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Andrew R. Block, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.

Clinical Health Psychology – Behavioral Medicine Texas Back InstituteClinical Health Psychology
6020 W. Parker Road Suite 200 Plano, TX 75093 Phone: 972-608-5000

Biography

| Practicing Locations: Plano

| Personal Quote:

“I believe patients should be fully prepared to undergo surgical procedures. I work with patients to overcome emotional difficulties, deal with stress, and control medications so that they can achieve the best surgical outcomes. When possible, I explore alternatives to surgery with patients so that they may be able to regain control over their lives through more conservative treatments.”

| Specialty: Clinical Health Psychology – Behavioral Medicine

| Fellowship Training: Clinical Health Psychology – Behavioral Medicine

| Certification: Clinical Health Psychology by American Board of Professional Psychology & Fellow, The American Psychological Association, Division of Health Psychology

| Andrew R. Block, Ph.D., ABPP

Andrew R. Block, Ph.D., ABPP, joined Texas Back Institute as a Clinical Health Psychologist in 1990. Dr. Block earned his undergraduate degree from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. He then completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Applied-Experimental Psychology at Dartmouth College where he was a Clinical Intern in the Behavioral Medicine Unit at Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Block’s fellowships include work at Dartmouth, Indiana University, a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neurobehavioral Science from Duke University Medical Center, and Bio-Behavioral Sciences with the National Institute of Health. He is board-certified in Clinical Health Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Division 38 (Health Psychology). He is the author of many peer-reviewed articles and 4 books, including the recently-released, Pre-surgical Psychological Screening: Understanding Patients, Improving Outcomes.

| Education

  • 1980-1981 Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neurobehavioral Science, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, Behavioral Assessment and Treatment of Chronic Pain Syndromes and Post-Myocardial Infarction Patients, Biofeedback and Psychophysiology, Francis Keefe, Ph.D., Preceptor
  • 1979-1980 Clinical Internship, Behavioral Medicine Unit of Dartmouth Medical School, Brattleboro, Vermont, Behavioral Interventions with Chronic Pain and Other Disabled Patients, Research on Interpersonal Factors in Physical Injury, Supervised by Jeremy Burch, Ph.D.
  • 1976-1980 Ph.D., Applied-Experimental Psychology, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, Behavioral Medicine, Assessment and Management of Chronic Pain and Disability, Program Evaluation, Behavior Modification, Biofeedback and Self-Regulation Strategies
  • 1974 B.A., Psychology, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania

| Awards/Recognition

  • Appointed to the Executive Council of the Academy of Clinical Health Psychology
  • Board Member, Academy of Clinical Health Psychologists
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
  • Associate Clinical Professor, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Director, The WellBeing Group, Plano, Texas
  • National Institutes of Health Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Bio-behavioral Sciences
  • Dartmouth Fellowship
  • Summer Faculty Fellowship, Indiana University

| Publications, Books & Presentations

As world-renowned leaders in the field of neck and back care, Texas Back Institute doctors are continuously writing and presenting professional articles, publications, and speaking engagements to national and international audiences.
PUBLICATIONS
1. Block AR, Kremer EF, Gaylor M: Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Pain: The Spouse as a Discriminative Cue for Pain Behavior. Pain 9:243-252, 1980.
2. Block AR, Kremer EF, Gaylor M: Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Pain: Variables Affecting Treatment Efficacy. Pain 8:367-375, 1980.
3. Dunne F, Elliott R, Block AR: Beyond the Cities: A Curriculum for Teaching Career Options to Rural Youth. Curriculum Inquiry 10:3-28, 1980.
4. Keefe FJ, Block AR, Williams RB, Surwit RS: Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: Clinical Outcome and Individual Differences in Pain Relief. Pain 11:221-231, 1981.
5. Kremer EF, Block AR, Gaylor M: Behavioral Approaches to the Treatment of Chronic Pain: The Inaccuracy of Patients’ Self-Report Measures. Arch Phys Med Rehab, 62, 188-191, 1981.
6. Block AR: An Investigation of the Response of the Spouse to Chronic Pain Behavior. Psychosom Med 43:415-423, 1981.
7. Block AR: Multidisciplinary Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: A Review. Rehabil Psychol 27:51-63, 1982.
8. Keefe FJ, Block AR: Development of a Behavioral Observation System for Assessing Pain Behaviors in Chronic Low Back Pain Patients. Behav Ther 13:363-375, 1982.
9. Coombs DW, Saunders RL, Gaylor MS, Block AR, Colton T, Harbaugh R, Pageau M, Mroz W: Relief of Chronic Pain by Intraspinal Narcotics. J Am Med Assoc 250:2336-2339, 1983.
10. Block AR, Boyer S: The Spouse’s Adjustment to Chronic Pain: Cognitive and Emotional Factors. Soc Sci Med 19:1313-1317, 1984.
11. Block AR: Computerized Diagnosis of Psychological Factors In Medical Illness. Behavioral Health Management 14:16-19, 1994.
12. Block AR, Vanharanta H, Ohnmeiss DD, Guyer RD: Discographic Pain Reports: Influence of Psychological Factors. Spine 21(3):334-338, 1996.
13. Block AR: Controlling the Costs Of Pain Related Disability. J Pain Symptom Management 13:1-3, 1997.
14. Block AR: The influence of Psychosocial Factors on The Outcome of Spine Surgery. J Controversial Medical Claims 7:9-15. 2000.
15. Block AR: Predictive Efficacy of a Pre-Surgical Psychological Screening Tool for Back Surgery Patients. Ann Behav Med 22(Suppl):S207, 2000.
16. Block AR, Ohnmeiss DD, Guyer RD, Rashbaum RF, Hochschuler SH: The Use of Presurgical Psychological Screening to Predict the Outcome of Spine Surgery. Spine J 1(4):274-282, 2001.
17. Epker J, Block AR: Presurgical Psychosocial Screening in Back Pain Patients: A Review. Clin J Pain 17(3):200-2005, 2001.
18. Block AR, Deardorff WW, Gatchel RJ: Should the MMPI-2 be the Standard for Psychological Evaluation for Spine Care Patients? SpineLine Nov/Dec 13-18, 2005.

BOOKS AND BOOK CHAPTERS
1. Kremer EF, Block AR, Morgan C, Gaylor M: Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Pain: Social Communication Skills and Pain Management. In: Oborne DJ, Grunneberg MM, Eiser J (eds): Research in Psychology and Medicine, Volume 1. New York, Academic Press, 1979.
2. Keefe FJ, Block AR: Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine. In: Caven J, Brody HKH (eds) Critical Problems in Psychiatry 1982-1983. New York, Academic Press, 1982.
3. Keefe FJ, Block AR: Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Pain: A Critical Review of Self Management Techniques. In: Williams RB, Surwit RS (eds) Behavioral Treatment of Disease. New York; Academic Press, 1982.
4. Landis D, Block AR, Boyer S: Instructor’s Manual for Psychology Today, Fifth Edition. New York: Random House, 1983.
5. Kremer EF, Block AR, Atkinson H: Behavioral Assessment of Chronic Pain. In: Melzack R (ed) Assessment and Measurement of Pain. New York, Raven Press, 1983.
6. Block AR, Boyer S, Imes C: Long-term Adjustment To Myocardial Infarction: A Model For Coping With Physical Disability In Middle Age. In: Eisenberg M, LC Sutkin LC, Jansen M (eds): The Impact of Chronic Disabling Conditions on Self and Family: A Life-span Approach.. New York, Springer, 1984.
7. Block AR, Boyer S, Silbert RK: Spouse’s Perception of the Chronic Pain Patient: Estimates of Exercise Tolerance. In: Fields HL, Dubner R, Cervero F (eds) Advances in Pain Research and Therapy, Vol 9. New York: Raven Press, 1985.
8. Block AR: Psychological Screening of Spine Surgery Candidates. In: Hochschuler SH, Cotler H, Guyer RD (eds) Rehabilitation of the Spine: Science and Practice. St Louis: Mosby Year Book, 1993.
9. Block AR (author): Presurgical Psychosocial Screening in Chronic Pain Syndromes. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, Mahwah, New Jersey; 1996.
10. Block AR, Kremer EF, Fernandez E (eds.): The Handbook of Chronic Pain Syndromes: Biopsychosocial Perspectives. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1999.
11. Block, AR: Presurgical Psychological Screening in Chronic Pain Syndromes: Psychological Risk Factors for Poor Outcome. In: Turk D, Gatchell R (eds.) Psychosocial Factors in Pain: Evolution and Revolutions. New York: Guilford Press, 1999.
12. Pladziewicz C, Block AR: Interviewing Spine Surgery Candidates: Presurgical Psychological Screening. In: Memon A, Bull R (eds) Handbook of the Psychology of Interviewing. New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1999.
13. Block AR, Kremer EF, Callewart, CC: Chronic Pain Syndromes. In: Eisenberg M, Glueckauf R, Zaretsky H (eds) Medical Aspects of Disability, Second Edition. New York, Springer Publishing Co., 1999.
14. Block AR: Psychological Screening of Spine Surgery Candidates: Risk Factors for Poor Outcome. In: J.D. Loeser JD, S. H. Butler SH, C. R. Chapman CR, Turk DC (eds.): Bonica’s Management of Pain, 3rd Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2000.
15. Block AR, Gatchel RJ, Deardorff WW, Guyer RD (authors): The Psychology of Spine Surgery. Block AR (ed) American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., 2003.
16. Block AR: Psychological Evaluation of Spinal Arthroplasty Patients. In R. D. Guyer RD, Zigler JE (eds): Spinal Arthroplasty: A New Era in Spine Care. St. Louis, Quality Medical Publishing, 2005.
17. Block AR, Kremer EF, Kremer AM: Chronic Pain Syndromes. In: Zaretsky HH, Richter EF, Eisenberg MG (eds) Medical Aspects of Disability, 3rd Edition. New York; Springer Publishing, 2005.
18. Epker J, Block AR: Biopsychosocial Factors in Low Back Syndromes. In: Morris C (ed) Low Back Syndromes: Integrated Clinical Perspectives. New York, McGrawHill, 2006.
19. Block AR: Presurgical Psychological Screening for Low Back Syndromes. In:Morris C (ed) Low Back Syndromes: Integrated Clinical Perspectives. New York:McGraw-Hill, 2006.
20. Guyer RD, Block AR: Multidisciplinary Chronic Pain Management as an Alternative to Surgery. In: Schatman M, Campbell A (eds): Multidisciplinary Chronic Pain Management: A Guidebook for Program Development and Excellence of Treatment. Informa Healthcare, New York, New York; in press.
21. Rashbaum RF, Block AR, Ohnmeiss DD: Spine Clinics. In: Bonica’s Management of Pain, in press.

PRESENTATIONS
1. Block AR: Preference for Information about the Quality of Reinforcement. Eastern Psychological Association. 1978; Washington, D.C.
2. Dunne F, Elliott R, Block AR: Development and Evaluation of a Career Options Curriculum. Evaluation Research Society. November, 1978; Washington, D.C.
3. Kremer EF, Block AR, Morgan C: Behavioral Approaches to Pain Management: Social Communication Skills and Pain Relief. Society of Psychology and Medicine. July, 1979; Swansea Wales.
4. Block AR, Kremer EF, Gaylor M: The Spouse as a Discriminative Cue for Pain Behavior. Society of Behavioral Medicine. December, 1979; San Francisco.
5. Block AR: Marital Interaction and Chronic Pain: A Trimodal Assessment of the Response of The Spouse to Chronic Pain Behavior. Society of Behavioral Medicine. November, 1980; New York, New York.
6. Block AR: Communication in Chronic Pain Patients. Society of Behavioral Medicine. November, 1980; New York, New York.
7. Keefe FJ & Block AR: Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Pain: A Critical Review of Self Management Techniques. NATO Symposium on Behavioral Medicine: Behavioral Treatment of Disease. Porto Carras, Childkidki, Greece, 1981.
8. Keefe FJ, Block AR: Direct observation of chronic low back pain patients in laboratory and naturalistic settings. Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. November, 1981; Toronto, Canada.
9. Block AR: Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Pain: An Operant Conditioning Perspective. Biofeedback Society of America 1982; Chicago, Illinois.
10. Block AR: Involvement of the Spouse and Significant Others in the Treatment of Chronic Pain. National Pain Symposium. September, 1982; Indianapolis, Indiana.
11. Block AR, Boyer SL: The Spouse’s Perception of the Chronic Pain Patient. Society Behavioral Medicine. March, 1983; Baltimore, Maryland.
12. Block AR, Gaylor M, Coombs D & Harbaugh T: Evaluation of Continuously Infused Morphine for the Relief of Chronic Low Back Pain. American Pain Society. 1983; Chicago, Illinois.
13. Keefe FJ, Block AR: Patterns of Pain Behavior in Chronic Low Back Pain. American Pain Society. 1983; Chicago, Illinois.
14. Block A, Guyer RD, Hochschuler SH, Ohnmeiss DD, Vanharanta H: Discographic Pain Report: Influence of Psychological Factors. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. February, 1993; San Francisco, California.
15. Block AR, Vanharanta H, Ohnmeiss DD, Guyer RD, Hochschuler SH: Discordant CT/Discography Results: Psychological Factors Play a Role. International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. June, 1993; Marseilles, France.
16. Block AR: Chronic Pain Syndromes: Psychological Factors Influencing Medical Treatment Outcome. American Pain Society. November, 1994; Miami Beach.
17. Block AR, Ware D, Ohnmeiss DD, Guyer RD, Pladjewitz C: Initial Results from a Psycho-Social Screening Package for Spine Surgery Candidates. International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. June, 1996; Burlington, Vermont.
18. Block AR: Innovations in the Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Chronic Pain. American Pain Society. November, 1997; New Orleans, Louisiana.
19. Block, AR: Matching Patients to Treatment: Identifying Psychosocial Factors to Predict Outcome from Opioid Therapy, Spinal Surgery and Functional Restoration. American Pain Society. November, 1998; San Diego.
20. McGregor M, Block AR, Blumenthal SL, Triano JJ, Osterbauer P: Symptom Amplification in Neck Pain Patients: An Objective Test. North American Spine Society. October, 1998; San Francisco, California
21. Block AR, Guyer RD, Rashbaum RF, Hochschuler SH, Ohnmeiss DD: Use of Presurgical Psychosocial Screening to Predict Spine Surgery Outcome. North American Spine Society. October, 1999; Chicago, Illinois.
22. Block AR, Ohnmeiss DD: MMPI Profiles Predict the Outcome of Spinal Surgery. North American Spine Society. October, 2000; New Orleans, Louisiana.
23. Wacholtz E, Block AR, Ohnmeiss DD: Responsiveness to Spine Surgery: Effects of Spousal Solicitousness on Short-Term Recovery. North American Spine Society. October, 2000; New Orleans, Louisiana.
24. Block AR: Psychological Screening of Spine Surgery Candidates (Symposium: Failed Back Syndrome). American Pain Society. March, 2002; Baltimore, Maryland.
25. Block AR, Ohnmeiss DD: Cluster Analysis of MMPI Scores and Their Relationship to Spine Surgery Outcome. North American Spine Society. October,
2002; Montreal, Canada.
26. Block AR, Austin S, Ohnmeiss D: Presurgical Psychological Screening in Total Disc Replacement: SCL-90 Profiles Predict Diminished Results. North American Spine Society. October, 2008; Toronto, Canada.
27. Block A, Mock L, Waldrip A, Ohnmeiss D: Results of Random Drug Testing in Chronic Back Pain Patients Managed with Pain Medication. North American Spine Society. October, 2008; Toronto, Canada.

POSTERS
1. Block AR, Vanharanta H, Ohnmeiss DD, Guyer RD, Hochschuler SH: Discordant CT/Discography Results: Psychological Factors Play a Role. North American Spine Society. October, 1993; San Diego, California.
2. Block AR, Vanharanta H, Ohnmeiss DD, Guyer RD, Hochschuler SH: Discordant CT/Discography Results: Psychological Factors Play a Role. American Pain Society. November, 1994; Orlando, Florida.
3. Block AR, Ware D, Ohnmeiss DD, Guyer RD: Initial Results from a Psycho-Social Screening Package for Spine Surgery Candidates. International Association for the Study of Pain. August, 1996; Vancouver, Canada.
4. Block AR, Ware D, Ohnmeiss DD, Guyer RD: Initial Results from a Psycho-Social Screening Package for Spine Surgery Candidates. North American Spine Society. October, 1996; Vancouver, Canada.
5. Block AR, Guyer RD, Ohnmeiss DD: Use of Presurgical Psychosocial Screening to Predict Spine Surgery Outcome. International Association for the Study of Pain. August, 1999; Vienna, Austria.
6. Block AR, Ohnmeiss DD: Cluster Analysis of MMPI Scores and Their Relationship to Spine Surgery Outcome. (Poster Award Winner) American Pain Society. March, 2002; Baltimore, Maryland.
7. Block AR, Ohnmeiss DD: Cluster Analysis of MMPI Scores and Their Relationship to Spine Surgery Outcome. International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. May, 2002; Cleveland, Ohio.
8. Wacholtz EH, Block AR, Ohnmeiss DD: Spouse’s Influence on Treatment Outcome in Spine Surgery Patients. International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. May, 2003; Vancouver, Canada.

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