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Dana Dharmakaya Colgan, Ph.D.

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  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine


  • Psychology
  • Integrative Medicine

Special focus

  • Chronic Pain
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuroscience

About me

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.

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
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