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Kern A. Olson, PhD
Clinical Health Psychologist
Portland, OR

About Kern A. Olson, PhD

Dr. Olson earned a PhD from an APA-approved Clinical Psychology program at the University of Wyoming. His Internship was at the University of Oregon Medical School, Department of Medical Psychology. He continued his studies in the area of Biofeedback at the Professional School of Biofeedback in San Francisco and at the Albert Einstein Medical School in Massachusetts. At the University of Texas, Dr. Olson studied Neuropsychology Assessment.

Dr. Olson has worked as a Staff Psychologist of Mental Health Programs, in Private Practice, as Director of Behavioral Medicine and Psychological Services, and as a Psychologist in a Pain Management Center. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Specific societies associated with the research of pain of which Dr. Olson is a member of are the American Pain Society, Western Pain Society, International Association for the Study of Pain, Neuromodulation Society, and Portland Pain Interest Study Group.

Dr. Olson has published 11 journal publications, written 3 invited monographs, and has an active history of invited lectureships. He is on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Pain Management and Neuromodulation.

Publications

1. Olson KA. Self-monitoring of study behavior. Directory of Teaching Innovations in Psychology, American Psychological Association, 1973.

2. Olson KA. An experimental analysis of self-reinforcement and two approaches to monitoring and self-modeling. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Wyoming, Laramie, 1974.

3. Olson KA and Rardin MW. Behavioral systems for the developmentally disabled: 1. school and family environments, Edited by: L. A. Hamerlynck, Bruner/Mazel, N.Y., 1979.

4. Olson KA. (Book review) Chronic Pain, Vols I & II by Thomas W. Miller, Ed. Contemporary Psychology, 1992, Vol 37, No. 3, pp. 251-252.

5. Burchiel KJ, Olson KA, et al.: Prognostic factors of spinal cord stimulation for chronic back and leg pain. Neurosurgery, 1996; Vol. 36, No. 6, pp. 1101-1111.

6. Olson KA. The Value of Multiple Sources of Data in Decision Making. Pain Forum 5(2): 104-106, 1996.

7. Olson KA. Discographic Pain Report: Influence of Psychological Factors. Pain Medicine journal, 1996. Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 159-161, (commentary).

8. Olson KA. Prognostic Value of Psychological Testing in Patients Undergoing Spinal Cord Stimulation. Pain Medicine journal, 1997. Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 31-33, (commentary).

9. Krames E and Olson KA. Patient Selection In Intrathecal Pain Therapy. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 1997. Vol. 14, No. 35, pp. 53-513.

10. Olson KA and Bedder MD, et al. Psychological variables associated with outcome in spinal cord stimulation trials. Neuromodulation, 1997. Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 6-13.

11. Olson KA. Personality Traits, Pain Duration and Severity, Functional Impairment and Psychological Distress in Patients with Persistent Low Back Pain. Pain Medicine Journal, 1998. Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 20-22, (commentary).

Invited Monographs:

1. Olson KA. The Physician and Psychological Services: Treating Chronic Pain, NCS, Minneapolis, 1993.

2. Olson KA. An Approach to Psychological Assessment of Chronic Pain Patients, NCS, Minneapolis, 1993.

3. Olson KA & Doleys DM. Psychological Assessment and Intervention in Implantable Pain Therapies, Medtronic Inc., Neuro Division, Minneapolis, 1997.

Invited Research:

1. Olson KA (Consultant). Occupational low back pain: Factors associated with extended disability. Report to SAIF Corporation, Medical Services Division, Salem, Oregon, 8/94.

Presentations:

1. Reducing hyperactive behavior in the classroom by photographing mediated self- modeling. Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1973.

2. A method for increasing patient's recall and effectiveness utilization of information presented by allied health professionals. Oregon Psychological Association, Gleneden Beach, 1974.

3. Self-modeling. Banff International Conference on Behavior Modification, Banff, Alberta, 1977.

4. Invited Presenter: Topic: High risk pain model. Medtronic, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 24, 1990.

5. Invited Presenter:Psychological screening for spinal cord stimulation. implantable Techniques Workshops: Management of Chronic Pain. Sponsored by: Medtronic, Inc., Dannemiller Educational Foundation and the Department of Anesthesiology, Oregon Health Sciences University. San Francisco, California, February 1991; Portland, Oregon, June 1991; Falmouth, Massachusetts, August, 1991; San Francisco, California, May 1992, San Diego, California, February, 1993; New Orleans, Louisiana, March 1994; San Diego, California, December 1994.

6. Psychological profiles as indicators of compliance problems in the prescription of narcotics for nonmalignant pain. Dannemiller Educational Foundation. Atlanta, Georgia, April, 1993.

7. Invited Presenter:An overview of psychological factors affecting chronic pain. Queens Medical Center. Honolulu, Hawaii. March, 1994.

8. Psychological considerations in implantable therapy with chronic non-cancer pain patients. Symposia Chairman, American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting. Miami Beach, Florida, November 1994.

9. Invited keynote speaker.1st Annual Meeting of the Colorado Pain Association. Denver, Colorado, 1996.

10. Invited speaker,closed Roundtable Meeting. Current Status of lntratheral Therapy for Nonmalignant Pain: Clinical Realities and Economic Considerations, Memphis, Tennessee, January, 1997.

11. Invited speaker. Chronic Pain Management, St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, May, 1997.

12. Invited speaker. Psychological Assessment for Implantable Pain Therapies, Medtronic, Neuro Division, Minneapolis, Minnesota. August, 1997.

13. Invited speaker. Psychological Assessment and Patient Selection for Implantable Pain Therapies, Saint Lukes Hospital of Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri, January, 1998.

Poster Presentations:

1. Olson KA. Cross-Cultural Aspects of Pain: Comparison of Pain Adjectives by Vietnamese and American Patients. American Pain Society, New Orleans, November, 1991.

2. Olson KA. Psychological variables affecting outcome in spinal cord stimulator trials. American Pain Society, San Diego, California, October, 1992.

3. Olson KA and Burchiel K. Outcomes of spinal cord stimulation: A formula for success. American Pain Society, San Diego, California, October, 1992.

4. Olson KA and Bedder MD. Diagnostic indicators for implantable infusion pumps in nonmalignant pain. American Pain Society, San Diego, California, October 1992.

5. Olson KA and Bedder MD. Psychological factors associated with diagnostic epidural examinations. 7th World Congress of Pain. Paris, France, August, 1993.

6. Olson KA and Burchiel K. Outcomes of spinal cord stimulation: A formula for success. 7th World Congress of Pain. Paris, France, August 1993.

7. Olson KA, Fleming BM, Roney CS, Tindall A. The role of anxiety and depression in predicting psychological distress among chronic pain patients. American Pain Society. Orlando, Florida, November 1993.

8. Olson KA and Bedder MD. Psychological factors associated with diagnostic epidural examinations. American Pain Society. Orlando, Florida, November 1993.

9. Olson KA and Tindall A. Are there gender differences in chronic pain patients? American Pain Society, Orlando, Florida. November 1993

10. Olson KA, Fleming BM, Roney CS, Tindall A. The role of anxiety and depression in predicting psychological distress among chronic pain patients. Controversies in Neuroscience V: Persistent Pain. Robert S. Dow Neurological Sciences Institute. Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center, Portland, Oregon. August 1994.

11. Olson KA and Tindall A. Are there gender differences in chronic pain patients? Controversies in Neuroscience V: Persistent Pain. Robert S. Dow Neurological Sciences Institute. Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center, Portland, Oregon. August 1994.

12. Olson KA. Psychosocial Profiles of Myofascial Pain Patients. American Pain Society, Los Angeles, California. November 1994.

13. Olson KA and Bedder M. Total Health Care Costs for Implantable Pumps. 1st Annual Meeting of Neuromodulation Society, Orlando, Florida. Fall 1995.

14. Olson KA. The Assessment of Suicide Probability in the Pain Patient: A Normative Study. 8th World Congress of Pain. Vancouver, B.C., Canada, August 1996.

OHSU presentations:

1. Invited Presenter and Panel Member: Back Pain Conference. Sponsored by Division of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation School of Medicine. Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon. May 4, 1990.

2. Invited Presenter and Panel Member:1990 Neurology/Neurosurgery Update, Salishan, Oregon. Pain and Movement Disorders: Improving Function. Sponsored by Continuing Medical Education and Division of Neurosurgery, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon, June 8-10, 1990.

Invited Presenter: Grand Rounds:

1. Pain Management (Dept. Of Medical Psychology) - November 29, 1989

2. EMG Activity and Myofascial Pain (Dept. of Medical Psychology) - April 4, 1990

3. High Risk Pain Model (Dept. of Medical Psychology) - June 20, 1990

4. History and Theory of Pain (Dept. of Medical Psychology) - October 4, 1990

5. Myofascial Pain (Dept. of Medical Psychology) - July 24, 1991

6. Chronic Pain, Oregon Hearing Research Center (Dept. of Otolaryngology) - February a, 1991

7. Considerations of Chronic Pain (Dept. of Anesthesiology) - - February 20, 1991

8. Psychological Profile of Chronic Pain:local norms. (Dept. of Medical Psychology) - September 30, 1992

9. Psychological Evaluation for Chronic Pain. (Dept. of Family Medicine) - February 5, 1992

10. An Update in Pain Management, Providence Hospital and Medical Center, July 2, 1992

11. Psychological Factors Associated with Cancer Pain, Division of Oncology, Oregon Health Sciences University, November 1992

12. Sleep Disorders in Chronic Pain Patients, Dept. of Medical Psychology, February 16, 1994.

13. Pain Management, OHSU School of Dentistry, June 20, 1994.

14. Diathesis Model of Chronic Pain (Dept. of Medical Psychology), June 29, 1994.

15. Psychological factors Associated with Chronic Pain, OHSU School of Dentisty, Div. of Oral Surgery, November 15, 1994.

16. Myofascial Pain, Dept. of Medical Psychology, July 26, 1995

17. Patient Selection for Elective Surgery, Dept. of Medical Psychology, June 8, 1996.

18. Introduction to Pain, Dept. of Medical Psychology, Feb. 26, 1997.

19. Myofascial Pain, Dept. of Medical Psychology, July 16, 1997.

Invited Speakers Bureau and Consultant to:

1. The Purdue Frederick Company - Norwalk, Connecticut

2. Medtronic, Inc., Neuro Division - Minneapolis, Minnesota

3. National Computer Systems - Minneapolis, Minnesota

4. Strato/Infusaid, Inc. - Norwood, Massachusetts

5. Leibinger LP - Dallas, Texas

6. Advanced Neuromodulation Systems - Allen, Texas

Articles Written by Kern A. Olson, PhD

Psychological Factors that Influence Elective Surgical Outcome for Chronic Pain Patients

Pain relief is the primary reason why patients undergo elective surgery in the United States. There are a number of psychological factors that should be considered before elective surgery is considered with patients experiencing persistent or chronic pain.

Articles Reviewed by Kern A. Olson, PhD

Facet Joint Syndrome

Facet joint syndrome is a common cause of pain related to the spine. The facet joints can become inflamed secondary to injury or arthritis and cause pain and stiffness.

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