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Raymond Tait, Ph.D.

Raymond Tait, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Pain, Healthcare Disparities Research

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

Raymond Tait, PhD, graduated from Amherst College in 1971 and obtained his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle in 1981. He completed post-doctoral training in pain and behavioral medicine at the University of Virginia in 1982. He joined the faculty of Saint Louis University in 1982. In addition to his appointment as Professor in the Department of Neurology & Psychiatry, he has an adjunct appointment in the Center for Health Care Ethics.

Dr. Tait established a multidisciplinary treatment program for chronic pain disorders in 1982 that involved inpatient and outpatient components, as well as a research element.In 1998 he shifted his primary focus to research and has served as director of research in the Department of Psychiatry.

In 2000 he was appointed to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and was named chair of the biomedical IRB in 2003.He now serves as administrative chair for both the biomedical and the behavioral and social science IRBs. Aside from the IRB, he has served on a variety of other University committees, including the Research Planning Committee for the School of Medicine since 2000.

Dr. Tait is actively involved outside the University, as well. He has been a long-time member of the International Association for the Study of Pain and of the American Pain Society (APS).

He is a charter member of several APS special interest groups, including one focusing on psychosocial issues and another focusing on disparities in pain treatment, and has served as chair for each.

He has been a governor’s appointee to the Missouri Advisory Council on Pain and Symptom Management since 2003 and also has served on the board of directors of the Missouri Pain Initiative over a similar time span.

Most of his research involves intractable pain. He has studied factors that influence physician judgments of persons in pain for many years. In recent years he has studied disparities in pain treatment, with a special focus on occupational injuries. He also has an interest in pain assessment and treatment among older adults, especially those with neurocognitive deficits that hinder effective self-report. He has received grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Group Health Foundation, and the Retirement Research Foundation in support of his work. Most recently, he has developed an interest in research ethics related to vulnerable populations and has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health to support his work in that area.

Recent publications:

Tait RC, Chibnall JT, Andresen EM, Hadler NM. Management of occupational back injuries: differences among African Americans and Caucasians. Pain 2004;112:389-396.

Tait RC, Chibnall JT, Luebbert A, Sutter C. Effect of treatment success and empathy on surgeon attributions for back surgery outcomes. J Behav Med 2005;28:301-12. Chibnall JT, Tait RC, Harman B, Luebbert RA. Effect of acetaminophen on behavior, well-being, and psychotropic medication use in nursing home residents with moderate-to-severe dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc 2005;53:1921-1929.Tait RC, Chibnall JT, Andresen EA, Hadler NM. Disability determination: validity with occupational low back pain. J Pain 2006; : 951-957.

Hadler NM, Tait RC, Chibnall JT. Back pain in the workplace. JAMA 2007;297:1594-1596.