Marian R. Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Clinical Health Psychologist

3550 Parkwood Blvd., Suite 306

Frisco, TX 75034

Phone: (214)618-1451

Fax: (214)618-2102

About Dr. Zimmerman

I take a whole body approach to health and illness with a strong belief that the mind influences the body just as the body influences the mind. Numerous scientific research studies have shown anxiety, depression, worry, and chronic stress can have devastating effects on physical health or exacerbate medical conditions such as insomnia, headaches, chronic pain, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, and many others. Likewise, researchers have also found that when individuals address the emotional aspects of health conditions such as cancer, migraines, fibromyalgia, heart disease, or AIDS they can improve their quality of life and often their physical health. Furthermore, using psychological principles can help people make lasting behavioral changes that can enhance their overall wellness by stopping smoking, increasing medical treatment adherence, and making healthy lifestyle choices. I am passionate about exploring the mind body connection and using it to help people improve their physical functioning, emotional state, and overall health, which I have been doing since 1996.

 

I have a doctorate in Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine from the University of North Texas. I also completed an American Psychological Association accredited internship at the Memphis VA Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee and a postdoctoral fellowship in Psycho-Oncology and Women’s Health at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.The focus of my doctoral studies was on the interaction between mental and physical health and I trained in health care settings that specialized in chronic pain management, sleep disorders, cancer, cardiovascular health, women’s health, trauma, substance dependency, and psychiatric illnesses. I’ve conducted research on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia as well as the relationship between depression and pain. Results from my research have been presented at national conferences and published in peer reviewed publications. Prior to returning to school to pursue my doctorate degree, I earned a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and provided mental health services to individuals coping with multiple life stressors and medical conditions including chronic pain, insomnia, breast cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury, physical disability, and intellectual disability. I would be pleased to use my experience, training, and education to help you achieve your goals and improve your life.