Megan Kates, Ph.D. was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and moved to the East Coast to pursue her undergraduate degree at Smith College in Massachusetts. She returned to the West Coast in 2000, coming to San Diego to enjoy the warm weather and Pacific Ocean.
Dr. Kates obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University in 2010 where she studied the impact of chronic pain on stress and biopsychosocial interventions for pain and illness. Dr. Kates has worked with medical patients throughout her career working from the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy framework and using techniques such as mindfulness and biofeedback to increase her patient’s capacity to heal and thrive in spite of their pain.
At ROC Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Center, Dr. Kates provides individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as psychological evaluations and group and individual treatment through our Multidisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation Program. She works with our entire team of providers to ensure patients are provided with the tools they need to maximize their functional capacities and improve their lives.