The Psychophysiologic Evaluation and Treatment Laboratory (PETL) provides clinical evaluations, treatment, research programs and instruction to trainees in addressing the role of behavior and physiologic concomitants in the etiology of and influences on co-morbid psychiatric and medical conditions such as depression and cardiovascular disease.

PETL offers outpatient assessment and treatment training to clinical psychology graduate students and interns. Lectures made available through seminars for our clinical psychology interns and elective coursework for doctoral clinical psychology students in the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology.

Our research programs focus on molecular genetic and environmental influences on personality, cognitive abilities and lifestyle-related risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Other ongoing research projects involve investigating genetic variation that may link personality traits, psychiatric illness, psychological distress and concomitant physiological reactions to increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

Serina Neumann, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been studying neurobiologic mechanisms that may account for the association between negative affectivity, depression and coronary artery disease.

Dr. Neumann sees a wide variety of patients, mostly adults and older adults, for individual psychotherapy, couples therapy and diagnostic assessments. Cognitive behavioral therapy is provided for problems with:

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • Bereavement
  • Caregiver stress
  • Adjustment to chronic medical issues such as diabetes, end-stage renal disease, congestive heart failure, coronary artery bypass graft surgery recovery and organ transplantation

Stress management, relaxation training, emotion regulation and assertiveness skills are typically part of treatment. Biofeedback therapy and vagal stimulation techniques are also available through this lab. Ongoing consultation and clinical services are provided for EVMS Sleep Medicine as well as Sentara Norfolk General Hospital’s Organ Transplantation Clinic and Heart Hospital.

Dr. Neumann welcomes referrals from primary care physicians, cardiologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, rehabilitation specialists and other professionals, as well as direct contact from patients and their families. Please call 757.446.5888 to talk to a staff member or make an appointment.