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As a health psychologist, my expertise is the bidirectional relationship between physical and mental health.

  • What psychological factors improve or worsen my physical symptoms? 

  • How do I cope emotionally with my illness?

  • How can I live a meaningful life that is not defined by my diagnosis?

I have helped individuals address these questions in a variety of medical settings, including primary care, specialty outpatient clinics, and skilled nursing facilities.

Pain management has always been one of the most complex and rewarding experiences for me as a psychologist. As pain cannot be directly and objectively measured like temperature or blood pressure, it is a uniquely personal experience with no one-size-fits-all treatment. I am passionate about collaborating with each of my patients to develop a plan that fits well with the biological, psychological, and social factors that make you who you are.

I look forward to being a part of your journey toward physical and emotional wellness.


  • BS, Brain & Cognitive Sciences and Biology - MIT

  • MA, Clinical Psychology - University of Southern California

  • PhD, Clinical Psychology - University of Southern California

  • Internship - Portland VA Medical Center

  • Fellowship - Stanford Pain Management Center

License:  California PSY27654

Uta Maeda, PhD
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