Steven D. Hickman, Psy.D.
Asst. Clin. Professor of Psychiatry
PHONE #: (619) 543-6470
FAX #: (619) 543-3738
Dr. Hickman is a graduate of the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), San Diego Campus and has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry since 2002. Primarily a clinician, Dr. Hickman works within the Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Medicine service focusing his efforts on the psychological aspects of medical illness. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Hickman supervises clinical psychology trainees in the area of behavioral medicine. He is also an Adjunct Professor at CSPP at Alliant International University, where he teaches courses in psychological assessment and psychotherapy, as well as mentoring student dissertation research.
Dr. Hickman is primarily a clinician, but is involved in clinical research on the topics of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and the role of mindfulness in perception of pain, coping with chronic pain and illness, and ways in which clinical psychology can facilitate and enhance treatment of serious medical illness like cancer.
As noted above, Dr. Hickman works almost exclusively with patients whose primary concern revolves around chronic and/or life-threatening medical illness. His particular specialty is in teaching courses in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to patients suffering with these conditions (as well as people dealing with anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses). Mindfulness is a particularly fast-growing (and well-researched) aspect of psychology based upon the practice of meditation and present-moment awareness as a way of coping, healing and living with the challenges and opportunities of daily life. Dr. Hickman incorporates aspects of mindfulness and acceptance into his work with groups of patients, as well as in individual psychotherapy.