Health Psychology Practitioner's Toolbox

This page is intended to provide medical psychologists with useful tools for practicing their trade.

More useful tools are in the works, and will be posted here when they become available.

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Free Online Evidence-Based Treatment Databases

Introduction to Evidence-Based Treatment

Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T

Cochrane Behavioral Medicine

Cochrane Abstracts

DARE (Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects)

National Guidelines Clearing House


  • Search 19 million MEDLINE articles (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
  • PubMed Central: Free access to many journal articles, including the full text of all articles in the Journal of Biopsychosocial Medicine
  • PubMed Journals: A list of all journals index by PubMed, and their correct abbreviations

    Trip Database of Evidence Based Medicine

    Colorado Evidence Based Treatment Guidelines "Biopsychosocial Laws"

    The Colorado treatment guidelines are the most extensive medical treatment guidelines develped by any state. These guidelines have been very influential, and parts have been adopted by several other states and guidelines. These guidelines were developed using rules of evidence based medicine, and have a strong biopsychosocial orientation. (These are not the official guidelines, which are updated from time to time, and which can be found at

    Back Injury

    Chronic Pain

    Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome

    Cummulative Trauma

    Leg and Foot Injury

    Neck Injury

    Shoulder Injury

    Thoracic Outlet Disorder

    Traumatic Brain Injury

    Psychological Tests For Medical Patients

    Other Treatment Guidelines

    Presurgical/Pretreatment Psychological Evaluations

    Presurgical Psychological Evaluation Information Page

    Information about:

    • The science of selecting medical patients who are good candidates for spinal surgery, spinal cord stimulators, and implantable pain delivery systems
    • Predicting patient satisfaction with medical procedures
    • Information about cost savings
    • Free webinars
    • CE Credits

    Webinars and CE Training:

    The Psychlological Evaluation of Medical Patients

    Visit on YouTube YouTube Channel The website was launched in 1998 in order to disseminate information about the biopsychosocial model, interdisciplinary medical care, and the practice of health psychology. The YouTube channel was launched in 2017 as a means of sharing video content about the same topics. Many of these videos were developed as CME webinars for medical societies.

    On line CE credits for behavioral health offers extensive information about behavioral health matters. The information is free; You pay for the CE credits

    Misc. Documents

    David C. Mohr, PhD, and Darcy Cox, Psy.D. at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Behavioral Medicine Research Center (BMRC), has been shown to be effective in helping people overcome their fears and learn to self-inject

  • What's good to eat?
    • Check out the US Government's Food Pyramid
  • Cognitive Therapy for Chronic Pain
    • What are patients supposed to do, when physicians say there is nothing else that can be done for their pain? Learn to “live with it?” Dr. Beverly Thorn's book begins with this dilemma, and takes the clinician on a step-by-step journey through a therapeutic process.

  • Billing and Coding

    Information on H&B Billing For Medical Patients: Resolving Issues with Medical Payors

    Pearson Assessments On Billing For Psychological Testing

    APA On Billing For Psychological Testing

    Value Options Policies On Billing for Psychological Testing

    CFHA Powerpoint Presentation on Billing

    Medicare Billing Information

    Center for Medicare Services On Billing For Psychological Testing 1

    Center for Medicare Services On Billing For Psychological Testing 2

    Search Medicare Info

    Powerpoint: How to use the Medicare search system

    Medicare region map (Medicare policies vary considerably by region. Make sure and check yours)

    Medicare Policy Change Updates

    Medicare Fee Schedule Information

    Medicare Listservs

    Most of the time, payors are operating in good faith, and billing problems are due to a variety of bureaucratic issues. There are exceptions to this, however. Learn how some payors allegedly used bogus data that allowed them to avoid paying what they owe mental health professionals, and why as of 5/28/09, APA sued them.

    Information About Alleged Fraudulent Acts by Insurers

    Audio file of press conference

    Notice of New York Lawsuit

    Info about the California Lawsuit

    Info about the APA Lawsuit