Kevin G. Smith, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Smith is a clinical psychologist with sub-specialty training in behavioral medicine and pain management. He has been in practice for over 20 years since completing. After completing a post-doctoral training fellowship in pain management from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston. He is registered with the National Register of Health Service Providers. After completing his fellowship, he joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine, and he was director of Psychological Services for the Center for Pain Medicine. He has been in private practice specializing in pain and rehabilitation psychology working with a variety of pain physicians, hospitals, and rehabilitation facilities throughout the greater Houston area since 1993.
Why has my surgeon or pain physician referred me to you for an evaluation?
First, I have sub-specialty training in pain management. I frequently receive referrals from pain management physicians and other specialists for psychological evaluations of patients suffering from chronic pain. These referrals are not meant to trivialize a person's pain condition as psychiatric in nature. Because chronic pain can cause depression and anxiety, that if severe enough, could adversely impact the effectiveness of pain treatments, then your doctor needs information about how you are coping with your pain in order to make informed decisions about your care. For this reason among others, your doctor may want to have you see a psychologist who specializes in chronic pain to determine for example if you are a reasonable candidate for certain types of medications, to see if you are a reasonable candidate for certain medical procedures, and to see if you may benefit from psychological approaches to pain management.