Brenda Loren, PhD, has been a clinical psychologist at UC Physicians in the Department of Neurology since 2012. Dr. Loren came to UC Physicians from UC Health’s Drake Center where, for five years, she was a clinical psychologist specializing in medical psychology. Prior to her career at UC Health she worked at HealthSouth Mountain View Regional Rehabilitation Hospital in Morgantown, WV as a psychology manager and a staff psychologist. She has also held positions such as clinical assistant professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, clinical psychologist and co-founder of the Cognitive and Behavior Therapy Center of Wilmington in North Carolina, and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Dr. Loren was recognized as Clinician of the Year at HealthSouth Mountain View Regional Rehabilitation Hospital and was a member of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society at Kent State. She has also been on the planning committee for the Ohio Psychological Association’s Union of Psychology and Spirituality conference for three years.
Dr. Loren’s entire career has involved the interplay of mind and body, recognizing that mental and physical health affect each other, and that both must be addressed to achieve good health and quality of life. Her training, expertise and experience allow her to effectively work with physicians and other health care providers to optimize recovery and rehabilitation after serious injury and illness. Dr. Loren provides coping skills training to improve an individual’s ability to cope with the stress of life altering illnesses or injuries and chronic medical conditions. She also offers cognitive behavior therapy for the treatment of anxiety and depression. She works with patients’ families and caregivers to improve coping with the stress of caring for seriously ill or disabled loved ones. Dr. Loren believes that a person’s spirituality can enhance coping, and is willing to sensitively incorporate a person’s own spirituality into psychotherapy, if desired.