Dr. Michael Geisser

Michael E. Geisser, PhD

Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Adult Clinical Psychologist


Michael E. Geisser is a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has over 20 years of experience in treating persons with acute and chronic pain, has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and six book chapters related to pain treatment, mechanisms associated with pain, and psychosocial influences on the experience of pain. He is on the Editorial Boards of three major pain journals, and has received extramural funding from NIH, the Department of Defense, and industry to assist in conducting his research. He is a Past President of the Midwest Pain Society, and former Co-Chair of the Psychosocial Research Special Interest Group of the American Pain Society. arch Special Interest Group of the American Pain Society.

Areas of Practice

  • Psychological assessment and treatment of persons with acute and chronic back pain
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic back pain


Medical School or Training

University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical, Clinical Psychology, 1988

Research Interests

The influence of psychosocial factors on the experience of acute and chronic pain, psychophysical assessment of pain, neural abnormalities associated with pain, and treatments for chronic pain and disability.