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Kamra Mays, Ph.D.

A little information about myself – I am currently the pain psychologist in Division and Rehabilitative Services at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and formerly worked in a similar capacity at Optimal Pain and Wellness. I have had private practice experience since 2008 and was involved in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff from 2003 to 2012. I was the first Arkansas Diversity Delegate (fully funded) to attend the APA State Leadership Conference. My community participation has included a clinical practicum site for psychology trainees, public speaking about Black Minds Matter and Black Pain, a mayoral 5-year appointment to the Parks and Recreation Commission, and School-Based Mental Health Coordinator. My clinical specialty lies in health psychology with expertise in pain management, weight management, tobacco cessation, and sports psychology. My greatest feat was marrying my husband and raising our nine children plus a Chow Chow.