Fac/Staff profile

David Chatkoff
Associate Professor of Psychology
4049 CASL Building
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128


Dr. Chatkoff is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. He completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and specialized in Clinical Health Psychology during his pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral training at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.


Dr. Chatkoff’s research interests include 1) exploring the biopsychosocial factors involved in the etiology, maintenance, and clinical management of chronic pain and 2) the role of psychological factors, such as stress and mindfulness, on cardiovascular functioning and disease risk. His work has been published in journals such as Health Psychology, Ethnicity and Disease, and Pain Medicine.

Selected Publications

Chatkoff, D.K., Leonard, M.T., and Maier, K., (2015) Pain Catastrophizing Differs between and within WHYMPI Pain Adjustment Classifications: Theoretical and Clinical Implications from Preliminary Data. Clinical Journal of Pain, 31(4), 349-354.


Kerns, R. D., Shulman, M., Burns, J. W., Jensen, M. P., Nielson, W. R., Czlapinski, R., Dallas, M., Chatkoff, D. K., Sellinger, J., Heapy, A., & Rosenberger, P. (2014) Can we improve cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic back pain engagement and adherence? A controlled trial of tailored versus standard therapy.  Health Psychology, 33(9) 938-947.


Leonard, M. T., Chatkoff, D. K., & *Gallaway, M. (2012). Association between pain catastrophizing, spouse responses to pain, and blood pressure in chronic pain patients: A pathway to potential comorbidity. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 20(4), 590-598


Chatkoff, D. K., Maier, K. J., & Klein C. (2010). Nonlinear associations between chronic stress and cardiovascular reactivity and recovery. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 77, 150-156

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