Martin Deschner, PhD, earned his BS in Psychology from Southern Methodist University in 1974. He worked for one year from 1974 to 1975 as a social services volunteer in Hessisch Lichtenau, Germany. He earned his MA in Counseling Psychology from SMU in 1979. During this time he worked for Tarrant County MHMR as a staff counselor and clinic manager between 1978 and 1980. He graduated from UT Southwestern Medical Center with a PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1989. He worked for Texas Back Institute between 1991 and 1994 as a staff psychologist and program director. Between 1994 and 1996 he worked with Creative Counseling in a private practice capacity, working principally with chronic pain patients. In 1996 and 1997 he worked as Director of Psychological Services for Omega Rehabilitation Centers and Matrix Rehabilitation, Inc., prior to accepting a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, and Anesthesiology and Pain Management at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 1997. . He worked as Director of Psychological Services for The McDermott Center for Pain Management from 1997 to 2006.  Currently, as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, he divides his time between Parkland Outpatient Clinic and Moncrief Cancer Institute in Fort Worth where he provides psychological services to cancer patients and their caregivers.


Undergraduate School
Southern Methodist University (1974), Psychology
Other Post Graduate Training
Southern Methodist University (1979)
Graduate School
Southern Methodist University (1979), Psychology
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1984)
Other Post Graduate Training
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1989)
Graduate School
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1989), Psychology
Medical School
U.T. Southwestern Medical Center (1989)


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Relationship Between Current Depressive Symptoms and Telomere Length in a Large, Multiethnic Sample.
Wignall ND, Deschner M, Evans HM, Brown ES J Clin Psychiatry 2017 Mar
Predictors of Reversion from Mild Cognitive Impairment to Normal Cognition.
Pandya SY, Lacritz LH, Weiner MF, Deschner M, Woon FL Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 2017 43 3-4 204-214
Schocket KG, Gatchel RJ, Stowell AW, Deschner M, Robinson R, Lou L, Whitworth T, Bernstein D Neuromodulation 2008 Oct 11 4 237-248
Biopsychosocial profiles of different pain diagnostic groups
Porter-Moffitt, S., Gatchel, R., Robinson, R., Deschner, M., Posamentier, M., Polatin, P., Lou, L. The Journal of Pain 2006 7 (5) 308-318
A total score for the CERAD neuropsychological battery
Chandler, M., Lacritz, L., Hynan, L., Barnard, G., Allen, M., Deschner, M., Weiner, M., Cullum, M. Neurology 2005 65 102-106
Development of a self-report screening instrument for assessing potential opioid medication misuse in chronic pain patients
Adams, L., Gatchel, R., Robinson R., Polatin, P. Gajraj, N., Deschner, M., Noe, C. Journal of Pain Symptom Management 2004 27(5) 440-459
A prospective one-year outcome study of interdisciplinary chronic pain management: Compromising its efficacy by managed care policies
Robbins, H., Gatchel, R., Noe, C., Gajraj, N., Polatin, P., Deschner, M., Vakharia, A., Adams, L. Anesth. Anal. 2003 97 156-162
A preliminary study of multidimensional pain inventory profile differences in predicting treatment outcomes in a heterogeneous cohort of patients with chronic pain
Gatchel, R., Noe, C., Pulliam, C., Robbins, H., Deschner, M., Gajraj, N., Vakharia, A. The Clinical Journal of Pain 2002 18(3) 139-143
Treatment carve-out practices: their effect on managing pain at an interdisciplinary pain center
Gatchel, R., Noe, C., Gajraj, N., Vakharia, A, Polatin, P, Deschner, M., Pulliam, C. The Journal of Workers Compensation 2001 10 50-63
Screening for problematic prescription opioid use
Robinson, R., Gatchel, R., Polatin P., Deschner, M., Noe, C., Gajraj, N. The Clinical Journal of Pain 2001 17 220-228


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Interdisciplinary Programs: Chronic Pain Management. In Occupational musculoskeletal disorders: Function, Outcomes, & Evidene

Deschner, M. & Polatin, P. (2000). Philadelphia, Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • Dallas Psychological Association
  • Texas Psychological Association