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Patricia A. Merriman, Ph.D.

Patricia A. Merriman, Ph.D.

Patricia A. Merriman, Ph.D.


  • University of Notre Dame, Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, May, 2000
  • Dissertation: "Interpersonal perceptions, attachment style, and response to treatment for low back pain."
  • M.A. Thesis: "An analysis of the perceptions of interpersonal behaviors: A comparison of chronic pain patients with reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome patients and normal controls." Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana
  • M.A. Applied Behavioral Science, May, 1988
  • B.A. Psychology, minor in English, August, 1985


Experience and Training

  • Attending Psychologist, Assistant Professor, Rush Pain Center, Chicago, Illinois, January, 2005 to present
  • Provide assessments, pain management counseling, and outpatient psychotherapy to patients presenting for treatment with a variety of pain conditions
  • Provide pre-procedure assessments for patients being considered for spinal cord stimulator or intrathecal pump placement
  • Provide inpatient psychological assessments and pain management counseling to patients referred to the Rush Pain Service
  • Provide supervision to advanced psychology graduate students in practicum placement at RPC
  • Participate in research through the Department of Anesthesiology and other departments



  • Merluzzi TV, Carr PA. Cognitive Science and Assessment: Paradigmatic and Methodological Perspectives, in Cognitive Science and Clinical Disorders, Stein DJ, Young JE, eds. 1992, Academic Press, Inc. (as Patricia A. Carr)
  • Jedel S, Merriman P, Hoffman A, Swanson B, Keshavarzian A, MD, Relationship of Mindfulness, Quality of Life and Psychiatric Symptoms Among Patients with Ulcerative Colitis, Mindfulness, December 2013, Volume 4(4): 296–300
  • Jedel S, Hoffman A, Merriman P, Li H, Swanson B, Voigt R, Shaikh M, Keshavarzian A. A Randomized, Double-Blind Controlled Trial of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to Prevent Flare-up in Patients with Inactive Ulcerative Colitis. Digestion. 2014, 89(2):142-55


Research Participation

  • Mindfulness, Stress, and IBD flare-up. PI: Ali Keshavarzian, M.D., Rush University Medical Center, January, 2006 – December, 2010.
  • Preoperative cognitive therapy for improving health outcomes after total knee replacement in high-risk catastrophizing subjects. PI: Asokumar Buvanendran, M.D.,Rush University Medical Center. January, 2013 to present.
  • A radomized controlled study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Precision Spinal Cord Stimulator System adapted for high-rate spinal cord stimulation. PI: Timothy R. Lubenow, M.D., March, 2014, to present.
  • A Post-Approval Study to Evaluate Targeted SCS (DRG) Stimulation for the management of Moderate to Severe Chronic, Intractable, Pain of the Lower Limbs due to CRPS types 1 and II . PI: Timothy R. Lubenow, M.D., Rush University Medical Center. March, 2016, to present.