Cynthia O. Townsend, Ph.D., L.P.

  1. Psychologist

Cynthia O. Townsend, Ph.D., L.P., is a clinical health psychologist specializing in chronic pain and chronic pain rehabilitation. Dr. Townsend's clinical focus includes:

  • Functional restoration through intensive, interdisciplinary rehabilitation while minimizing polypharmacy
  • Addressing psychological comorbidities in the context of debilitating chronic complex medical conditions
  • Delivering cognitive behavioral therapy for management of chronic pain
  • Promoting wellness and a holistic approach to empower individuals with chronic pain syndromes, and their family members and supporters

In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Townsend has been active in interdisciplinary rehabilitation treatment outcome research.

Dr. Townsend is the clinical director of the Mayo Clinic Pain Rehabilitation Center (PRC) program in Arizona.

  1. 2004
    Post Doctoral Fellowship - Primary Rotation-Pain Rehabilitation Center Minor Rotations-Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Integrated Outpatient Treatment ProgramDepartment of Psychiatry & Psychology
  2. 2002
    Internship - Pre-doctoral internship training in clinical health psychology and behavioral medicine, outpatient and inpatient assessment and therapy with 12-month rotations.VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  3. 2002
    Predoctoral Internship - Major Rotations (12-months)- Comprehensive Chronic Pain Management, Primary Care, Health Promotion, Inpatient Consultation-Liaison, Sexual Dysfunction Minor Rotation-Clinical NeuropsychologyVA Connecticut Healthcare System
  4. 2002
    PhDDepartment of Psychology, Counseling Psychology Program, Virginia Commonwealth University
  5. 1999
    MSDepartment of Psychology, Counseling Psychology Program, Virginia Commonwealth University
  6. 1996
    BACreighton University


  1. 2008
    Clinical Health PsychologyAmerican Board of Professional Psychology

Awards and honors

  1. 2014
    Director's Recognition Program Network Star Award - First PlaceVA Midwest Health Care Network
  2. 2012
    Scientific Poster AwardAmerican Academy of Pain Medicine
  3. 2011
    Scientific Poster AwardAmerican Academy of Pain Medicine
  4. 2011
    Mayo Clinic Leadership Competencies 360 review Mayo Clinic
  5. 2006
    CR-20 - Multidisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation and muscle strength training for fibromyalgia [co-investigator]Mayo Foundation
  6. 2005
    Small Grant Research Award - Longitudinal Study of Smoking Status and Eating Behaviors of Chronic Pain Patients Following Pain RehabilitationDepartment of Psychiatry & Psychology
  7. 2005
    Small Grant Award - Pain Rehabilitation with Opioid Withdrawal: Longitudinal Study of Treatment Outcomes for Chronic Noncancer PainDepartment of Psychiatry & Psychology
  8. 2004
    Scientific Poster AwardAmerican Academy of Pain Medicine
  9. 2002
    Clinical Program of ExcellenceVA Connecticut Healthcare System-Renal Dialysis Team Member
  10. 1998
    Phi Kappa Phi-Graduate Scholar AwardVirginia Commonwealth University
  11. 1996
    Outstanding Scholar AwardDepartment of Psychology, Creighton University
  12. 1996
    Outstanding Service AwardDepartment of Psychology, Creighton University
  13. 1992
    Magna cum LaudeCreighton University

Professional memberships

  1. 2014 - 2018
    Secretary/TreasurerBoard of Directors, American Board of Clinical Health Psychology
  2. 2012 - present
    Oral Board ExaminerAmerican Board of Clinical Health Psychology
  3. 2012 - present
    ExaminerWritten Practice Sample, American Board of Clinical Health Psychology
  4. 2009 - present
    Board Member at LargeAmerican Board of Professional Psychology
  5. 2008 - 2010
    Co-ChairAmerican Pain Society Special Interest Group: Pain Rehabilitation Centers
  6. 2008 - present
    Co-chair/memberAmerican Pain Society
  7. 2008 - present
    MemberAmerican Board of Professional Psychology
  8. 2008 - present
    MemberAmerican Psychological Association
  9. 2003 - present
    MemberAmerican Pain Society
  10. 1997 - 2004
    MemberSociety of Behavioral Medicine


Research activities

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