Kevin Vowles, Associate Professor, Area Head: Health Psychology

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PhD., West Virginia University, 2004
Office Location: Logan Hall 134
Phone: (505) 277-5676
Curriculum Vitae and Publications

Research Area

Clinical Psychology

Additional Research Area

Health Psychology

Research Interests

  • Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
  • Use and development of empirically-supported treatments for physical health conditions, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Assessment measure development
  • Effective and appropriate opioid and analgesic use for chronic pain

Selected Publications

* Bailey, R. W.+, & Vowles, K. E. (in press). Chronic non-cancer pain and opioids: Risks, benefits, and the public health debate. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.

* McEntee, M. L.+, Vowles, K. E., & McCracken, L. M. (in press). Development of a chronic pain specific version of the Sickness Impact Profile. Health Psychology. 

* Witkiewitz, K., Vowles, K. E., McCallion, E.+, Frohe, T.+, Kirouac, M.+, & Maisto, S. A. (2015). Pain as a predictor of alcohol treatment outcomes in the COMBINE study and the United Kingdom Alcohol Treatment Trial. Addiction, 110, 1262-1271. 

* Vowles, K. E., McEntee, M. L.+, Siyahhan Julnes, P.+, Frohe, T.+, Ney, J. P., & van der Goes, D. N.(2015). Rates of opioid misuse, abuse, and addiction in chronic pain: A systematic review and data synthesis. Pain, 156, 569-576.

* Main, C. J., Keefe, F. J., Jensen, M. P., Vlaeyen, J. W. S., & Vowles, K. E. (Eds.). (2014). Fordyce’s Behavioral Methods for Chronic Pain and Illness. New York: Walters-Kluwer.

* McCracken, L. M., & Vowles, K. E. (2014). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness for chronic pain: Model, process, and progress. American Psychologist, 69, 178-187.

* Vowles, K. E., Witkiewitz, K., Sowden, G., & Ashworth, J. (2014). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for chronic pain: Evidence of mediation and clinically significant change following an abbreviated interdisciplinary program of rehabilitation. Journal of Pain, 15, 101-113.

+ indicates student author.

Courses Taught

  • PSY 280: Health Psychology (Undergraduate)

  • PSY 450: Anxiety and Depression and Healthcare Settings (Undergraduate)

  • PSY 614: Health Psychology Interventions (Graduate)

  • PSY 615: Advanced Health Psychology (Graduate)

  • PSY 650: Clinical Behavior Analysis (Graduate)

  • Extracurricular Activity: Behavior Analysis Reading Group (Graduate)


Current Graduate Students:

Laurie Steffen (On pre-doctoral clinical internship 2015-2016)

Mindy McEntee

Robert Bailey

Melissa Pielech

It is likely that I will be accepting a graduate student for the Autumn 2016 school year