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Abbie Beacham, Ph.D.

Director of Clinical Training


Office: NC 5008D

Office Phone: 303-556-3452

Fax: 303-556-3520

E-mail: abbie.beacham@ucdenver.edu

​Dr. Beacham's research interests include development and implementation of brief, evidence-based interventions in primary care and specialty medical settings addressing factors related to management of chronic medical conditions (e.g., chronic pain) and health behavior change. Her clinical orientation is Cognitive-Behavioral and "Third Wave" Behavioral approaches to intervention. She also has a master's degree in Physical Education/Exercise Science, which informs her work in health(y) behavior adoption and maintenance.

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2000-2002, University of Kentucky College of Medicine Department of Behavioral Science, Department of Defense (DOD) funded: Fatigue and Breast Cancer Research, Lexington, KY
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, 2000, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Predoctoral Internship, Clinical and Health Psychology, 1999-2000, University of Florida Health Sciences Center, Gainesville, Florida
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology, 1995, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

*Denotes student author

Beacham, A.O., Stetson, B.A., *Braekkan, K.C., Rothschild, C.L., Herbst, A. & Linfield, K. Causal Attributions Regarding Personal Exercise Goal Attainment in Exerciser Schematics and Aschematics (In press). International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Binkley, C.J., Beacham, A., Neace, W., Gregg, R., Liem, E., & Sessler, D. (2009). Red Hair Color and Anxiety Sensitivity are Associated with Dental Fear, Fear of Local Anesthesia, and Avoidance of Dental Care. Journal of American Dental Association, 140 (7).

Andrykowski, M.A., Beacham, A.O. & Jacobsen, P. (2007). Prospective, Longitudinal Study of Leisure Time Exercise in Women with Early Stage Breast Cancer. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, 16, 430-438.

Andrykowski, M.A., Beacham, A.O., Schmidt, J.E. & Harper, F. (2006). Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior to Understanding Physical and Psychosocial Health Behaviors after Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Psycho-Oncology, 15, 759-771.

Stetson, B.A., Beacham, A.O., Frommelt, S., Boutelle, K., Cole, J., Looney, S., and Ziegler, M.A. (2005). Exercise Lapse in High-Risk-Situations in Long-Term Exercisers: An Application of the Relapse Prevention Model. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 30 (1), 25-35

Beacham, A.O., Carpenter, J.S., & Andrykowski, M.A. (2004). Impact of Benign Breast Biospy upon Breast Self-examination. Preventive Medicine, 38(6), 723-731.

Beacham, A.O., Stetson, B.A., Johnson, L. R., Adams, K. J., Looney, S. & Burgard, M. A. (2003). The Gap Between Clinical Trial and Application in Health Behavior Counseling: Can Behavioral Medicine Build a Bridge? Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings , 10 (4), 239-249.

​ *Bierenbaum, M. L., Beacham, A.O. (Panel Moderator), Collins, F., Ong,

J., Hsu, J., Spirito, A., & King, A. Roadmaps for success in behavioral medicine and health psychology: A guide for students. Panel discussion at the 43rd Annual Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies Conference, November 2009, New York, NY.

Beacham, A., Crafton, K.T., Thomas, A.M., *Herbst, A., Troop, C., & Katsikas, S.L. Positive affect and anxiety sensitivity predict chronic pain acceptance and experiential avoidance in patients in online support groups. Poster presentation at the 43rd Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, November 2009. New York, NY.

Crafton, K.T., Beacham, A., Katsikas, S.L., Thomas, A.M., & Threlkeld, B. Patterns and predictors of healthcare utilization in chronic pain patients active in online support groups. Poster presentation at the 43rd Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, November 2009. New York, NY.

Thomas, A.M., Beacham, A., Threlkeld, B., Crafton, K.T., & Katsikas, S.L. Experiential avoidance as a possible "shared mechanism" in post-traumatic stress disorder symptomatology in chronic pain patients. Poster presentation at the 43rd Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, November 2009. New York, NY.

Threlkeld, B., Beacham, A., Thomas, A.M., Crafton, K.T., & Katsikas, S.L. Internet-based data collection with a chronic pain sample utilizing online support vs. more traditional chronic pain samples. Poster presentation at the 43rd Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, November 2009. New York, NY.