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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Photo: Cathy Donnell, Ph.D.

Cathy Donnell, Ph.D.

Contact Information


Primary Programs/Services:
VA Medical Center


  • Post-doctoral Fellowship: University of Michigan, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, George Washington University
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology, Eastern Michigan University
  • B.A., University of Michigan

Clinical Interest:

  • Application and efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with different clinical populations
  • Application of evidence based psychotherapies to primary care population
  • Problem Solving Therapy/Training
  • Health psychology

Research Interest:

  • Primary Care Mental Health interventions and use of evidence based psychotherapies
  • Application and efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with different clinical populations
  • Health Psychology and Women's Mental and Physical Health (specifically related to Ob/Gyn)
  • Examination of psychological contructs in the prediction of pain and function among chronic pain populations (pelvic pain, fibromyalgia, back pain)

Academic Appointment:

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Dept. of Psychiatry
  • Attending clinical psychologist, Primary Care Mental Health, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Geisser ME, Donnell CS, Petzke F, Gracely RH, Clauw DJ, Williams, DA. “Co-morbid somatic symptoms and functional status in patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome: Sensory amplication as a common mechanism. Psychosom 2008; 49:235-42.
  • Lequerica AH, Donnell CS, and Tate DG. Patient Engagement in Rehabilitation Therapy: Physical and Occupational Therapist Impressions. Disability and Rehabilitation, (2008).
  • Donnell CS, Geisser ME, Ignaczak A, Wiggert E, Tong H. “Physical Therapy treatment for chronic loser back pain (CLBP): optimal number of treatment sessions. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 87: E18, 2006. Abstract.
  • Donnell CS. “Is there a common underlying disturbance among chronic pain syndromes?” Midwest Pain Society Newsletter, December, 2006.