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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine


Kim DixonKim Dixon, PhD, MBA, BSN 

Department of Psychiatric Medicine
Brody School of Medicine at ECU
905 Johns Hopkins Drive
Phone: 252-744-4240
Fax: 252-744-2419

Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor


2003-2005 NIMH Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Pain Prevention and Treatment Research Program, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
2003 Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
2002-2003 Predoctoral Internship, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Charleston, WV
1991 Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama

Bachelor Degree Nursing (BSN), University of Alabama School of Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama

Professional Activities:

American Psychological Association (APA)
NC Psychological Association
APA Commission on Accreditation
APA Division 38 (Health Psychology)
APA Division 12 (Clinical Psychology)
Council of Specialties, Synarchy Chair: Clinical Health Psychology
Treasurer, Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Settings
American Pain Society
National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology

Ad hoc journal reviewer: Pain
Ad hoc journal reviewer: Journal of Pain
Ad hoc journal reviewer: Journal of Clinical Psychology
Ad hoc journal reviewer: Journal of Rheumatology
Ad hoc journal reviewer: Arthritis Care and Research
Guest editor: Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session

Selected Publications:

Robiner, W. N., Dixon, K. E., Miner, J. L. & Hong, B. (in press). Hospital privileges for psychologists in the era of competencies and increased accountability. Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings.

Somers, T. J., Keefe, F. J., Pells, J. J., Dixon, K. E., Waters, S. J., Riordan, P. A., Blumenthal, J. A., McKee, D. C., LaCaille, L., Tucker, J. M., Schmitt, D., Caldwell, D. S., Kraus, V. B., Sims, E. S., Shelby, R. A. & Rice, J. R. (2009). Pain catastrophizing and pain-related fear in osteoarthritis patients: relationships to pain and disability. Journal of pain and symptom management, 37, 863-872.

Pells, J. J., Shelby, R. A., Keefe, F. J., Dixon, K. E., Blumenthal, J. A., et al. (2008). Arthritis self-efficacy and self-efficacy for resisting eating: Relationship to pain, disability, and eating behavior in overweight and obese individuals with osteoarthritis knee pain. Pain, 136, 340-347.

Shelby, R. A., Somers, T. J., Keefe, F. J., Pells, J. L., Dixon, K. E., & Blumenthal, J. A. (2008). Domain specific self-efficacy mediates the impact of pain catastrophizing on pain and disability in overweight and obese osteoarthritis patients. The journal of pain, 9, 912-919.

Dixon, K. E., Keefe, F. J., Scipio, C. D., Perri, L. M., & Abernethy, A. P. (2007). Psychological interventions for arthritis pain management in adults: a meta-analysis. Health Psychology.

Waters, S. J., Dixon, K. E., Perri, L., & Keefe, F. J. (2007). Pain assessment. In S. Ayers, A. Baum, C. McManus, S. Newman, K. Wallston, J. Weinman & R. West (Eds), Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine (2nd Edition). Cambridge UK: Cambridge university Press.

Dixon, J. W., & Dixon, K. E. (2007). Attorney-client privilege versus mandatory reporting by psychologists: Dilemma, conflict, and solution. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 6, 69-78.

Thorn, B. E. & Dixon, K. E. (2007). Coping with chronic pain: A stress-appraisal coping approach. Invited chapter in E. Martz & H. Livneh (Eds.) Coping with chronic illness and disability: theoretical, empirical, and clinical aspects. NY: Springer.

Kerns, R. D., Thorn, B. E., & Dixon, K. E. (2006). Psychological treatments for persistent pain: An introduction. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, (62), 1327-1331.

Ward, L. C., Thorn, B. E., Clements, K. L., & Dixon, K. E. (2006). Measurement of agency, communion, and emotional vulnerability by the Personal Attributes Questionnaire. Journal of Personality Assessment, 86, 206-216.

Dixon, K. E., Thorn, B. E., & Ward, L. C. (2005). In search of catastrophizing. The Journal of Pain, 6, 407.

Thorn, B. E. and Dixon, K. E. (2005). Cognitive behavioral management of chronic pain. Directions in Rehab Counseling, 16, 45-56.

Keefe, F. J., Dixon, K. E., & Pryor, R. W. (2005). Psychological contributions to the understanding and treatment of pain. In H. Merskey, J. D. Loeser & R. Dubner (Eds), The Paths of Pain 1975-2005. 403-420. Seattle: IASP Press.

Dixon, K. E., Thorn, B. E., & Ward, L.C. (2004). An Evaluation of sex differences in psychological and physiological responses to experimentally-induced pain: A path analytic description. Pain, 112, 118-196.

Dixon, K. (2004). In search of internship: Much ado about nothing? Contemporary Psychology, 49, 770-771.

Thorn, B. E., Clements, K., Ward, L. C., Dixon, K., Kersh, B., Boothby, J., & Chaplin, W. (2004). Personality factors in the explanation of sex differences in pain: catastrophizing and response to experimental pain. Clinical Journal of Pain, 20, 275-282.

Dixon, J. W., & Dixon, K. (2003). Gender-specific clinical syndromes and their admissibility under the Federal Rules of Evidence. American Journal of Trial Advocacy, 27, 25-66.

Dixon, K. E. & Thorn, B. E. (2000). Does the internship shortage portend market saturation? 1998 placement data across the four major training councils. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 3, 276-280.

Davidson, K.W., Jonas, B., Dixon, K.E., & Markovitz, J. (2000). Depression symptoms predict hypertension in young adults in the CARDIA study. Archives of Internal Medicine, 160, 1495-1500.

Davidson, K.W., MacGregor, Wm. M., Stuhr, J., Dixon, K.E., & MacLean, D. (2000). Constructive anger verbal behavior predicts blood pressure in a population-based sample. Health Psychology, 19, 55-64.

Thorn, B.E. & Dixon, K.E. (1999). Issues of internship supply and demand: A survey of academic, counseling, and clinical programs. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 30, 198-202.