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Samantha D. Outcalt, PhD, ABPP

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine
Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
Research Scientist, William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
Core Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication

   Dr. Outcalt is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine, and a Research Scientist for both the Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research and Regenstrief Institute's William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research. She provides clinical psychological services to Veterans in the Palliative Care unit of Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.


   As a Core Investigator at the Roudebush VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication, Dr. Outcalt’s health services research is concentrated on the intersection of chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder population.  She is committed to the dissemination and implementation of empirically supported psychological treatments for chronic pain, both with and without comorbid mental health conditions.


   Dr. Outcalt also teaches undergraduate courses in Health Psychology and Psychology of Women, provides clinical supervision to students, and gives didactic lectures to interns and residents regarding chronic pain, health psychology, and research ethics. 

Dr. Outcalt is a board certified clinical health psychologist and a staff psychologist at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.

 

CLINICAL INTERESTS

  Palliative care psychology (e.g., pain management, psycho-oncology, end-of-life counseling)
  Psychological interventions for chronic pain
  Comorbidity of chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder
  Cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based approaches to chronic pain treatment
  Women’s health
  Sexual and/or military trauma

 

HOSPITALS & AFFILIATIONS

Physician Group:  
     IU Health Physicians  
Hospital Privileges:  
     Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center  

 

EDUCATION

Undergraduate  Indiana University 
Graduate School  Southern Illinois University   
Internship  Connecticut VA Healthcare System   
Fellowship  Health Services Research & Development, Roudebush VA Medical Center

Active Projects


I. VA Rehabilitation Research & Development  (2013-2017)

 

Pain Outcomes Comparing Yoga versus Structured Exercise Trial (M. Bair, PI)

The Pain Outcomes Comparing Yoga versus Structured Exercise (POYSE) Trial is a 2-arm parallel group, randomized clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of a yoga-based intervention with that of a structured exercise program.

Selected Publications                    

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1. Outcalt SD, Kroenke K, Krebs EE, Chumbler NR, Wu J, Yu Z, Bair MJ. Chronic pain and comorbid mental health conditions: independent associations of posttraumatic stress disorder and depression with pain, disability, and quality of life. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2015 Jun;38(3):535-43.

2. Bair MJ, Ang D, Wu J, Outcalt SD, Sargent C, Kempf C, Froman A, Schmid AA, Damush TM, Yu Z, Davis LW, Kroenke K.  Evaluation of Stepped Care for Chronic Pain (ESCAPE) in Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts: A Randomized Clinical Trial.  JAMA Internal Medicine. 2015 May 1;175(5):682-9.

3. Outcalt SD, Ang DC, Wu J, Sargent C, Yu Z, Bair MJ. Pain experience of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with comorbid chronic pain and posttraumatic stress. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. 2014;51(4):559-70.

4. Outcalt SD, Yu Z, Hoen HM, Pennington TM, Krebs EE. Health care utilization among veterans with pain and posttraumatic stress symptoms. Pain Medicine. 2014 Nov;15(11):1872-9. 

5. Chumbler NR, Kroenke K, Outcalt S, Bair MJ, Krebs E, Wu J, Yu Z.Association between sense of coherence and health-related quality of life among primary care patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain.  Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2013 Dec 26;11:216. 

6. Kroenke K, Outcalt S, Krebs E, Bair MJ, Wu J, Chumbler N, Yu Z. Association between anxiety, health-related quality of life and functional impairment in primary care patients with chronic pain. General Hospital Psychiatry. 2013 Jul-Aug;35(4):359-65.

7. Outcalt, S. D. & Lysaker, P. H. (2012). The relationships between trauma history, trait anger, and stigma in persons diagnosed with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Psychosis, 4(1), 32-41.

8. Lysaker, P. H., Davis, L. W., Outcalt, S. D., Gelkopf, M., & Roe, D. (2011). Therapeutic alliance in cognitive behavior therapy for schizophrenia: Association with history of sexual assault. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 35(5), 456-462.

9. Lysaker PH, Davis LW, Buck KD, Outcalt S, Ringer JM. Negative symptoms and poor insight as predictors of the similarity between client and therapist ratings of therapeutic alliance in cognitive behavior therapy for patients with schizophrenia. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 2011 Mar;199(3):191-5.

10. Lysaker PH, Outcalt SD, Ringer JM. Clinical and psychosocial significance of trauma history in schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics. 2010 Jul;10(7):1143-51.

 


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