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Email: [email protected]
PhD, Clinical Psychology, UCLA Department of Psychology, 1984
- Health Psychology/Mind-Body Medicine
- Psychological Preparation for and Recovery from Surgery
- Invasive Medical Procedures (inpatient and outpatient care)
- Cancer Patient Advocacy
- Adjunctive Psychological Treatment of:
- Orientation: Phenomenological/Existential/Humanistic
- Treatment Formats:
- Treatment Foci of Particular Interest:
Guided Imagery, Hypnosis and Health Psychology/Mind-Body Medicine (Facilitation of Postoperative Recovery, Symptom Management, Tolerance of Treatment, and Preparation for End of Life through Psychological Interventions), Smoking Cessation, Group Dynamics, Complexity Sciences, Buddhist Psychology, Spirituality and Healing
David A. Rapkin, PhD, has practiced independently as a clinical and health psychologist and as an organizational consultant since 1986. He received his B.A. from Columbia College of Columbia University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA. Dr. Rapkin has held research and clinical faculty positions in the UCLA Department of Surgery, Head and Neck Department, where he is Founding Director of the Mind-Body Medicine Group, and in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, where he has taught Group Relations and Organizational Dynamics and currently gives the Seminar in Clinical Hypnosis. For many years he has offered a Seminar in Psycho-Social Dimensions of Head and Neck Cancer for residents and fellows in the UCLA School of Dentistry/Weintraub Center's Maxillo-Facial Prosthodontics program.
Approaching psychotherapy and health psychology from a Humanistic-Existential-Phenomenological perspective, his clinical work integrates Buddhist Psychology and Philosophy with aspects of the Psychoanalytic-Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioral traditions. Additional influences include Mythography, Somatic Awareness and Somatic Therapies.
Dr. Rapkin has employed and taught Guided Imagery and Clinical Hypnosis for more than thirty years with students at doctoral and post-doctoral levels.
His research interests have included individual differences in coping styles; facilitation of recovery from surgery through psychological and hypnotic preparation; smoking cessation; and developing and evaluating methods for teaching organizational effectiveness.
Dr. Rapkin consults with patients at the 200 UCLA Medical Plaza Building, Suite 550, and in his off-campus office in Beverly Glen (located between West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley). He treats postoperative inpatients at the Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Rapkin or for more information, please call (310) 470-0334 or (310) 825-3422 or e-mail: [email protected]