Dr. David Blair
Center for Health Psychology, Inc.

 

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Clinical Psychology: First and foremost is patient care. Dr. Blair is trained in a variety of assessment and therapy/intervention models and techniques, to help people deal with life's challenges and problems in daily living. He helps people change problem behaviors, habits, and thoughts, improve their emotional health, and deal with stressful situations. He works with people to help them adjust to serious health problems, injuries, and disability.

  • Psychological assessment, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Psychotherapy (individual, family, and group)
  • Stress management therapy and programs
  • Pain management therapy for chronic pain and pain lifestyle changes
  • Adaptation to illness and disability
  • Smoking cessation

Health Psychology: Trained as a clinical health psychologist, Dr. Blair began working with heart patients in 1984, consulting with a heart transplantation program in Arizona and providing services to cardiac patients and their families. His doctoral dissertation at Arizona State University investigated psychological factors associated with recovery from open-heart surgery.

His emphasis is on interdisciplinary teamwork, patient/family collaboration in decision-making, maximizing the patient's functional independence and awareness of strengths and weaknesses, and community re-entry planning and coordination.

Neuropsychology: Dr. Blair first became interested in brain-behavior relationships in the early 1980s and has performed neuropsychological evaluations and neurocognitive interventions ever since. He has been a member of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) team at a major medical rehabilitation center and continues to provide neurocognitive assessment, rehabilitation, and education on an outpatient basis for TBI patients and their families.

Rehabilitation Psychology: Dr. Blair served as senior psychologist at the Medical Rehabilitation Center at Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC), a major tertiary-care hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center, where adaptation to illness and life change is a significant challenge for patients and families. In this setting he served on the Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, and Amputee clinical teams. Dr. Blair provides consultation/liaison services to medical departments and providers.

Educator: As Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at the West Virginia University School of Medicine in Charleston from 1995 to 2006, Dr. Blair has trained and supervised psychiatry and family medicine residents, psychology interns, and medical students to help people deal with both physical and mental illness and make needed lifestyle changes.

Since 1989 he has been a faculty member with the WVU (Charleston Division) Psychology Internship, which is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Forensic Psychology: With years of forensic experience in psychology, he performs forensic assessments and consultations and has been designated a "medical expert" in forensic cases. 

Summary of Credentials:

  • 20+ years of postgraduate experience as a clinician, educator, and consultant
  • Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Arizona State University, 1989.  ASU is a real, "bricks and morter" university, where the Department of Psychology is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.  Training is through an established curriculum and is "face-to-face" with full-time ASU faculty, ASU clinical faculty at approved training sites, and real patients.
  • Fully accredited psychology internship at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Long Beach, CA, with specialty rotations in neuropsychology, spinal cord injury, medical-surgical consultation/liaison, inpatient and outpatient psychiatry.


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