Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Department Chair

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP, Chair, Department of Psychology

First Advisor

Don Masey, PsyD

Second Advisor

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP, Chair, Department of Psychology

Third Advisor

David Simons, DO


The current paper examines personality factors of individuals who received an electrical pain intervention called spinal stimulation surgery. The patients suffered from chronic pain and sought a number of medical interventions before being recommended for this advanced surgical procedure. The research suggests that there are a number of personality factors that are related to success and failure with a number of medical procedures. The research on personality factors and spinal stimulation surgery, particularly research using an updated behavioral health inventory, is limited and inconclusive. The Millon Behavioral Medicine Diagnostic is a valid and reliable behavioral health instrument that provides additional information regarding patient coping styles, psychiatric indicators, health behaviors, and treatment prognostics. The focus of this investigation was to develop a prototypical profile of a chronic pain patient using the Millon Behavioral Medicine Diagnostic as well as to determine what personality variables are related to success with spinal stimulation surgery. Two one-way MANOVAs and other statistical techniques were conducted and revealed no significant differences between success and failure groups on the dependent variables of interest.

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