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Donna A. Kreher, Ph.D.

Donna A. Kreher, Ph.D.

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Donna Kreher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Dr. Kreher received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship...
Donna Kreher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Dr. Kreher received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at URMC.

Dr. Kreher works to address the unmet needs of individuals living with chronic pain through clinical, leadership, scholarship, and teaching activities. As Director of University Mental Health Practice, she has developed services for patients requiring specialized care and has increased access to behavioral supports for those coping with chronic pain. She provides consultation, evaluation and ongoing therapeutic support for patients living with pain, and has particular expertise in chronic pelvic pain. Her scholarship centers on the role of psychological factors in the onset and maintenance of chronic pain. Dr. Kreher has given presentations on biopsychosocial approaches to pain in local, national and international organizations, and has provided clinical supervision and research mentorship to numerous graduate and postgraduate trainees.

Faculty Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Psychology (SMD)

Assistant Professor - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (SMD) - Joint

Credentials

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Primary Care and Family Psychology at University of Rochester Medical Center 2011 - 2013

Education

PhD | University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Clinical Psychology. 2011

MS | Tufts University. Neuroscience. 2006

BS | Cornell University. Human Development and Psychology. 2001

Awards

Caring for patients with a sexual trauma history: A preliminary needs assessment of OB/GYN clinicians.. 2022

Whole-Person Wellness in Chronic Pelvic and Vulvar Pain. 2019 - 2020

Multidisciplinary Assessment and Intervention Improves Pain-Related Functioning. 2018

Publications

Journal Articles

Chronic Pelvic Pain Profiles in Women Seeking Care in a Tertiary Pelvic Pain Clinic.

Li R, Kreher DA, Gubbels AL, Palermo TM

Pain medicine : the official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.. 2022 August 16 Epub 08/16/2022.

Responding flexibly to the complex problem of chronic pelvic pain: Incorporating patient needs into program development.

Kreher DA, Gubbels AL, Eastin S, Lee J, Kranz P, Parker S, Poleshuck E

Families, systems & health : the journal of collaborative family healthcare.. 2022 August 11 Epub 08/11/2022.

Pain acceptance predicts healthcare utilization in women with chronic pelvic pain

Kreher, DA, Li, R and Gubbels AL.

Journal of Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Disorders. 2022; 14(3).

Dysmenorrhea catastrophizing and functional impairment in female pelvic pain.

Li R, Kreher DA, Gubbels AL, Palermo TM, Benjamin AR, Irvine CS, Hart A, Jusko TA, Seplaki CL

Frontiers in pain research.. 2022 3 :1053026. Epub 01/06/2023.

Prospective Association between Dysmenorrhea and Chronic Pain Development in Community-Dwelling Women.

Li R, Kreher DA, Jusko TA, Chapman BP, Bonham AD, Seplaki CL

The journal of pain.. 2021 March 21 Epub 03/21/2021.

Association between dysmenorrhea and chronic pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of population-based studies.

Li R, Li B, Kreher DA, Benjamin AR, Gubbels A, Smith SM

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology.. 2020 March 7 Epub 03/07/2020.

Couple Interventions for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review.

Smith SM, Li R, Wolfe H, Swanger-Gagne MS, Bonham AD, Kreher DA, Poleshuck EL

The Clinical journal of pain.. 2019 November 35 (11):916-922. Epub 1900 01 01.

The relationship between cortisol, salivary alpha-amylase, and cognitive bias in young women.

Kreher DA, Powers SI, Granger DA

Behavioral neuroscience.. 2012 February 126 (1):157-66. Epub 1900 01 01.

Selective emotional processing deficits to social vignettes in schizophrenia: an ERP study.

Kuperberg GR, Kreher DA, Swain A, Goff DC, Holt DJ

Schizophrenia bulletin.. 2011 January 37 (1):148-63. Epub 06/29/2009.

What can Event-related Potentials tell us about language, and perhaps even thought, in schizophrenia?

Kuperberg GR, Kreher DA, Ditman T

International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology.. 2010 February 75 (2):66-76. Epub 09/15/2009.

Neural evidence for faster and further automatic spreading activation in schizophrenic thought disorder.

Kreher DA, Holcomb PJ, Goff D, Kuperberg GR

Schizophrenia bulletin.. 2008 May 34 (3):473-82. Epub 09/28/2007.

The role of animacy and thematic relationships in processing active English sentences: evidence from event-related potentials.

Kuperberg GR, Kreher DA, Sitnikova T, Caplan DN, Holcomb PJ

Brain and language.. 2007 March 100 (3):223-37. Epub 03/20/2006.

An electrophysiological investigation of indirect semantic priming.

Kreher DA, Holcomb PJ, Kuperberg GR

Psychophysiology.. 2006 November 43 (6):550-63. Epub 1900 01 01.

Building up linguistic context in schizophrenia: evidence from self-paced reading.

Kuperberg GR, Kreher DA, Goff D, McGuire PK, David AS

Neuropsychology.. 2006 July 20 (4):442-52. Epub 1900 01 01.

Low-level lead exposure, executive functioning, and learning in early childhood.

Canfield RL, Kreher DA, Cornwell C, Henderson CR

Child neuropsychology : a journal on normal and abnormal development in childhood and adolescence.. 2003 March 9 (1):35-53. Epub 1900 01 01.