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Michael J Lewandowski, PhD

Michael J. Lewandowski attended the University of Nevada as an undergraduate in the early 1970’s.  It was an athletic scholarship that brought him to Nevada but it was an upper division course in “Personality” (taught by Dr. Paul McReynolds) that shaped his emerging professional life in the field of clinical psychology.

Since completing his Ph.D. in 1990, he has worked exclusively with individuals suffering from chronic medical conditions.  He did his clinical internship at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Reno Nevada.  During his 26-years as a health psychologist specializing in the field of behavioral medicine and chronic pain management he helped in the development of two CARF accredited pain programs in Northern Nevada.

Dr. Lewandowski has conducted, presented, and published original scientific research in the area of chronic pain and has presented at national pain conferences throughout the world.   He recently received the Paul McReynolds Award for Psychological Service for Nevada.

Dr. Lewandowski published the Chronic Pain Care Workbook from New Harbinger (2006) for persons suffering from debilitation pain conditions.   He was principle developer of the Behavioral Assessment of Pain – Medical Stability Quick Screen (BAP-MSQS) and co-developer of the Behavioral Assessment of Pain questionnaire (BAP) which are both utilized in pain management programs around the world.

Dr. Lewandowski served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Psychological Examiners for the State of Nevada (2001 – 2004), is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Nevada Department of Psychiatry, an Adjunct Faculty member of the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada-Reno, a member of the American Pain Society and is a member of the American Psychological Association.




Deacon Schoenberger, PhD

Dr Deacon Schoeberger completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in psychology at California State University, Chico.  He completed his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. While in graduate school, his areas of specialty training were addictions and anxiety disorders. His pre-doctoral internship was at the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center where he received specialized training in psychological assessment, severe mental illness, behavioral medicine and health psychology, eating disorders treatment, chronic disease management, and pain psychology.

Dr Schoenberger’s post-doctoral training was under Dr. Sonny Ruckstuhl. This training included advanced training in child and adolescent treatment, family therapy, and behavioral pediatrics and parent training. He is  am dually-licensed as a psychologist and a drug and alcohol counselor by the State of Nevada.

In his free time, Dr Schoeberger loves to hike the Sierras and Lake Tahoe.