Date of Award
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology
Mary Peterson, PhD
Kathleen Gathercoal, PhD
Given the prevalence of mental health issues in the United States, increased screening measures are necessary to identify and treat individuals affected by mental health disorders. Literature indicates comorbidity between chronic pain, making those who experience chronic pain good candidates for focused screening efforts. Physical therapists are potential screeners since they frequently treat individuals with chronic pain. A survey sent to physical therapists to assess their previous training and attitudes towards mental health issues in the physical therapy environment indicated that the mental health of a patient played a role in the success of physical therapy. Previous training also played a role in the comfort and confidence levels of physical therapists in addressing mental health issues, as well as the actions taken to incorporate mental health into treatment.
Aadland, Amy E. K., "Screening for Mental Health Issues: Past Training and Current Practice ofPhysical Therapists" (2009). Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). 497.