Dr. Eliza Bigham
Dr. Eliza Bigham
Human Development Department

Office: Craven Hall 6248
Phone: 8092
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San Diego State University Alliant International University, San Diego Cal State San Marcos

INSTITUTION AND LOCATION

DEGREE

GRAD

FIELD OF STUDY


San Diego State University   
B.A.
1997 
Psychology 
California School of Professional Psychology
M.S. 
1999   
Health Psychology
Alliant International University    
Ph.D. 
2003 
Health Psychology
California State University San Marcos 
Postdoctoral 
2006  
Clinical Psychology  







Research Focus

The focus of my research is psychophysiological mechanisms in pain. More specifically, I am interested in the impact of dysfunctional thoughts on behavior (e.g. breathing, bracing, rumination), leading to autonomic dysregulation, setting the stage for, and maintaining, chronic pain.

Current Lab Projects

Abdominal Constriction & Autonomic Regulation

Somatization in Acute and Chronic Pain

Lifelong Exercise and Autonomic Regulation


Books

Current Courses: Applied Research in Human Development
Human Development in Perspective
Prior Courses: Theories in Human Development
Human Development Across the Lifespan
Psychological Testing & Measurement
Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
Stress Management & Biofeedback
General Psychology
Introductory Psychology



NIH Biosketch

A.    Personal Statement

As a licensed clinical health psychologist, I have training and experience, both clinical and academic, in the interactions of biological, psychological, sociological, and cultural factors in health. As a postdoctoral intern at California State University San Marcos, I conducted psychological and educational assessments and provided clinical services in the Office of Disabled Student Services. During this time, I carried out survey research on attitudes and health while teaching psychology courses, including statistics and psychological measurement. Since licensure, I have extended my earlier work on the interactions of psychological and physiological factors in health while teaching senior applied research courses and supervising independent student research. I have also provided clinical assessments of athletes and psychological services for persons with chronic medical conditions. As a clinician, I am familiar with the mechanics of integration of assessment protocols in clinical practice. As an active member of the CSUSM Institutional Review Board (IRB), I have a multidisciplinary understanding of the intricacies of human participant protection. Through both the IRB trainings and application reviews, I am alert to the complications of, and resolutions for, adverse events, deviations from protocol, and data security. As a health psychologist, I am uniquely and keenly aware of the need for patient reported outcome measures to capture the patient's experience, facilitate research by multidisciplinary teams, and serve as a tool for evidence based medicine.

B.    PositionsPositions and Employment

2003-2004  Adjunct Faculty, San Diego Mesa College
2003-2004  Associate Faculty, Mira Costa College
2004 -        Lecturer, Human Development Department, California State University San Marcos
2007-2008  Consultant Psychologist, Intercollegiate Athletics Department, University of California Los Angeles
2009 -        Health Psychologist, Coastal Pain & Spinal Diagnostic Medical Group, Inc.

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

2000 -  Association for Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback
2002 -  California Psychological Association            
2007 -  Member, Social Science Research & Instructional Council Teaching Resources Committee
2008    Beta Reviewer, Firestone Assessment of Violent Thoughts, Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.
2009 -  Member, Education Outreach Committee, Assoc. for Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback

C.    Selected Publications

Publications

Banez, G, Culbert, T. & Bigham, E. (2003).  Childhood Recurrent Abdominal Pain: Integrating Conventional and Alternative Treatments. Biofeedback, 31(1), 23-25.


Bigham, E., Thompson, R. & Scannell, T. (2007). Experiences in Seeking Health Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities. American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Perspectives Journal [Online Journal].


Bigham, E., (2008). Vagal Withdrawal and Recurrent Abdominal Pain. American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Perspectives Journal [Online Journal].

Other Publications (published abstracts and reports)

Bigham, E., Lemke, J., Strack, B., & Gevirtz, R. (2000).  The prevalence of recurrent abdominal pain in children in an after school care program [Abstract]. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 25(4), 260. doi: 10.1023/A:1026411022674


Bigham, E., Holden, J. & Gevirtz, R. (2001).  The Use of Biofeedback in a Medical Setting.  [Abstract].  Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 26(3), 236-237. doi: 10.1023/A:1017323521385


Bigham, E. & Gevirtz, R. (2003).  Heart Rate Variability in Children with Abdominal Pain [Abstract].  Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 28(4), 325-326. doi: 10.1023/A:1027382926103


Bigham, E. (2003). Psychophysiological mechanisms in recurrent abdominal pain, Dissertation Abstracts International, 64(02), 995B. (UMI No. 765326611)


Bigham, E. (2005).  Psychophysiology and Mood Rings [Abstract].  Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 30(4), 417. doi: 10.1007/s10-484-8425-z   


Schmidt, R., Sharghi, L., & Bigham, E. (2007). Social Stressor's Impact on Heart Rate Variaiblity [Abstract]. Proceedings of the 2007 Nu Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu Research Conference, 19.


Bigham, E. (2008). Sex, Love, & Intimate Relationships independent study continuing education course for psychologists. Commissioned by American Psychological Association.


Bigham, E. (2008). Psychophysiological Mechanisms in Recurrent Abdominal Pain:  An examination of autonomic regulation. Saarbrucken, Germany, VDM Publishing House Ltd.


Bigham, E. (2009). Anxiety and Vagal Activity in Recurrent Pain. [Abstract]. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 34(4).


Bigham, E., Whatoff, T., & Alva, G. (2009). Vagal Withdrawal Theory. [Abstract]. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 34(4).


Bigham, E. (in press). Test review of the Sensory Profile School Companion. In K. F. Geisinger, R. A. Spies, & J. F. Carlson (Eds.), The eighteenth mental measurements yearbook. Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.


Bigham, E. (in press). Test review of the EWE Employee Wellness Evaluation. In K. F. Geisinger, R. A. Spies, & J. F. Carlson (Eds.), The eighteenth mental measurements yearbook. Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.

Presentations (health related)

Durham-Bigham, E., Thomas, J., & Riley, E. (1996).  One day of alcohol exposure during brain growth spurt in rats produces behavioral deficits and neuronal loss.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Seattle, WA.   


Durham-Bigham, E., Khufu, M., & Reilly, J. (1997).  Emotional Affect in Infants with Down Syndrome.  Poster presented at the Psi Chi Undergraduate Conference at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.   


Bigham, E., Lemke, J., Strack, B., & Gevirtz, R. (2000).  The prevalence of recurrent abdominal pain in children in an after school care program. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Denver, CO.    


Bigham, E., Holden, J. & Gevirtz, R. (2001).  The Use of Biofeedback in a Medical Setting.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Raleigh-Durham, NC.  

 
Bigham, E. & Shapiro, W. (2001) Psychophysiological Mechanisms in Recurrent Abdominal Pain (RAP) in Children, Presentation to Physicians in the Kaiser Permanente Physicians Group, San Diego, CA.


Bigham, E. & Shapiro, W. (2001) Recurrent Abdominal Pain Biofeedback Treatment Program, Presentation to Physicians in the Childrens Hospital Physicians Group, San Diego, CA   


Bigham, E. & Gevirtz, R. (2002).  Biofeedback for the treatment of recurrent abdominal pain.  In E.J. Bigham (moderator), Biofeedback and Gastrointestinal Disorders.  Organized and participated in symposium at the annual meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Las Vegas, NV.   


Bigham, E. & Gevirtz, R. (2003).  Heart Rate Variability in Children with Abdominal Pain.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Jacksonville, FL.   


Bigham, E., Humphreys, C., & Flak, S. (2003).  Confidence in Headache Pain Beliefs and Treatment Choices.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Biofeedback Society of California, Irvine, CA.   


Bigham, E. and Barnes, I. (2004).  A Survey of Beliefs About Headache Pain and Treatments. Poster presented at the annual CSUSM Psychology Student Research Fair, San Marcos, CA.    


Bigham, E., Fitzgerald, J. & Young, J. (2006). The Importance of Social Support in Healthy Communities. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the California Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.  

  
Chapman, W. & Bigham, E. (2006). Changing Views About Disabled Persons.  Poster presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Palm Springs, CA.    


Gorgueiro, E. & Bigham, E. (2006). Myths of Mental Illness: Addressing the Need for Public Education.  Poster presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Palm Springs, CA.    


Bigham, E. & Scannell, T. (2007). Medical Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities.  Oral paper presented at the Tenth Annual Meeting of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Las Vegas, NV.   


Bigham, E. & Scannell, T. (2007). Experiences in Seeking Health Care for people with Intellectual Disabilities. Oral paper presented at the Tenth Annual Meeting of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Las Vegas, NV.   


Bigham, E. (2007).  Ferdie: A Psychophysiological Awareness Game.  Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the California Psychological Association, Costa Mesa, CA.   


Elie, C. & Bigham, E. (2007). Body Dissatisfaction as a Predictor for Extreme Weight Change Behaviors in Adult Men and Women. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the San Diego Psychological Association, San Diego, CA. 

  
Schmidt, R., Sharghi, L., & Bigham, E. (2007). Social Stressor's Impact on Heart Rate Variaiblity. Poster presented at the Nu Upsilon Research Conference, San Marcos, CA.   


Bigham, E. (2008). Using Interactive and On-Line Modules to Introduce SPSS. Oral paper presented at the Eleventh Annual Meeting of the American Association of Behavioral & Social Sciences, Las Vegas, NV.


Bigham, E. (2008). Vagal Withdrawal and Recurrent Abdominal Pain. Oral paper presented at the Eleventh Annual Meeting of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Las Vegas, NV.   


Gonzalez, G. & Bigham, E. (2008). Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research at California State University San Marcos. Poster presented at the National Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Conference, St. Joseph, MN. 

  
Bigham, E. (2008). Psychophysiology of Pain. Presentation at the Loihi Campus Colloquium, Argosy University, Honolulu, HI.  

Bigham, E. (2009). Anxiety and Vagal Activity in Recurrent Pain. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Albuquerque, NM.   


Bigham, E. & Witzke, K. (2009). Vagal Withdrawal Theory. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Albuquerque, NM.   


Bigham, E. (2009). Mind-Body Techniques for Chronic Pain. Scripps Memorial Hospital Lecture Series, Scripps Conference Center, Encinitas, CA.     

Published Instructional Materials (Commissioned and Distributed):

Bigham, E. (2006). Introduction to SPSS: Module 1 - Preparing for Analysis. Module published as a teaching resource for CSUSM, College of Arts & Sciences at http://prawn.csusm.edu/Mediasite/Catalog/

Bigham, E. (2006). Introduction to SPSS: Module 2 - Working with Variables. Module published as a teaching resource for CSUSM, College of Arts & Sciences at http://prawn.csusm.edu/Mediasite/Catalog/


Bigham, E. (2006). Introduction to SPSS: Module 3 - Descriptive Statistics. Module published as a teaching resource for CSUSM, College of Arts & Sciences at http://prawn.csusm.edu/Mediasite/Catalog/


Bigham, E. (2006). Introduction to SPSS: Module 4 - Correlation and Regression. Module published as a teaching resource for CSUSM, College of Arts & Sciences at http://prawn.csusm.edu/Mediasite/Catalog/


Bigham, E. (2006). Introduction to SPSS: Module 5 - Chi Square. Module published as a teaching resource for CSUSM, College of Arts & Sciences at  http://prawn.csusm.edu/Mediasite/Catalog/


Bigham, E. (2006). Introduction to SPSS: Module 6 - t Test and ANOVA. Module published as a teaching resource for CSUSM, College of Arts & Sciences at  http://prawn.csusm.edu/Mediasite/Catalog/


Bigham, E. (2007). SPSS: Interactive Introduction to SPSS Statistical Software. Module commissioned and published as a Teaching Resource on the Social Science Research and Instructional Council website maintained by San Francisco State University. http://www.ssric.org/trd/modules/spss


Bigham, E. (2008). Sex, Love, & Intimate Relationships independent study continuing education course for psychologists. Commissioned by American Psychological Association.


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