Published: Jan. 25, 2021

*Goerlitz, D.  Hong, A., & Wachholtz, A. (in review). Implications for a mindfulness-based positive affect induction: A brief commentary toward pain management.


*Wachholtz, A. Robinson, D. & Epstein, E. (in review). Developing a community-friendly treatment for opioid use disorder and chronic pain.


*Frers, A., Shaffer, J., Edigner, J., & Wachholtz, A. (in press). The Relationship Between Sleep and Opioids in Chronic Pain Patients. Journal of Behavioral Medicine.


*Woelk, J., McNabb, J., Bhowmick, A. & Wachholtz, A. (in press). Childhood migraine onset and adult outcomes: A retrospective survey. Journal of the International Child Neurology Association.


Desanto-Madeya, S., Tjia, J., Fitch, C., Wachholtz, A. (2021).Feasibility and acceptability of digital legacy-making: An innovative story-telling intervention for adults with cancer.  American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


Lee, J., Bhowmick, A., & Wachholtz, A (2020). Chronic migraine headaches: Role of smoking and locus of control. SN Comprehensive Clinical Medicine.  https://


*Woelk, J., Goerlitz, D., & Wachholtz, A (2020). I’m tired and it hurts!  Sleep quality and acute pain response in a chronic pain population. Sleep Medicine, 67, 28-32.


Lee, J., Beom, J.W., Choi, S.Y., Lee, S.G., Wachholtz, A., & Lee, J.H. (2019). Chronic pain patients’ gaze patterns toward pain-related information: Comparison between pictorial and linguistic stimuli. Medicina, 55(9), 530-544.

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*Wachholtz, A., Vorha, R., & Metzger, A. (2019).  A reanalysis of a randomized trial on meditation for migraine headaches: Distraction is not enough but meditation takes time. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 46, 136-143.  doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2019.08.011.


Wachholtz, A., & Gonzalez, G., Ziedonis, D. (2019). Psycho-physiological response to pain among individuals with comorbid pain

and opioid use disorder: Implications for patients with prolonged abstinence. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 45(5), 495-505.


Lee, J.L, Lee, J.H., Kim, S.H., Shin, S.K., & Wachholtz, A. (2018). Attentional engagement for pain-related information among individuals with chronic pain: The role of pain catastrophizing. Pain Research and Management, 2018.


*Han, S., Patel, B., Min, M., Bocelli, L., Khederer, J., Wachholtz, A., & Wassef, W. (2018). Quality of life, mental health, and opioid addiction comparison between smokers and non-smokers with chronic pancreatitis. Pancreatology,18, 269-274.


*Malone, C., & Wachholtz, A. (2018).  The relationship among anxiety, depression, and spiritual well-being in a mainland Chinese population. Journal of Religion and Health,57, 266-278.  DOI: 10.1007/s10943-017-0447-4    Public access:


Park, C., Masters, K., Salsman, J., Wachholtz, A., Clements, A., Salmaego-Blotcher, E., Trevino, K., & Wischenka, D. (2017).  Advancing our understanding of religion and spirituality in the context of behavioral medicine. Journal of Behavioral Medicine,40(1):39-51. DOI: 10.1007/s10865-016-9755-5; PMCID: PMC5183527


Wachholtz, A., Bhowmick, A., Herbert, L., & Marcus, D. (2017). More Isn't Always Better: An Epidemiological Assessment of Migraine Frequency and the Impact on Relationships. Journal of Pain Management & Medicine, 3(2): 126.


*Wachholtz, A., Malone, C. & Pargament, K. (2017).  Effect of different meditation types on migraine headache medicine use. Behavioral Medicine, 43 (1), 1-8.  DOI: 10.1080/08964289.2015.1024601

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Dharmawardene, M, Givens, J., Wachholtz, A., Makowski, S, & Tjia, J (2016). A systematic review and meta-analysis of meditative interventions for informal caregivers and health professionals.  British Medical Journal- Palliative and Supportive Care, 6, 160-169. DOI: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2014-000819;


Lee, J., Kim, E.Y. & Wachholtz, A. (2016). The Effect of Perceived Stress on Life Satisfaction: The Mediating Effect of Self-Efficacy. Korean Journal of Youth Studies, 23(10), 29-47.  DOI 10.21509/KJYS.2016.;


*Bhattacharya, R, Shen, C., Wachholtz, A., Dwibedi, N., & Sambamthoori, U. (2016). Depression treatment decreases healthcare expenditures among working age patients with comorbid conditions and Type 2 diabetes mellitus along with newly-diagnosed depression.  BMC-Psychiatry, 16, 247-261. DOI 10.1186/s12888-016-0964-9.


Lee, J., Bhowmick, A., Wachholtz, A. (2016) Does Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use reduce negative life impact of headaches for chronic migraineurs? A national survey. Springer Plus: Journal of Headache and Pain, 5, 1-10.  DOI: 10.1186/s40064-016-2362-7.


*Han, S., Kheder, J., Bocelli, L., Fahed, J., Wachholtz, A., Seward, G., & Wassef, W. (2016). Smoking Cessation in Chronic Pancreatitis Population. Pancreas, 45 (9), 1303-1308.; doi: 10.1097/MPA.0000000000000641


Wachholtz, A., Fitch, C., Makowski, S., Tjia, J. (2016).  A comprehensive approach to the patient at end of life:  Assessment of multidimensional suffering.  Southern Medical Journal, 109 (4), 200-206. doi: 10.14423/SMJ.0000000000000439


*Patel, B., Min, M., Han, S., Kheder, J., Bocelli, L., Wachholtz, A., Wassef, W. (2016). A quality of life comparison in chronic pancreatitis patients between smokers and non-smokers. Pancreas, 45(10), 1494-1551.


Jayatunge, R., & Wachholtz, A. (2016). Treating chronic pain with meditation. Traumatic Brain Injury.

*Wachholtz, A., Malone, C., & Bhowmick, A. (2015) The Chronic Migraineur and Health Services: National Survey Results. Journal of Pain Management and Medicine, 1, 103. doi:10.4172/jpmme.1000103

Lee, J., Kim, J.K., & Wachholtz, A.  (2015). The benefit of HRV biofeedback and relaxation training in reduction of anxiety and pain among college students in South Korea. Korean Journal of Health Psychology, 20, 391-405.

*Malone, C., Bhowmick, A., & Wachholtz, A., (2015) Migraine Treatments, Comorbidities, and Quality of Life: Migraine in the USA.  Journal of Pain Research, 8, 537-547., PMID:  26316804.

*Bhattacharya, R., Wachholtz, A., Dwidebi, N., Misra, R., Scott, V., Sambamthoori, U. (2015). Does treatment for newly-diagnosed depression reduce healthcare expenditures among Medicaid beneficiaries with Type 2 diabetes.  Value in Health, 18(3), A69.  DOI:10.1016/j.jval.2015.03.400.


Porche, MV, Fortuna, L R, Wachholtz, A.B, Torres Stone, R. (2015). Religion and Spirituality as Protective Factors for Alcohol Use in a National Sample of Emerging Adults.  Religions, 6, 365-384. DOI: 10.3390/rel6020365,, PubMed PMID:4486303


*Dzeutter, J, Lyckx, K., & Wachholtz, A. (2015)  Stability and Change of Meaning in Life – profiles in Chronic Pain Patients: Relationships with Pain Experience and Psychological Well-being.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38, 384-396.  DOI: 10.1007/s10865-014-9614-1


*Wachholtz, A., Foster, S, & Cheatle, M. (2015).  Psycho-Physiology of pain and opioid use: Implications for managing pain in patients with an opioid use disorder.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.10.023. PubMed PMID: 25468815.


*Han S, Kheder J, Fahed J, Bocelli L, Carrasquillo Y, Wachholtz A, & Wassef W. (2015). Quality of Life Comparison in Chronic Pancreatitis patients.  Global Journal of Medical Research, 15, 15-19.  


Wachholtz, A., & Gonzalez, G. (2014).  Comorbid Opioid Addiction and Chronic Pain: Effect of long term opioid maintenance on acute pain.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 145, 143-149. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.10.010. PubMed PMID: 25456326. PMC: 4254606


Lee, J., Wachholtz, A., & Choi, K-H. (2014). A Review of the Korean Culturally-Bound Disorder Hwa-Byung: Suggestions for Theory and Intervention.  Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling (Asia Taepyongyang Sangdam Yongu), 4, 49-64. PubMed PMID: 25408922; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4232959.


*Tonelli, M. & Wachholtz, A. (2014). Meditation-Based Treatment Yielding Immediate Relief for Meditation-Naïve Migraineurs. Pain Management Nursing, 15,36-40.. PubMed PMID: 24602422; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4109722


*Dezutter, J., Casalin, S., Wachholtz, A., Luyckx, K., Hekking, J. & Vandewiele, W. (2013). Meaning in life: An important factor for the psychological well-being of chronically ill patients?  Rehabilitation Psychology, 58, 334-341. PubMed PMID: 24295525; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4113206


Wachholtz, A.B. (2013). Brief Meditation Training for Migraineurs Affects Emotional and Physiological Stress Reactivity. In L Brum and S Paddock (Eds.) The 8th Annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium on Advances in Pain Research: Integrated Self-Management Strategies for Chronic Pain (pp 25-26). National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.


Wachholtz, A.B. & Rogoff, M. (2013). The relationship between spirituality and burnout among medical students.  Journal of Contemporary Medical Education, 1, 82-91. doi: 10.5455/jcme.20130104060612.


Wachholtz, A.B  & Sambamthoori, U. (2013) National Trends in Prayer Use as a Coping Mechanism for Depression: Changes from 2002 to 2007.  Journal of Religion and Health. 52,1356-1368. doi: 10.1007/s10943-012-9649-y.


Wachholtz, A.B. (2012). Religious and spiritual coping in the midst of pain: Findings, reflections, and questions.  Conference Proceedings of the 9th China Symposium of Social Scientific Study of Religion, 9, 29-39.  Renmin University Press.


*Dezutter, J., Wachholtz, A., & Corveleyn, J. (2012).  Prayer and pain: The mediating role of positive re-appraisal.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine,34 (6), 542-549.  DOI: 10.1007/s10865-011-9348-2.  PubMed PMID: 21516338


Rosmarin, D., Wachholtz, A., & Ai, A. (2012).  Beyond descriptive research: advancing the study of spirituality. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 34(6), 409-413.   DOI: 10.1007/s10865-011-9370-4. PubMed PMID: 21751040


Wachholtz, A.B.  (2012).   The Role of Spirituality on Pain Perception and Tolerance. WSEAS International Journal of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy.


*Lysne, C.J. & Wachholtz, A.B. (2012).  A mixed method exploratory study on contemplative prayer on mental and spiritual health.  Religions.


Wachholtz, A.B., Ziedonis, D. & Gonzalez, G, (2011).  Co-Morbid Pain & Opioid Addiction: Psycho-social and Pharmacological Treatments.  Substance Use and Misuse, 46, 1-17.   DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2011.559606. PubMed PMID: 21756033


Wachholtz, A., Gonzalez, G., Boyer, E., Rosenbaum, C., & Ziedonis, D (2011).  The intersection of chronic pain treatment and opioid analgesic misuse: A review of the causes, treatments, and policy strategies. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Review, 2, 145-162. PubMed PMID: 24474854; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3846312


Wachholtz, A.B., & Sambamthoori, U. (2011). Changes in prayer for coping with health concerns from 2002 to 2007: Findings from the National Health Interview Survey.  Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 3, 67-77.


*Utley, J, & Wachholtz, A.B. (2011).  Bio-psycho-social-spiritual care for patients with HIV. Psychiatry Issues Brief, 8(3), 1-3.  URL:


*Lysne, C. & Wachholtz, A. (2011).  Pain, Spirituality, and Meaning Making: What Can We Learn from the Literature? Religions, 2, 1-16; doi:10.3390/rel2010001.


Wachholtz, A.B., Binks, M., Suzuki, A., Kolotkin, R., & Eisenson, H. (2010).  Does pain predict interference with activities of daily living in an obese residential treatment seeking population?  International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 17 (2), 118-124. PubMed PMID: 20387027


Suzuki, A., Binks, M., Sha, R., Wachholtz, A., Eisenson, H., & Diehl, A. (2010). Serum Aminotranferase changes with significant weight loss: Gender and age effects.  Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental, 59 (2), 177–185. PubMed PMID: 19765777


Wachholtz, A.B., Binks, M., Suzuki, A., & Eisenson, H. (2009).  Sleep Disturbance and Pain in an Obese Residential Treatment Seeking Population. Clinical Journal of Pain, 25 (7), 584-589. PubMed PMID: 19692799


Wachholtz, A.B. & Pearce, M. (2009). Does spirituality help or hinder coping with chronic pain: What physicians need to know.  Current Pain & Headache Reports, 13, 127-132. PubMed PMID: 19272278


O’Connell-Edwards, C., Edwards, C.L., Pearce, M., Wachholtz, A.B., Wood., M., et al. (2009). Religious Coping and Pain Associated With Sickle Cell Disease: Exploration of a Non-linear Model. Journal of African American Studies, 13, 1-13.


Wachholtz, A.B. & Pargament, K.I.  (2008). Migraines and meditation: does spirituality matter? Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 31, 355-361. PubMed PMID: 18551362


Wachholtz, A.B., Pearce, M., & Koenig, H. (2007).  Exploring the relationship between spirituality, coping, and pain: Past research and future directions.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 30, 311-318. PubMed PMID: 17541817


Wachholtz, A.B. & Keefe, F.J. (2006). What physicians should know about spirituality and chronic pain. Southern Medical Journal, 99, 1174-1175. PubMed PMID: 17100061


Mahoney, A., Carels, R.A., Pargament, K.I., Wachholtz, A.B., Edwards-Leeper, L., Kaplar, M., & Frutchey, R. (2005).  The Sanctification of the Body and Behavioral Health Patterns of College Students.  International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 15, 221-238.


Wachholtz, A.B. & Pargament, K. (2005).  Is Spirituality a Critical Ingredient of Meditation? Comparing the Effects of Spiritual Meditation, Secular Meditation, and Relaxation on Spiritual, Psychological, Cardiac, and Pain Outcomes.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine,28,,369-384.  PubMed PMID: 16049627


Kaplar, M., Wachholtz, A., & O’Brien, W. (2004). The impact of religious and spiritual variables on the psycho-social and biological health factors: A meta-analysis.  Journal of Psycho-Social Oncology, 22, 39-49.


Koenig, H.G., Pargament, K.I., McCarthy, S., Shah, P., Ano, G., Tarakeshwar, N., Wachholtz, A., Sirrine, N., Vasconcelles, E., Murray-Swank, N., Locher, A., Duggen, J., Weaver, A., Flannelly, K.., Drause, N., Hummer, R.A., Elison C.G., Rogers, R.G., Moulton, B.E., & Romerro, R.R. (2004).   CME Topic: Spirituality.  Southern Medical Journal, 97, 1190-1190.


Pargament, K.I., Tarakeshwar, N., McCarthy, S., Wachholtz, A., Shaw, P., Ano, G., Sirrine, N., Phillips, K., & Vasconcelles, E. (2004).  From research to practice: Developing a group psychospiritual intervention for women facing HIV/AIDS.  Southern Medical Journal, 97, 1201-1209. PubMed PMID: 15646758


Wachholtz, A. (2000). Bioethics of xeno-transplantation: Three religious perspectives.  Journal of Faith and Science Exchange, 4, 317-326.