John A. Jerome, PhD
Board Certified: American Board of Forensic Examiners, 1995 and the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists, 1999
Clinical Associate Professor: College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University and Biomechanics Department, Michigan State University.
PhD: Counseling Psychology, Michigan State University, 1978
MS: Rehabilitation Counseling, Michigan State University, 1974
Undergraduate: Michigan State University, 1970
Dr. Jerome joined The Spine Center in 2009 following years in private practice. He and others also created the first pain clinic in Michigan to combine muscle tension biofeedback, pain counseling, physical therapy and pain injections to treat both the pain and the person suffering its effects. He is excited to continue that tradition at The Spine Center. Dr. Jerome has worked as the pain psychologist at several hospitals and medical centers throughout the mid-Michigan region.
Dr. Jerome has been awarded many honors for his years of service, some of which include a Special Tribute from the Ninety-Third Legislature of the State of Michigan in 2006, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Society of Behavioral Medicine in 2004 and the American Osteopathic Association Service Award in 2002. This service award was for his "invaluable contribution in creating a textbook of unparalleled importance." The textbook is The Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine, for which Dr. Jerome is the Behavioral Sciences Section Editor and the author of several chapters on pain and stress management. Dr. Jerome is also the editor for the Basic Science Section for the upcoming 2011 3rd Edition. In addition, Dr. Jerome has authored articles for such publications as "The American Pain Society Journal" and "Spine".
Dr. Jerome believes that chronic pain is its own disease process that imposes severe emotional, physical, economic and social stresses on patients and families. There is no question that continuous pain greatly erodes any chance at a meaningful life. The goal of working with a pain psychologist or pain social worker, when a complete pain cure is not possible, is to reduce and manage the pain, restoring function and quality of life.