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For that past 16 years,   Dr. Jody Thomas has committed to providing the highest level of mental healthcare.

 

My Mission

To provide the highest level of care based on empirically validated methods of treatment, and a commitment to continuing education and keeping up with the latest research.  To empower patients and families to have control over their own mental and physical health.


Career Highlights

  • Licensed clinical psychologist in the states of California and Colorado

  • Founder and Executive Director of the Meg Foundation (www.megfoundationforpain.org)

  • Adjunct faculty at the Stanford University School of Medicine (current)

  • Assistant Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine (previous)

  • Consultant to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Children's Health

  • Founding Clinical Director of the Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center at Stanford Children's Health (previous)

  • Faculty at the National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute

  • Frequent speaker and teacher nationally and internationally to professional and lay groups on topics such as pain management, psychotherapy, coping with medical illness, improving health care, health care communication, and hypnosis

  • Nearly twenty years of experience working with children, families, and adults dealing with medical illness and trauma, depression, and anxiety

  • Selected for the prestigious MayDay Pain and Society Fellowship: Communicating Science and Improving Care


Areas of Expertise

  • Psychotherapy

  • Pain management

  • Coping with medical illness

  • Palliative care

  • Families systems dealing with significant medical illness

  • Medical traumatic stress treatment and prevention

  • Medical provider burnout and compassion fatigue

  • Hypnosis

  • Program development

  • Large systems change

  • Consultation to medical providers and organizations


EDUCATION

  • Graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Honors from Stanford University with a BA in Psychology and a specialization in Health and Development

  • Masters degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut

  • Internship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital

  • Post Doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at the Children's Hospital Orange County


MOST Recent Publications and Presentations

Thomas,  J.D. , and Griffin, A. (2019, May) Psychological Treatment of Chronic Pain in Pediatric Populations. In C. Arnold, (Ed) Handbook of Psychosocial Interventions for Chronic Pain.  New York, NY: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.com.

 Thomas, J.D. (2019, May) Hypnosis, pain management, and mental health interventions: using technology to expand our reach. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA.

 Thomas, J.D., (2018, October) Creating Goal Driven Suggestion in Hypnosis. Workshop at the National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute, Minneapolis, MN.

 Thomas, J.D., (2018, October) Acute and Procedural Pain:  Big Picture to Specific Tools.  Workshop at the National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute, Minneapolis, MN.

 Thomas, J.D., (2018, September) Be the Boss of Your Body:  Teaching Parents to Teach Kids To Take Control Over Pain.  Workshop for parents sponsored by the Meg Foundation, Denver, CO.


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS