Howard Rome, PhD.

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What led you to become a psychologist? What is your educational background?

After initially studying music and sociology, I found my way back to the “family business.” My father, uncle, and brother had careers in mental health, and it gradually dawned on me that I could avoid it for only so long. After relocating from Minnesota to California, I started graduate school at the California School of Professional Psychology. It was a good fit. I was fortunate to get a pre-doctoral internship at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco in 1981. The psychiatry/psychology training program at CPMC was superb and exposed me to a number of clinical settings: inpatient, outpatient, neuropsychology, and psychological assessment of chronic pain patients in the Workers’ Compensation system. The rotation that most interested me was the psychiatric consultation/liaison service on the medical wards. Under the supervision of George Becker, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who had trained as a psychiatrist, our team of psychiatric residents and psychology interns evaluated and treated medical inpatients with a wide variety of illnesses that required hospitalization. At this stage of my career, in the early 1980s, HIV/AIDS was just emerging and everyone in the hospital was struggling to understand this new and frightening illness.  Read more…

A word from our President

Kimeron Hardin, PhD, ABPP

Hello everyone!

Marilyn Jacobs and I have just returned from the 2024 American Academy of Pain Medicine conference in Scottsdale, AZ full of excitement and a sense of accomplishment from manning the AAPP booth over the weekend.

There were around 450 RSVP’d attendees plus an unknown number of “day of” registrations.  The overwhelming majority of attendees were physicians and other pain providers such as nurse practitioners and physicians-in-training with a sprinkling of psychologists and other mental health providers and students.

Our booth looked amazing with Darlene’s help getting the banner and the table skirt and brochures together.  The packet of abstracts and references were also quite the hit.

Although the actual number of psychologists stopping by our table was small, most of the medical providers indicated that they worked closely with at least one mental health provider and all of those indicated that they would be passing our information along to them and encouraging them to join.  Read more…

The American Association of Pain Psychology (AAPP) is a national, multidisciplinary community of pain providers serving youth and adults living with chronic pain. AAPP was established in 2010 to provide a place for pain providers to educate, network, advocate, and share information regarding the practice and study of pain management. AAPP creates community, promotes and elevates pain education, and advocates for a biopsychosocial approach to pain medicine through advanced-level continuing education seminars, free online courses for AAPP Members, community gatherings, resource-sharing, and a public directory of multidisciplinary pain providers. AAPP is a dynamic organization that is constantly evolving to meet our members’ needs.

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