Mark Beitel PhD Clin

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Research Interests

Chronic Physical Pain; Psychological Mindedness; Psychotherapy Research; Substance Use Disorders


Research Summary

Our team investigates the relationship between substance use and chronic physical pain. We are developing an integrated treatment for both issues. Our group has been particularly interested in the demographic, personality, and treatment-related correlates of chronic physical pain. We have also investigated the treatments that patients seek to address their pain, including traditional biomedical interventions as well as complementary and alternative treatments. In addition, we study psychotherapists to learn about their experiences treating patients with chronic physical pain.

We are also very interested in the theory and practice of behavioral health interventions with Native American patients across the United States. Members of our group are committed to mentoring research trainees with interests in Native American Health.


Selected Publications

  • Beitel, M., Peters, S., Savant, J., Schottenfeld, R. S., & Barry, D. T. (in press). The psychometric properties of the Iowa Personality Disorder Screen (IPDS) in methadone-maintained patients: An initial investigation. Journal of Personality Disorders.
  • Beitel, M., Bogus, S., Hutz, A., Green, D., Cecero, J.J., & Barry, D. T. (in press). Stillness and motion: An empirical investigation of mindfulness and self-actualization. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies.
  • Beitel, M., Allahjah, A., Cutter, C. J., Blackhawk, N., Van Alst, T., and Barry, D. T. (2013). Expectations and preferences for counseling and psychotherapy in Native Americans. Journal of Indigenous Research, 2, Article 2.
  • Beitel, M., Savant, J. D., Cutter, C. J., Peters, S., Belisle, N., & Barry, D. T. (2012). Psychopathology and pain correlates of dispositional optimism in methadone-maintained patients. American Journal on Addictions, 21, S56-62.
  • Beitel, M., Hutz, A. E., Hopper, K. M., Gunn, C., Cecero, J. J., & Barry, D. T. (2009). Do psychologically-minded clients expect more from counseling? Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice, 82, 369-383.

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