Spaulding Outpatient Center Wellesley
Clinical Assistant in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
B.s., Washington & Jefferson College, 1972 Ed.D., Boston University, 1981
Tri-City Community Mental Health Center, 1977
License Psychologist, #MA 3000, 1982 Certified Group Psychotherapist, 1995
Clinical and Research Interests: Pain Management Chronic Medical Illness Behavioral Medicine
Dr. Witkower is a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of psychological disorders associated with medical illness, chronic disease and pain disorders. He is a Clinical Instructor in Psychology (Psychiatry) at Harvard Medical School and is a Clinical Associate at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Witkower holds an appointment at the Bedford VA Medical Center in Bedford, MA as a group therapy and research consultant. In treating patients with psychological distress, his methods include self-hypnosis training, cognitive-behavioral therapy, individual and group psychodynamic psychotherapy and stress-management training. Dr. Witkower has presented extensively on chronic pain management, chronic illness coping and chronic opioid therapy for persistent, non-cancer pain.
Dr. Witkower has authored articles and chapters on topics including cognitive-behavioral therapy with neurological conditions and cardiac disorders and the behavioral assessment and treatment of pain disorders.
Publications: Witkower A, & Rosado J. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Cardiac Illness. In (Frishman, Weintraub, & Micozzi (Eds.) Complementary and Integrative Therapies for Cardiovascular Disease. Elsevier Mosby, 2005 Loder E, Witkower A. A pilot study of pain prevalence and attitudes towards pain in a rehabilitation population. Pain Medicine 2002;3/4:333-338.
Loder E, Witkower A, McAlary P, Huhta M, Matarrazzo J: Rehabilitation hospital staff knowledge and attitudes regarding pain. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2003;82:65-68.
Smith, H., Audette, J., & Witkower. Assessing analgesic therapeutic outcomes. In Smith (Ed.) Drugs for Pain. Hanley & Belfus, 2002
Witkower, A. Cognitive-behavioral treatments with neurological disorders. In: Weintraub (Ed.) Alternative Medicine and Neurological Disease. Churchill Livingstone, 2001
Witkower, A. Behavioral Assessment and Treatment. In: Wittink & Michel (Eds) Physical Therapy and Chronic Pain Management: A Handbook. Butterworth Heineman, 1998
With the many different conditions I have, I feel they did everything humanly possible and I have come away from the pain program with some excellent tools.
—A Painless Patient