Philosophy of Care
I believe in a person-centered, interdisciplinary approach to care. This means that treatment should focus on the person rather than the diagnosis, and that achieving optimal outcomes will often require efforts in multiple areas at once.
As a pain psychologist, Dr. Prasad's primary clinical focus is on the evaluation and treatment of individuals living with pain conditions. Outside the realm of pain, he has a strong interest in clinician wellness.
Dr. Prasad is committed to helping patients and clinicians better understand the role of psychological and behavioral interventions in pain care and thus engages in pain education at multiple levels across different domains. His clinical interests focus on treatment outcomes.
Ph.D., Psychology, Texas Tech, 2003
M.A., Psychology, Texas Tech University, TX, 1999
B.S., Psychology, Texas A&M, 1996
Psychology, V.A. Salt Lake City Health Care System, 2001-2002
Pain Management, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco, 2002-2004
Select Recent Publications
Wandner, L D, Prasad, R, Ramezani, A, Malcore, S A, & Kerns, R D (2018, August 2). Core Competencies for the Emerging Specialty of Pain Psychology. American Psychologist. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/amp0000330.
Fishman, SM, Young, HM, Arwood, EL, Chou, R, Herr, K, Murinson, BB, Watt-Watson, J, Carr, DB, Gordon, DB, Stevens, BJ, Bakerjian, D, Ballantyne, JC, Courtenay, M, Djukic, M, Koebner, IJ, Mongoven, JM, Paice, JA, Prasad, R, Singh, N, Sluka, K, St. Marie, B, Strassels, SA. “Core Competencies for Pain Management: Results of an Interprofessional Consensus Summit.” Pain Med. 2013 Jul; 14(7): 971-81.
Younger J, Barelka P, Carroll I, Kaplan K, Chu, L, Prasad R, Gaeta R, Mackey S. "Reduced Cold Pain Tolerance in Chronic Pain Patients Following Opioid Detoxification." Pain Med. 2008 Nov/Dec; 9(8): 1158-1163.
Prasad R, Azizoddin, D, Ramezani, A. “Pain Psychology Evaluation.” Bonica’s Management of Pain, 5th Edition. Ballantyne, JC, Fishman SM, and Rathmell, JP, Eds. Wolters Kluwer Health (2018).
Prasad, R, Hah, J. “Multidisciplinary Care of Chronic Pain.” Anesthesiology 3rd Edition. Longnecker and Mackey SC, Eds. McGraw Hill (2018).