Amir Ramezani, Ph.D.

Amir Ramezani, Ph.D.


Parioperative Psychology

Health Psychology


Pain Psychology




  • Psychologist
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UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building

2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite E
Sacramento, CA 95817
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800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

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Clinical Interests

Dr. Ramezani obtained a dual PhD in Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine at the University of North Texas. He also completed a fellowship in pain psychology at UCSF and a second fellowship in neuropsychology at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience. 

Dr. Ramezani's clinical, education, and research interests include integrating cognitive-behavioral and neuropsychology interventions to improve chronic medical and cognitive conditions, advancing  teaching methods for students and trainees, pre-surgical behavioral preparation, and cultural neurocognition.

Dr. Ramezani has published in the areas of neurocognition, brain imaging, depression, and chronic conditions.  He also teaches residents, fellows, nursing students, and physician assistant students. 

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Amir Ramezani finds great joy in teaching trainees and professionals. He currently teaches primary care physicians, combined internal medicine and psychiatry residents, and medical students. He also enjoys conducting research, clinical and creative writing (e.g., abstract art / inkblot), and he has multiple publications and book chapters in the areas of integrative psychotherapy, advancing teaching methods, management of chronic medical conditions, and neurocognitive functioning. 

Dr. Amir Ramezani is active in multiple professional community and educational leadership roles, including serving as the 2017 President of the Western Association for Neuroscience and Biofeedback (WABN), and Founder and Chair of the Behavioral Medicine and Neuropsychology Section of the Sacramento Valley Psychological Association (SVPA). He also helped develop the UCD University Writing Program's Write-Mind Collaborative, a multi-organization initiative between UCD, SVPA, and WABN, which helps students get mentorship and internships with medical and behavioral health professionals. 


Gastrointestinal Surgery
Foregut and Endometabolic Surgery


Ph.D., Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine, University of North Texas, Denton TX 2008

B.A., California State University - Fullerton, Fullerton CA 2002


Pain Psychology and Neuropsychology, UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 2008-2009

Neuropsychology, UC Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA 2009-2011

Board Certifications

California Board of Psychology, 2011

EEG Biofeedback (BCN), 2007

General Biofeedback (BCB), 2015

Honors and Awards

Leadership Star Award, UC Davis Health, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Department, 2017

Outstanding Leadership, The UNT Eagles Nest and Student Activities, 2005

Presidential Leadership, The UNT International & Multicultural Center, 2005

Research Award, International Society for Neuronal Regulations, 2005

Raupe Award, UNT Toulouse Graduate School, 2003, 2004

Teaching Fellowship, UNT Psychology Department, 2003, 2004

Clinical Traineeship Award,UNT Psychology Department, 2003

Tolerance Award, National Campaign for TOLERANCE, 2004

Select Recent Publications

Wander, L., Prasad, R., Ramezani, A., Malcore, S., & Kern, R. Core Competencies for the Emerging Specialty of Pain Psychology. American Psychologist. 2018 (in press).

McCarron, R. M., Ramezani, A., Koebner, I., & Sheth, S. J. Integrated chronic pain and psychiatric management. In Feinstein, R., Connelly, J.V., Feinstein, M.S., (2017). Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care. Oxford University Press. 2017.

Delgado, C., Singh, N., Ramezani, A., & Reed, M. Pain medicine in the psychiatric patient population. In McCarron, R. M., Xiong, G. L., Keenan, C. R., Nasrahlla, H. A. Study Guide: Preventive medicine in psychiatry. American Psychiatric Association Publishing. 2017.

Ramezani, A. Teaching pain psychology and neuropsychology: What do medical trainees want to learn? Journal of Psychology and Clinical Psychiatry. 2016;6(8), 1-4.

Ramezani, A., Rockers, D. M., Wanlass, R. L., McCarron, R. M. Teaching behavioral medicine professionals and trainees an elaborated version of the Y-Model: Implications for the integration of cognitive -behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, and motivational interviewing. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. 2016;26(4), 407-424.

Stayner, S. R., Ramezani, A., Prasad, R., & Mahajan, G. Chronic Pain Management for Patients with Psychiatric Illness. Current Psychiatry. 2016;15 (2), 27-33.

Ramezani, A., McCarron, R. M., Lashai, B., & Lenaerts, M. E. P. Cognitive, neurological, and psychological aspects of head pain: Applying the biopsychosocial model to care. Current Psychiatry. 2015; 14(9):12-26.

Duff, K. & Ramezani, A. Regression-based normative formulae for the RBANS for older adults. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. 2015; 30(5):1-5.

Thames, A. D., Foley, J. M., Wright, M. J., Panos, S. E., Ettenhofer, M., Ramezani, A., Streiff, V., El-Saden, S., Goodwin, S., Bookheimer, S. Y., Hinkin, C. H. Basal ganglia structures differentially contribute to verbal fluency: evidence from Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-infected adults. Neuropsychologia, 2012;50 (3), 390-395.

Thames, A. Becker, B. W., Marcotte, T., Hines, L., Foley, J., Ramezani, A., Singer, E., Castellon, S. A., Heaton, R., and Hinkin, C. H. Depression, cognition, and self-appraisal of functional abilities in HIV: Examination of subjective appraisal versus objective performance. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 2010;25, 224-243.