supportive Care in Cancer October 2009
  • "Loving-kindness meditation for chronic low back pain" Journal of Holistic Nursing  2005
  • "Daily stress and mood and their association with pain, health-care use, and school activity in adolescents with sickle cell disease" Journal of Pediatric Psychology July 2003
  • "Yoga for Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer" Journal of Pain and Symptom Management March 2007
  • "Loving-kindness meditation findings not related to baseline differences." Journal of Holistic Nursing  2006
  • "A randomized controlled trial of 8-form Tai chi improves symptoms and functional mobility in fibromyalgia patients" Clinical Rheumatology August 2012
  • "Mindfulness-Based Relationship Enhancement (MBRE) in Couples"   2006
  • "Daily coping practice predicts treatment effects in children with sickle cell disease" Journal of Pediatric Psychology  2001
  • "Forgiveness and chronic low back pain" Journal of Pain February 2005
  • "Daily Mood and Stress Predict Pain, Health Care Use, and Work Activity in African American Adults with Sickle-Cell Disease" Health Psychology May 2004
  • "Conflict About Expressing Emotions and Chronic Low Back Pain" Journal of Pain May 2007
  • "A Comparison of Conventional Pain Coping Skills Training and Pain Coping Skills Training With a Maintenance Training Component" Journal of Pain September 2006
  • "Mindful Yoga for women with metastatic breast cancer" BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine March 13 2017
  • "Mindful Yoga Pilot Study Shows Modulation of Abnormal Pain Processing in Fibromyalgia Patients" International journal of yoga therapy January 1 2016
  • "Feasibility of a mindful yoga program for women with metastatic breast cancer" Supportive Care in Cancer January 1 2019

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