Phoenix, Arizona


Townsend.Cynthia@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


My research interests include cognitive-behavioral treatment of chronic pain and associated mood disorders. Specifically, my clinical and research interests include treatment outcomes for patients with chronic non-cancer pain who complete a multidisciplinary cognitive-behavioral rehabilitation program (such as the Mayo Comprehensive Pain Rehabilitation Center program), increasing scientific knowledge of less known but equally distressed pain populations (such as abdominal pain), and understanding prevalence and treatment of co-morbid mood disorders in pain populations (anxiety disorders).


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Psychiatry & Psychology
  2. Consultant, Division of Clinical Health Psychology, Department of Psychiatry & Psychology

Academic Rank

  1. Assistant Professor of Psychology


  1. Post Doctoral Fellowship - Primary Rotation-Pain Rehabilitation Center Minor Rotations-Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Integrated Outpatient Treatment Program Department of Psychiatry & Psychology
  2. Resident Medical Psychology, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. Predoctoral Internship - Major Rotations (12-months)- Comprehensive Chronic Pain Management, Primary Care, Health Promotion, Inpatient Consultation-Liaison, Sexual Dysfunction Minor Rotation-Clinical Neuropsychology VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  4. PhD Department of Psychology, Counseling Psychology Program, Virginia Commonwealth University
  5. MS Department of Psychology, Counseling Psychology Program, Virginia Commonwealth University
  6. BA Creighton University

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