Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

This evidence based practice course on headache provides practical and evidence-based practice guidance on headache. It includes information on the diagnosis, identification, conceptualization, and treatment of headaches.

Course Format

This course is based on a book that can be purchased here and a posttest. When you’re ready, purchase the test by clicking the “Add To Cart” or “Enroll” button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the symptoms of headache
  • Discuss theories of headache
  • Explain behavioral treatment of headache
  • Identify the most common headache trigger

Course Syllabus

  • Description
  • Theories and Models of headache
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Indications
  • Treatment


Todd Smitherman, PhD, FAHS

Todd A. Smitherman, PhD, FAHS, is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Behavioral Medicine in the
Department of Psychology at the University of Mississippi and has published extensively on psychiatric comorbidities
and other behavioral issues in headache disorders. Dr. Smitherman serves as Associate Editor for the journal
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, is a Fellow of the American Headache Society and Chair of its Behavioral
Issues Section.

Timothy T. Houle, PhD

Timothy T. Houle; PhD, is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurology at Wake Forest School of Medicine
in Winston-Salem, NC. He has published numerous articles and book chapters addressing chronic pain and the
triggers of headache. He is a Statistical Consultant for the journal Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain and
Statistical Editor for the journal Anesthesiology.

R.A. Nicholson

Robert A. Nicholson, PhD, FAHS, is Director of Research for Mercy Health System and Director of Behavioral Medicine at Mercy Health Research and Mercy Clinic Headache Center. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology (specializing in behavioral medicine) at Virginia Commonwealth University and completed a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral research fellowship at Brown University Medical School. His research and clinical focus is on the use of maximally effective patient communication strategies for prevention and management of migraine and integrating patient reports into optimal migraine treatment design. He has received This document is for personal use only. Reproduction or distribution is not permitted. From T. A. Smitherman et al.: Headache (ISBN 9781616763282) © 2015 Hogrefe Publishing. grants from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Cancer Institute, the National Headache Foundation, Saint Louis University, and the private sector to support his research. Dr. Nicholson has published extensively and made numerous presentations at scientific and professional conferences.

Donald B. Penzien, PhD, FAHS, FSBM

Donald B. Penzien, PhD, FAHS, FSBM, is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Neurology, and Epidemiology and Prevention, and he is Director of Research for the Department of Psychiatry as well as Interim Director for the Center of Integrative Medicine at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. He is widely recognized for his contributions in behavioral medicine—particularly headache and chronic/persistent pain research methodologies—and enhancing the accessibility and cost-effectiveness of nonpharmacologic therapies. He is a Fellow of American Headache Society and the Society of Behavioral Medicine with over 175 research articles, book chapters, and books/monographs to his credit.

J.C. Rains

Dr. Rains is Board Certified in Sleep Medicine. She joined the Elliot Hospital staff in 1997 and has been serving as Clinical Director to the Elliot Center for Sleep Evaluation since that time. Dr. Rains received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arkansas and her Residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

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