Dr. Jeffrey Gold Professor
Depts of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Keck School of Medicine
Univ. of Southern California

Dr. Jeffrey Gold

Jeffrey I. Gold, PhD, is a Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.

Dr. Gold, a licensed clinical psychologist, is director of the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic within the comprehensive multidisciplinary Pain Management and Palliative Care Program in the Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine. He also is the director of the Children’s Outcomes, Research, and Evaluation (C.O.R.E.) program, director of the Children’s Hospital – Yo San University Pediatric Acupuncture Program, and faculty with the pediatric psychology specialization within the USC University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Dr. Gold is actively engaged in the evaluation and utility of complementary and alternative medicine (i.e., virtual reality, massage, acupuncture) for reducing pain, anxiety, psychological distress and increasing comfort and satisfaction in hospitalized children.

Dr. Gold has specialized in the assessment, treatment, and clinical investigation of acute and chronic pain and other health outcomes (e.g., health-related quality of life, PTSD) in children, adolescents, and adults with various chronic medical illnesses and chronic pain conditions. After graduating with his doctoral degree in clinical psychology (1999), Dr. Gold completed a research fellowship at the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress in Boston and later a clinical post-doctoral fellowship in the Departments of Hematology/Oncology and Psychiatry at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. The following year, he served as the project director for the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Research Program of the VA San Francisco Health Care System.

From June 2000 to October 2001, Dr. Gold was the project director for the Cancer Pain Research Program of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Dr. Gold joined the USC faculty in 2002 and has been serving on Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Institutional Review Board since 2004 and was recently appointed as vice-chair of the IRB. Dr. Gold is an active clinical researcher examining:

  • Acute and chronic pain,
  • Integrative health interventions for pain management; as well Dr. Gold is actively engaged in the evaluation and utility of complementary and alternative medicine (i.e., virtual reality, massage, acupuncture) for reducing pain, anxiety, psychological distress and increasing comfort and satisfaction in hospitalized children,
  • Acute and posttraumatic stress response surrounding medical trauma, and
  • Neurocognitive outcomes in children with chronic medical illness.

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