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Donna A. Kreher, Ph.D.

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Appointment: (585) 276-3000

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Professional Background

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.



Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/01/2011 - 08/31/2013
Fellowship at University of Rochester Medical Center

09/01/2010 - 08/31/2011
Internship in Clinical Psychology at University of Rochester School of Medicine GME


Caring for patients with a sexual trauma history: A preliminary needs assessment of OB/GYN clinicians.
Sponsor: Top Poster, International College of Psychosomatic Medicine

2019 - 2020
Whole-Person Wellness in Chronic Pelvic and Vulvar Pain
Sponsor: Innovation Grant, Department of Psychiatry, URMC

Multidisciplinary Assessment and Intervention Improves Pain-Related Functioning
Sponsor: Top Poster Award, International Pelvic Pain Society

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Journal Articles

Li R, Kreher DA, Gubbels AL, Palermo TM. "Chronic Pelvic Pain Profiles in Women Seeking Care in a Tertiary Pelvic Pain Clinic." Pain medicine : the official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.. 2022 Aug 16; Epub 2022 Aug 16.

Kreher DA, Gubbels AL, Eastin S, Lee J, Kranz P, Parker S, Poleshuck E. "Responding flexibly to the complex problem of chronic pelvic pain: Incorporating patient needs into program development." Families, systems & health : the journal of collaborative family healthcare.. 2022 Aug 11; Epub 2022 Aug 11.

Kreher, DA, Li, R and Gubbels AL. "Pain acceptance predicts healthcare utilization in women with chronic pelvic pain". Journal of Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Disorders. 2022; 14(3).