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Tan, Gabriel
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Tan, Gabriel

Associate Professor

Director, Clinical Psychology Programmes

Ph.D., ABPP

Over 35 years of professional psychology experience as a clinician, researcher, and teacher/trainer/consultant. Fellow, American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology; Diplomats in advanced psychopharmacology and Quantitative EEG; Certification in group psychotherapy, clinical hypnosis, and behavioral medicine; and certified senior fellow in biofeedback (peripheral and EEG or Neurofeedback). Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider (LSOTP). Previous academic appointment: Baylor College of Medicine as associate professor in the departments of Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Clinical Specialisations:

  1. Chronic pain and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)
  2. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies for health and mental health, including clinical hypnosis, biofeedback/neuro-feedback and cranial electrotherapy stimulation
  3. Child, adolescent, family, and group therapies. CBT, psychodynamic, emotion-focused, and strategic approaches to psychotherapy
  4. Personality and projective assessments
  5. Forensic assessments (including neuropsychological/psychological impact of traumas, dementias, accidents and other CNS insults); Assessment and treatment of sex offenders

Research Interests:
  • Pain management: non-pharmacological neuro-modulatory approaches (clinical hypnosis, biofeedback/neurofeedback, cranial electrotherapy stimulation)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)
  • Hypnosis in the management of medical and psychiatric disorders
  • Control appraisal and coping: impact on chronic pain, health, and well being
  • Heart rate variability (HRV) and HRV biofeedback
  • Use of neurofeedback and biofeedback gaming devices in health promotion and disease prevention
Recent/ Representative Publications:
  • Tan G, Teo I, Jensen MP, Anderson KO. (2011)
    Adaptive and Maladaptive Coping/Appraisel and Adjustment to Chronic Pain.
    (In Press), J. of Clinical Pain.
  • Tan G, Rintala DH, Jensen MP, Richards JS, Holmes SA, Parachuri R, Lashgari-Saegh S, Price LR. (2011).
    Efficacy of cranial electrotherapy stimulation for neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury: a multi-site randomized controlled trial with a secondary 6-month open-label phase.
    The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine,34(3), 285-296.
  • Tan G, Dao T, Farmer, L, Sutherland JL Gevirtz R. (2011).
    Heart Rate Variability and Post Traumatic Stress disorder: a Pilot Study.
    Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 36: 27-35. DOI 10.1007/s10484-010-9141-y.