Laura Stockdale, PH.D.

Dr. Stock­dale is a licensed Coun­sel­ing Psy­chol­o­gist with Behav­ioral Med­i­cine Insti­tute, pro­vid­ing on-site con­sul­ta­tion for Pain Con­sul­tants of East Ten­nessee. In addi­tion to her PhD in Coun­sel­ing Psy­chol­o­gy, she holds both BSN and MSN degrees from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ten­nessee Col­lege of Nurs­ing in Mem­phis, TN. Her doc­tor­al research, which she com­plet­ed in 1989, was the first of its kind mea­sur­ing the effects of relax­ation train­ing in inter­nal defib­ril­la­tor patients. Nation­al­ly, she was one of the first Men­tal Health Clin­i­cal Nurse Spe­cial­ists to pro­vide cri­sis inter­ven­tion, coun­sel­ing, and grief work in an ICU set­ting. Her devel­op­ment of this role was fea­tured in an Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Nurs­ing doc­u­men­tary in 1986. She is a for­mer mem­ber of the Acad­e­my of Psy­cho­so­mat­ic Med­i­cine. Addi­tion­al­ly, she is pub­lished in mul­ti­ple nurs­ing jour­nals, includ­ing Heart and Lung. Because of her unique clin­i­cal expe­ri­ences, she has been a fea­tured speak­er at the local, region­al, and nation­al lev­el. Her focus has always been prac­ti­cal cop­ing skills, patient edu­ca­tion, and using the mind-body con­nec­tion to help each patient reach his or her full poten­tial. At PCET, she pro­vides addic­tion-risk assess­ments and indi­vid­ual coun­sel­ing to help the patients cope more effec­tive­ly with chron­ic pain.