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John T. Chibnall, PhD

John T. Chibnall, PhD
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Health Disparities Research

1438 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104

Dr. Chibnall is a 1994 graduate of Saint Louis University, Department of Psychology, where he completed his doctorate in applied-social psychology. During his graduate training, he worked extensively with the Division of Behavioral Medicine at Saint Louis University as a research assistant (1986-1990) and research associate (1992-1995) in the Pain Management Program. He joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, in 1995. He is currently tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Dr. Chibnall’s primary area of research focuses on psychosocial and behavioral factors in chronic and life-threatening illnesses, including chronic pain, dementia, cancer, and depression. His work has examined the role of social factors like race and socioeconomic status in medical judgments and decision-making for people with chronic pain, validity of pain assessment by healthcare professionals, pain evaluation in older people with dementia, traumatic grief associated with cancer, alternative therapies for treatment-resistant major depression, and psychosocial/spiritual care of dying people.

In addition, Dr. Chibnall has done research on the role of religion in the medical encounter and illness coping, the ethics of research participation, and evaluation of clinical skills in medical students. He has over 105 research papers in the published literature and more than 60 research presentations at scientific and professional conferences.

His work has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Institute of Mental Health, Alzheimer’s Association, Retirement Research Foundation, Supportive Care of the Dying: A Coalition for Compassionate Care, Project on Death in America, and Group Health Foundation. He serves as the Director of Investigator-Initiated Research for the Division of Psychiatry. The following are recent publications by Dr. Chibnall and colleagues: Chibnall JT, Tait RC, Andresen EM, Hadler NM. Clinical and social predictors of application for Social Security Disability Insurance by Workers’ Compensation claimants with low back pain. J Occup Environ Med. 2006;48:733-740. Chibnall JT, Tait RC, Andresen EM, Hadler NM. Race differences in diagnosis and surgery for occupational low back injuries. Spine. 2006;31:1272-1275. Chibnall JT, Blaskiewicz RJ. Do clinical evaluations in a psychiatry clerkship favor students with positive personality characteristics? Acad Psychiatry. In press. Dr. Chibnall is also actively involved in the education of medical students and residents.

He is co-director of the Applied Clinical Skills course for first-year medical students and has been instrumental in curriculum development for the clinical clerkship in psychiatry for the past 10 years. He teaches numerous medical student electives in psychosocial medicine and is director of the Research Methods and Statistics course for residents in psychiatry. On a professional level, Dr. Chibnall is a long-standing member of the American Pain Society and the American Psychological Association, and is an active member of many influential committees at Saint Louis University, including the Institutional Review Board, Curriculum Management Committee, Curriculum Evaluation Committee, and Phase 3 Coordinating Committee. In addition, he is actively sought as a speaker by universities and community organizations throughout the US.

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