Director, Children's Outcomes, Research, and Evaluation (C.O.R.E.) Program
Director, Pediatric Pain Management Clinic
Attending Physician
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Jeffrey I. Gold, PhD, is a Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics 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 Comfort, 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 has specialized in the assessment, treatment, and clinical investigation of acute and chronic pain in children, adolescents, and adults with various chronic medical illnesses, such as sickle cell disease 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:

  1. Acute and chronic pain,
  2. 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,
  3. Acute and posttraumatic stress response surrounding medical trauma, and
  4. Neurocognitive outcomes in children with chronic medical illness. 

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.

Education

Medical School: 

California School of Professional Psychology-San Francisco

Internship: 

Tufts University School of Medicine/Boston Department of Veterans Affairs Psychology Internship Consortium (APA-accredited)

Residency: 

Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland, Departments of Hematology/Oncology and Psychiatry

Fellowship: 

National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Boston VA Medical Center, Women's Health and Sciences Division

Accomplishments

Certification: 

Licensed Psychologist

Professional Memberships: 

American Psychological Association Society of Pediatric Psychology, American Pain Society, International Society for Traumatic Stress and Studies International Association for the Study of Pain.

Awards: 

Dissertation Award from the Multicultural and Community Division for the Investigation of Ethnic Minorities, California School of Professional Psychology, 1998 

The Saban Research Institute, Clinical Research Academic Career Development Award, 2007

The Founder’s Award presented to the Children Hospital Los Angeles–Heart Touch Project Committee for their compassion, service, and dedication, 2009

Recipient of the University of Southern California Mellon Mentoring Award, 2015

Other Information

Publications: 

Kassam-Adams N, Gold JI, Montaño Z, Kohser KL, Cuadra A, Muñoz C, Armstrong FD (2013)
Development and psychometric evaluation of child acute stress measures in Spanish and English. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26, 1-9. PMID: 23371337 

Epstein D, Unger JB, Ornelas B, Chang JC, Markovitz BP, Moromisato DY, Dodek PM, Heylan DK, Gold JI(2013) Psychometric Evaluation of a Modified Version of the Family Satisfaction in the ICU Survey in Parents/Caregivers of Critically Ill Children, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. PMID: 23863815

Nelson LP, Gold JI (2012) Medical Trauma: A review of pediatric trauma and the PICU. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 13, 338-347. PMID: 21798710

Mahrer NE, Montaño Z, Gold JI (2012) Relations between Anxiety Sensitivity, Somatization, and Health-Related Quality of Life in Children with Chronic Pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37, 808-816. PMID: 22493024

Gold JI, Douglas MM, Thomas ML, Elliott JE, Rao S, Miaskowski C (2012) The Relationship Between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,Mood States, Functional Status, and Quality of Life in Oncology Outpatients. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. PMID: 22743157

O’Callaghan E, Gold JI (2012) Pica in two children with sickle cell disease: Two case reports. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. PMID: 22917881

Menteer JD, Beas VN, Chang JC, Reed K, Gold JI (2012) Mood and health-related quality of life among pediatric patients with heart failure. Pediatric Cardiology. PMID: 22956059

Yuan HC, Sohn EY, Abou-Ezzeddine T, Mahrer NE, Barber B, Keens TG, Davidson Ward SL, Gold JI (2012) Neurocognitive Functioning in Children with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome: A pilot study of Positive Airway Pressure Therapy. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 27, 607-613. PMID: 23101726

Claudius I, Mahrer N, Nager AL, Gold JI (2012) Occult Psychosocial Impairment in a Pediatric Emergency Department Population. Pediatric Emergency Care. PMID: 23187992

Li A, Montaño Z, Chen VJ, Gold JI (2011) Virtual Reality and Pain Management: Current Trends and Future Directions. Pain Management, 1, 147-157. PMID: 21779307

Li A, Montaño Z, Chen VJ, Gold JI (2011) Virtual Reality and Pain Management: Current Trends and Future Directions. Pain Management, 1, 147-157. PMID: 21779307

Gold JI, Mahrer NE, Ye J, Palermo TM (2009) Pain, fatigue and health-related quality of life in children and adolescents with chronic pain. Clinical Journal of Pain, 25, 407-412. PMID: 19454874

Gold JI, Belmont KA, Thomas D (2007) The Neurobiology of Virtual Reality Pain Attenuation.CyberPsychology & Behavior, 10, 536-544. PMID: 17711362

Gold JI, Kim SH, Kant AJ, Joseph MH, Rizzo A (2006) Effectiveness of virtual reality for pediatric pain distraction during IV placement. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 9, 207-212. PMID: 16640481

 

 

Research Interests: 

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Research Focus

The Biobehavioral Pain Laboratory research is focused on children and adolescents who are evaluated and treated at the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic for chronic pain and other concomitant chronic diseases, such as cancer, obesity and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. We examine and identify neurobiological mechanistic aspects of pain attenuation, the impact of stress and chronic pain on childhood outcomes and interventions that decrease pain and improve overall pediatric/adolescent health outcomes.

Goals

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  • To understand and examine unconventional medicinal treatments, which are safe and cost-effective to alleviate acute and chronic pain in medically ill children and adolescents.
  • To improve infant, child and adolescent health by conducting state-of-the-art pediatric health outcomes research.

Leading-edge Technology Used

  • Virtual reality
  • Neuroimaging techniques

Research Topics 

Development of a Transdisciplinary USC Center for Integrative Health Research and Education

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  • Chronic pain and quality of life
  • Virtual reality, pain management and neuroimaging
  • Chronic illness and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in medically ill children and adolescents
  • Clinical trials investigating pharmacological interventions for chronic pain

Children’s Outcomes, Research and Evaluation (CORE) Program

  • Impacting clinical practices and health care policy by demonstrating how medical decisions affect critically ill children and adolescents.

Complementary alternative medicine (CAM)

  • Acupuncture treatment
  • Biofeedback treatment
  • Massage treatment

Research Team

 

Current Funding

1. National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Drug Addiction (NIDA) Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards (CEBRA)
“Virtual Reality Analgesia: Using fMRI to explore the central mechanisms of VR’s effect on experimentally induced pain in healthy adolescents.” 

2. NIH Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHBLI) Comprehensive Sickle Cell Centers - NHLBI Clinical Trials Consortium
“Neuropsychological dysfunction and neuroimaging abnormalities in neurologically intact adult patients with sickle cell disease: a neuropsychological and neuroimaging investigation of adult patients with sickle cell disease”

3. NIH/National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) 
“Validating a child acute stress measure in English and Spanish” 

4. NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHHD) 
“Improving Pain and Anxiety in Children Undergoing Surgery” 

5. Pfizer Pharmaceutical 
“A 15-Week, Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled Parallel Group Efficacy Study of Pregabalin in Adolescents (12-16 Years Old) with Fibromyalgia”

“A 6-Month, Open-Label, Safety Trial of Pregabalin in Adolescent Patients with Fibromyalgia”

6. University of Southern California – Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Southern California – Clinical Translational Science Institute Los Angeles Basin (SC-CTSI LAB)

“Virtual Reality Analgesia: Using fMRI to explore the central mechanisms of VR’s effect on experimentally induced pain in adolescents with fibromyalgia” 

7. Green Foundation Grant
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – Yo San University Pediatric Acupuncture program 

8. Forest Laboratories
“A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Withdrawal Study to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability, and Efficacy of Milnacipran in Pediatric Patients with Primary Fibromyalgia”

9. Weingart Foundation Grant
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – Yo San University Pediatric Acupuncture program

10. USC Collaboration Fund
Development of a Transdisciplinary USC Center for Integrative Health Research and Education

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