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Treats Medically Complex Patients Suffering from Chronic Pain

Treats Medically Complex Patients Suffering from Chronic Pain

Jenna Buth-Croes
2015, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
2013, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University
Clinical Health Psychology Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic

“My instructors were supportive of my interests in health psychology and they were willing to work with me to meet my needs and passion.”

Treats Medically Complex Patients Suffering from Chronic Pain

Dr. Jenna Buth-Croes is a clinical health psychology fellow in the Interdisciplinary Method for the Assessment and Treatment of Chronic Headache (IMATCH) program at the Cleveland Clinic, a program that treats medically complex patients with chronic pain.

Buth-Croes earned her Master of Arts and Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. While in graduate school, Buth-Croes completed training rotations ranging from generalist experiences to health psychology experiences. “During my last year of formal coursework at Argosy University, I was the graduate student Senate president which I enjoyed,” she said. “I was fortunate that I matched at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center in its health psychology track. After my APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship, I accepted a two-year fellowship position with the Cleveland Clinic.”

She is focused on the areas of chronic pain, motivational interviewing and mindfulness. “I have been invited to and spoken at many different functions throughout my career, including grand rounds at the Neurological Institute at Cleveland Clinic,” she added.

She chose Argosy University because the Doctor of Psychology program was APA (American Psychological Association) accredited* and because she respected the faculty. “My [instructors] were wonderful and really helped to shape who I am professionally,” she stated. “They were supportive of my interests in health psychology and they were willing to work with me to meet my needs and passion.”

She added that the education at Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University prepared her well for clinical practice—and her current position as a health psychologist.

Buth-Croes is proud to have been awarded grant money for a study in which she’s the principal investigator. “I developed mindfulness group intervention for the treatment of fibromyalgia and completed a study examining the use of this protocol and patient engagement,” she said. “I will be submitting it for publication this summer.”

She advises current students to take risks, be willing to go outside of comfort zones and find a balance between school and life. “Finding the balance between coursework, home life and work life was difficult,” she stated. “I think practicing good time management was key.”

In addition to her work at the Cleveland Clinic, Buth-Croes is active in the American Psychological Association Division 38, Health Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) Early Entry Registrant and the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM).

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