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About Amy B. Wachholtz

Amy B. Wachholtz, PhD, MDiv, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of
Massachusetts Medical School, and the Health Psychologist on the Psychosomatic Medicine Consult Service at UMass Memorial Medical Center. In the research and clinical realms her interests involve the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of health and illness. Her current research interests focus on 1) bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of chronic pain disorders and 2) the complexities of treating of co-morbid pain and opioid addiction in both acute pain and chronic pain situations.


Present Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Psychiatry
Present Director of Health Psychology, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • Early Career Achievement Award in Science and Health, UMass Medical School (2014)
  • National Finalist, Mitchell Max Award for Pain Research, National Institutes of Health (2013)
  • Invited to be one of 5 delegates of the APA to establish research ties to Renmin University in Beijing, China (2012)
  • Invitee NIH – OBSSR 12th Annual Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials (2012)
  • Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Health Psychologists (ACHP) (2012)
  • Early Investigator “Research Camp” Fellow, Academy for Behavioral Medicine Research (2010)
  • Honorable Mention; Early Investigator Award for Spirituality and Health Research; Society of Behavioral Medicine (2008)
  • Awarded Recognition in “Who’s Who in America” (2008 & 2010)
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine Distinguished Student Award (2006)
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine Meritorious Student Research Award (2005)
  • Bowling Green State University Shanklin Award for the Most Outstanding Thesis of 2002-2003 (2003)
  • Award for Research Excellence, Research Symposium in Psychiatry, Psychology, & Behavioral Science, Toledo, OH (2003)

Contact Information

Department of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
Phone: (508) 334-2164


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