Positions and Employment
1987 – 1988 Research Assistant - University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Psychology
1989 – 1990 Director - Kindergarten Intervention Program (KIP) Los Angeles School Mental Health Services
1990 – 1990 Research Assistant - University of California at Los Angeles, Department of Psychology, Autism Project (NIMH Program Grant)
1990 – 1991 Trainee - San Fernando Valley Child Guidance Clinic
1991 – 1993 Staff Research Associate - UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, Veterans Administration Medical Center-Brentwood Division Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse Research (NIDA R01)
1993 – 1997 Clinical Research Assistant - Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland - Departments of Psychiatry and Hematology
1995 – 1996 Trainee - University of California at Davis - Counseling Center
1996 – 1997 Trainee - California School of Professional Psychology- Psychological Service Center
1999 - 2000 Project Director - Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Research Program-VA San Francisco Health Care System (NIH Program Grant)
2000 - 2001 Project Director - Cancer Pain Research Program-VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VA HRSD)
2002 – 2004 Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California; Psychologist, USC/UAP Mental Health Services, Comfort and Pain Management Program, Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
2004 – 2009 Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics Keck School Medicine, University of Southern California, Departments of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
2009 – Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics Keck School Medicine, University of Southern California, Departments of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
2010 – Grant Reviewer for NIH Study Sections
Jeffrey I. Gold, PhD, is an associate professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. Dr. Gold, a licensed clinical psychologist, is director of the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic within the comprehensive multidisciplinary Comfort, Pain Management and Palliative Care Program in the Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine. He also is the director of the Children's Outcomes, Research, and Evaluation (C.O.R.E.) program, director of the Children's Hospital - Yo San University Pediatric Acupuncture Program, and faculty with the pediatric psychology specialization within the USC University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Gold has specialized in the assessment, treatment, and clinical investigation of acute and chronic pain in children, adolescents, and adults with various chronic medical illnesses, such as sickle cell disease and chronic pain conditions.
Dr. Gold is a NIH-funded clinical researcher examining: 1. The neurobiological basis of virtual reality pain attenuation. 2. Neuropsychological dysfunction and neuroimaging abnormalities in neurologically intact patients with sickle cell disease. 3. Acute stress reactions in children following physical trauma (i.e., motor vehicle accidents), and preoperative anxiety and distress in children.
PRIMARY AREAS OF RESEARCH
Biopsychosocial, neurodevelopmental, and neurobehavioral investigations of acute and chronic pain, chronic illness and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in medically ill children and adolescents. Investigating the role virtual reality (VR) for procedural distress (i.e., pain and anxiety) for children and adolescents. Dr. Gold is actively engaged in the evaluation and utility of complementary and alternative medicine (i.e., virtual reality, massage, acupuncture) for reducing pain, anxiety, psychological distress and increasing comfort and satisfaction in hospitalized children.