Lori Waxenberg, Ph.D., ABPP

Clinical ProfessorLori Wavenberg
(Ph.D., 1999, University of Kentucky)

E-mail: lwaxenbe@phhp.ufl.edu
Office: 352-273-5273

Full CV


Dr. Lori Waxenberg is a Clinical Professor and the Director of Training for the pre-doctoral Internship program of the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions.  Dr. Waxenberg received her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1999 (Clinical Psychology).  Her clinical training was completed at the Medical College of Georgia (Augusta, GA, 1999).  She attended Washington University in St. Louis for her undergraduate work (B.A., Psychology, 1992)

Clinical Focus

Dr. Waxenberg specializes in working with people who are experiencing chronic pain and chronic illness.  She serves as a consultation/liaison to multiple clinics and physicians at the UF&Shands Health Center.  She works closely with the multidisciplinary Pain Division, and she is a member of the Pelvic Floor Disorder Team.   She also consults with Gastroenterology, Rheumatology, Psychiatry, Internal Medicine and Family medicine.  Dr. Waxenberg utilizes a variety of psychology interventions to treat patients including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as techniques pulled from Interpersonal and Dialectical Behavioral therapies.  She has written a chronic pain treatment manual that is used for research protocols as well as with patients in our Psychology Clinic.  Dr. Waxenberg enjoys providing clinical supervision to the graduate students, interns and postdoctoral fellows in the department and is also invested in teaching trainees how to prepare to become a clinical supervisor.

Research Focus

Dr. Waxenberg’s research interests have been informed by her clinical work and vice versa.  Her overarching goals are to better understand and serve patients with chronic pain and to add to the evidence base to better inform the treatments of those patients.  Dr. Waxenberg has served as a collaborator on several research projects at the University of Florida Department of Clinical and Health Psychology.  Her research interests include patient centered outcomes in chronic pain, coping with chronic pain and the interaction of pain and sleep.

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • American Pain Society

Courses Taught

  • Psychological Treatment I
  • Research in Psychotherapy
  • Advanced practicum in Clinical Health Psychology
  • Practicum in Clinical Health Psychology

Representative Publications

O’Brien, EM , Waxenberg, LB, Atchison, JW, Gremillion, HA, Staud, RM, McCrae, CS & Robinson, ME.  (2011). Intraindividual variability in daily sleep and pain ratings among chronic pain patients: Bi-directional association and the role of negative mood, Clinical Journal of Pain, 27(5), 425-33

Roditi, D, Waxenberg LB, and Robinson, ME.  (2010). Frequency and perceived effectiveness of coping define important subgroups of patients with chronic pain, Clinical Journal of Pain, 26(8), 677-82.

O’Brien, E M, Waxenberg, LB, Atchison, J.W. Gremillion, HA, Staud, R M, McCrae, CS& Robinson, ME, (2010). Negative Mood Mediates the Effect of Poor Sleep on Pain Among Chronic Pain Patients. Clinical Journal of Pain, 26, 310–319.

Stutts, L, Robinson, ME, McCulloch, RC, Banou, E, Waxenberg, LB, Gremillion, HA, & Staud, R (2009).  Patient-Centered Outcome Criteria for successful treatment of Facial Pain and Fibromyalgia.  Journal of Orofacial Pain, 23, 47-53.

O’Brien, EM, Atchison, JW, Gremillion, HA, Waxenberg, LB & Robinson, ME (2008). Somatic focus/awareness: Relationship to negative affect and pain in chronic pain patients.  European Journal of Pain, 12, 104-115.

Hirsh AT, Waxenberg LB, Atchison JW, Gremillion HA, Robinson ME (2006). Evidence for sex differences in the relationships of pain, mood, and disability. Journal of Pain, 7(8), 592-601.

Robinson ME, Brown JL, George SZ, Edwards PS, Atchison JW, Hirsh AT, Waxenberg LB, Wittmer V, Fillingim RB (2005). Multidimensional success criteria and expectations for treatment of chronic pain: The patient perspective. Pain Medicine, 6(5), 336-345.

Hirsh, AT, Atchison, JW, Berger, JJ, Waxenberg, LB, Lafayette-Lucey, A, Bulcourf, BB, & Robinson, ME (2005).  Patient satisfaction with treatment for chronic pain: predictors and relationship to compliance.  Clinical Journal of Pain, 21(4) 302-310.

Gremillion, HA, Waxenberg, LB, Myers, CD & Benson, MB (2003).  Psychological Considerations in the Diagnosis and Management of Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain, General Dentistry, 51(2), 168-172.

Robinson, ME, Riley JL 3rd, Myers, CD, Papas RK, Wise, EA, Waxenberg, LB, Fillingim, RB (2001). Gender role expectations of pain:  relationship to sex differences in pain, Journal of Pain 2(5), 251-7.

Riley, JL, Caldwell, MS, Benson, MB, Gremillion, HA, Myers, CD, Robinson, ME, Smith, CL & Waxenberg, LB (2001). Sleep Disturbance in Orofacial Pain Patients: Pain related or Emotional Distress, Cranio, 19(2), 106-113.