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Alina M Clavijo-Passik, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Center for Pain Management
Indianapolis, IN

About Alina M Clavijo-Passik, PhD

Alina M. Clavijo-Passik is a board-certified clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience helping people adapt their patterns of behavior in order to live productively and functionally with chronic medical illnesses. She serves as an integral part of the Center for Pain Management's multidisciplinary team, facilitating the outcomes of patients by insuring that their mental health and emotional needs are met.

Dr. Clavijo-Passik has special interest in understanding the cultural and psychosocial factors which impact the functioning of the individual. In addition, she is a bilingual professional (fluent in Spanish) and has trained health care professionals in the relevant and competent strategies for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Hispanic and Latino patients.

Prior to joining the Center for Pain Management, Dr. Clavijo-Passik was a senior psychologist in the Bilingual Treatment Program-Clinic at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York. She also served as a clinical instructor in psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Clavijo-Passik graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Fordham University in New York City before earning her doctorate in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ. Clavijo-Passik completed an internship and pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in psychology at New York University's Bellevue Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Clavijo-Passik is a member of the American Psychological Association and Indiana Psychological Association.


1. 1996 (April 18) Workshop: the Unspeakable condition: Depression and its Effects on Latina Women presented at the conference By Ourselves: Trauma, Mental illness and the Latina Woman. 100 Hispanic Women, Inc., First Mental Health Conferences, New York University, N.Y.

2. Carmen Inoa Vazquez and Alina M. Clavijo (1995), the special Needs of Elderly Minorities: a Profile of Hispanics. In B.G. Knight, L. Teri, P. Wohlford, and J. Santos (Eds.), Mental Health Services for Older Adults Implications for Training and Practice in Geropsychology (pp.93 - 99), American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C. 1994.

3. 1993 The League School, Staff Training Workshop: Cross-Cultural issues in working with Hispanic children with special needs and their families, Brooklyn, N.Y.

4. 1992 Cross-Cultural Factors in the Treatment of Hispanic Patients, Training Seminar, The Institute for the Study of Culture and ethnicity, New York, N.Y.

5. 1991 Cross-Cultural Factors and Medical Illness Staff Training Seminar, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y.

Recent blog posts from Alina M Clavijo-Passik, PhD

July 12, 2009

Fibromyalgia and Anti-depressants

Fibromyalgia has many symptoms, so it's best to take a multi-disciplinary approach to your pain. One of the ways to do this is by considering anti-depressants to curb the physical, mental, and emotional toll fibromyalgia may take on you.

November 26, 2008

The Psychology of Pain

If you're referred to a psychologist, it doesn't mean your pain is imaginary. A psychologist explains what will happen in an appointment.

More from Dr. Clavijo-Passik's blog "Pain Coping Skills"

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