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Sponsored by the PCBH Special Interest Group

"Tackling Persistent Pain in Primary Care:

Early Stages of a Pilot Study using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)


Presented by Katie Kanzler, PsyD, ABPP and Patti Robinson, PhD


Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM EST




This webinar will review the problem of persistent pain in primary care and summarize our efforts to address it in our pilot study. We will explain the study rationale, design and overall aims. Early stages of the study will also be discussed, including ways we obtained buy-in from clinicians, administrators and study staff. We will also highlight our population health-based recruitment methods, including use of EHR. Finally, we will cover key elements of the study’s Acceptance and Commitment Therapy protocol, with an intention to suggest a few practical techniques for the PCBH setting.  


1. Discuss why persistent pain is a challenge in primary care settings

2. Explain how to use population health approaches to target specific research and clinical populations

3. Understand methods of getting “buy in” to conduct research in PCBH clinics

4. Use one or more ACT techniques to help patients with persistent pain in primary care




Katie Kanzler, PsyD, ABPP





Dr. Kathryn (“Katie”) Kanzler is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. She is a Board Certified Clinical Health Psychologist and Director of Integrated Behavioral Health in the UT Health Primary Care Center. Dr. Kanzler initially worked in team-based primary care while serving in the US Air Force. She has co-authored several articles and given more than a dozen presentations on primary care behavioral health (PCBH). She has been delivering Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in primary care and other settings for over a decade and is excited about studying ACT in the PCBH setting. Dr. Kanzler also prioritizes time with her adopted black pug, overcoming sports injuries, and working on a historic home with her architect spouse. 


Patti Robinson, PhD





Dr. Patti Robinson is a pioneer in the primary care behavioral health (PCBH) model of integrated care. She is an expert in ACT, has written numerous articles and several books on ACT, chronic pain and working in primary care. She has partnered with multiple organizations to help them integrate behavioral health services into primary care, including the US Air Force Medical Operations, numerous Federally-Qualified Health Centers, and several public health departments. Dr. Robinson is currently Director of Training and Program Evaluation at Mountainview Consulting Group, Inc., through which she provides consultation services to diverse health care systems that are (1) integrating behavioral health services into primary care, (2) seeking to improve treatment of chronic pain, chronic disease and care to children, women, and/or the elderly, and/or (3) attempting to increase use of brief evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapies in primary care and other medical settings. Dr. Robinson is a newly-minted yoga instructor who values grandparenting, cooking, writing, and hanging with her two puggles.




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