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Dr. Mirgain's clinical interests include individual and couples psychotherapy with patients with mood, anxiety disorders and adjustment issues, sport psychology and peak performance training, pre-surgical psychological evaluations, and individual and group treatment of patients with a variety of health problems including pain, headaches, cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes, IBS, hypertension, TMJ and insomnia.


Dr. Mirgain's clinical interventions include cognitive-behavioral approaches to management of health and secondary psychological issues, biofeedback, hypnosis, guided imagery, relaxation training and mindfulness cognitive therapy for stress reduction.


In addition to her work with UW Health Pain Management and Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Dr. Mirgain also see patients in our Health Psychology, Sport Psychology, Integrative Medicine, Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Care, Preventive Cardiology and Performing Arts Medicine programs.


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Research Park Clinic
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Pain Management Clinic
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Research Park Clinic
(608) 263-9638 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
UW Health at The American Center
(608) 440-6566 | (844) 607-4800 | Map

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Psychiatry

Professional Certifications and Education

Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
Fellowship Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA
Internship University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

Dr. Mirgain's research interests are broadly defined within the field of behavioral medicine.


Zgierska AE, Burzinski CA, Cox J, Kloke J, Stegner A, Cook DB, Singles J, Mirgain S, Coe CL, Backonja M.  Mindfulness Meditation and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Intervention Reduces Pain Severity and Sensitivity in Opioid-Treated Chronic Low Back Pain: Pilot Findings from a Randomized Controlled Trial. Pain Medicine. 2016; 0: 1-17.

Zgierska AE, Burzinski CA, Cox J, Kloke J, Singles J, Mirgain S, Stegner A, Cook DB, Backonja M. Mindfulness Meditation-Based Intervention is Feasible, Acceptable and Safe for Chronic Low Back Pain Requiring Long-Term Daily Opioid Therapy. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2016: 22(8): 610-620.

Mirgain, S.A., Cordova, J.V. (2007) Emotion skills and marital health: The association between observed and self-reported emotion skills, intimacy, and marital satisfaction. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 26 (9), 983-1009.

Cordova, J. V., Scott, R. L., Dorian, M., Mirgain, S., Yaeger, D., & Groot, A. (2005). The marriage checkup: A motivational interviewing approach to the promotion of marital health with couples at-risk for relationship deterioration. Behavior Therapy, 36, 301-310.

Cordova, J. V., & Mirgain, S. A. (2004). Social problem solving training with couples. Invited book chapter to appear in Chang, E. C., D’Zurilla, T. J., & Sanna, L. J. (Eds.), Social problem solving: Theory, research, and training. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.