• Joshua C. Klapow is a licensed clinical psychologist and Chief Behavioral Scientist for ChipRewards, a health engagement technology company. He is also an Associate Professor of Public Health at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Klapow is the author of more than 100 professional articles, abstracts, and book chapters in the area of behavioral medicine and health psychology. Dr. Klapow is also the author of “Living SMART: 5 Essential Skills to Change Your Health Habits Forever” a consumer focused book on lifestyle change.

    Dr. Klapow works extensively with local and national media outlets as a Psychological Correspondent. He routinely provides expert commentary in the role of psychological, behavioral and social factors across a broad range of news topics. Dr. Klapow brings psychological insights to topics including health and well-being, mental health, sports, politics, crisis and disaster, parenting, relationships and more. He has made over 800 media appearances across a variety of television and radio outlets. He is regular guest on The Weather Channel, AMHQ, and Weather Underground TV: discussing how weather, climate, emotions and behaviors impact one another.

    On radio, Dr. Klapow is a regular contributor for Cumulus radio 94.5FM WJOX, "The Opening Drive", providing listeners with insights about the psychology of sports. He is also the resident psychologist for Cumulus radio Real Talk 99.5FM WZZR - "The Matt and Aunie Show", where he discusses the intersection between politics, psychology and life.

    He is also the co-host of “Kurre & Klapow Show with Tony Kurre and Dr. Josh Klapow”, on Cumulus radio 99.5FM WZZR. The K & K Show is a live radio show. A new way to get into into the topics that impact us all and rarely get addressed.

    Dr. Klapow is the Lifestyle Performance Coach for the award winning Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat and Health Spa. Mountain Trek was named the top International Destination Spa for 2016 by Travel and Leisure, and rated among the top destination resorts by Conde Naste Traveler and Spafinder.

    He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a specialization in Behavioral Medicine from the University of California, San Diego in 1995. He also completed a fellowship in Geropsychiatry at the University of California, San Diego in 1996.

    Dr. Klapow has a very public persona working with media outlets to disseminate information designed to help the general population improve their overall well-being. That public persona is contrasted with confidential private services for individuals who need tailored guidance and support. It is this combination of public health service and private services that allow Dr. Klapow to “practice what he preaches”.

    Learn more about Dr. Klapow’s performance optimization services by viewing the Performance Optimization Coaching brief. Dr. Klapow also sees a limited number of clients for psychotherapy services. He is a BCBSAL provider however he does not file insurance claims. He can provide an itemized receipt for you to send for reimbursement. For more information or to schedule a coaching or psychotherapy appointment contact Dr. Klapow via email at: askdrjoshk@gmail.com.

    Dr. Klapow's professional progression is featured in a prominent magazine for the Birmingham area, b-Metro. He is described as a TV psychologist, radio-show host, and adjunct associate professor of public health at UAB who takes psychology to the masses.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Identifying a ‘super-responder' phenomenon in three African countries: Implications for prehospital emergency care training 2022
    2015 Mental health consequences of chemical and radiologic emergencies: A systematic reviewEmergency Medicine Clinics of North America.  33:197-211. 2015
    2013 Boosting workplace stair utilization: A study of incremental reinforcementRehabilitation Psychology.  58:81-86. 2013
    2012 Providing general and preconception health care to low income women in family planning settings: Perception of providers and clientsMaternal and Child Health Journal.  16:346-354. 2012
    2011 A randomised controlled trial of written self-disclosure for functional recurrent abdominal pain in youth 2011
    2010 Referral and referral facilitation behavior of family planning providers for women with HIV infection in the Southern United StatesJournal of Women's Health.  19:1385-1391. 2010
    2009 Family planning provider referral, facilitation behavior, and patient follow-up for abnormal Pap smearsPublic Health Reports.  124:733-744. 2009
    2006 Improvement in gastrointestinal symptoms and quality of life after cholecystectomy 2006
    2005 Cluster analysis and chronic pain: An empirical classification of pain subgroups in a spinal cord injury sampleRehabilitation Psychology.  50:381-388. 2005
    2005 Randomized pilot of a self-guided Internet coping group for women with early-stage breast cancerAnnals of Behavioral Medicine.  30:54-64. 2005
    2005 The necessity of routine clinic follow-up visits after third molar removalJournal of oral surgery, anesthesia, and hospital dental service.  63:1278-1282. 2005
    2004 A new look at an old controversy: PPIs versus anti-reflux surgery in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and severe esophagitisEvidence-Based Gastroenterology.  5:108-109. 2004
    2004 Use of the Internet for information and support: Disclosure among persons with breast and prostate cancerJournal of Behavioral Medicine.  27:491-505. 2004
    2004 Re-examination of the cost-effectiveness of surgical versus medical therapy in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease: The value of long-term data collectionAmerican Journal of Gastroenterology.  99:1023-1028. 2004
    2004 Improving the effectiveness of adjuvant psychological treatment for women with breast cancer: The feasibility of providing online support 2004
    2004 Personal characteristics, health status, physical activity, and quality of life in cardiac rehabilitation participantsInternational Journal of Nursing Studies.  41:173-181. 2004
    2003 Incomplete response to endoscopic sphincterotomy in patients with sphincter of Oddi dysfunction: Evidence for a chronic pain disorderAmerican Journal of Gastroenterology.  98:1738-1743. 2003
    2003 Differing symptoms of abused versus nonabused women in obstetric-gynecology settingsAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  188:707-713. 2003
    2003 Characterization of long-term outcomes after Toupet fundoplication [1] (multiple letters)Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology.  36:182-183. 2003
    2002 Psychological disorders and distress in older primary care patients: A comparison of older and younger samplesPsychosomatic Medicine.  64:635-643. 2002
    2002 Characterization of long-term outcomes after Toupet fundoplication: Symptoms, medication use, and health statusJournal of Clinical Gastroenterology.  34:509-515. 2002
    2001 Psychosocial interventions for cancer: Review and analysis using a three-tiered outcomes model 2001
    2001 Symptom management in older primary care patients: Feasibility of an experimental, written self-disclosure protocolAnnals of Internal Medicine.  134:905-911. 2001
    2001 Symptom management in older primary care patients: feasibility of an experimental, written self-disclosure protocol.ACP journal club.  134:905-911. 2001
    2001 Survey of primary care physicians' approach to gastroesophageal reflux disease in elderly patients 2001
    2000 Evaluating the relationship between pain presentation and health-related quality of life in outpatients with metastatic or recurrent neoplastic diseaseQuality of Life Research.  9:855-863. 2000
    2000 Health-related quality of life and virologic outcomes in an HIV clinicQuality of Life Research.  9:977-985. 2000
    2000 What is heartburn worth? A cost-utility analysis of management strategiesJournal of General Internal Medicine.  15:175-182. 2000
    1999 Disease-specific and generic health outcomes: A model for the evaluation of long-term intrathecal opioid therapy in noncancer low back pain patientsClinical Journal of Pain.  15:122-131. 1999
    1999 An intervention to increase physicians' use of adherence-enhancing strategies in managing hypercholesterolemic patientsAcademic Medicine.  74:1334-1339. 1999
    1998 Correlates of functional status in older patients with schizophreniaPsychiatry Research.  80:41-52. 1998
    1998 Erratum: Symptoms, medication use, and health status following laparoscopic nissen fundoplication (LNF): Empirical validation of cost- effectiveness model assumptions (Medical Decision Making (1997) 17 (532))Medical Decision Making.  18:162. 1998
    1998 Moving behavioral medicine to the front line: A model for the integration of behavioral and medical sciences in primary careProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice.  29:230-236. 1998
    1998 Using a combined cme course to improve physicians’ skills in eliciting patient adherenceAcademic Medicine.  73:609-610. 1998
    1997 One-year follow-up of first onset low back painPain.  73:213-221. 1997
    1997 Direct assessment of functional status in older patients with schizophreniaAmerican Journal of Psychiatry.  154:1022-1024. 1997
    1997 Psychological evaluation in spinal cord stimulation therapyPain Reviews.  4:189-207. 1997
    1997 Rehabilitation psychology in primary care: Preparing for a changing health care environmentRehabilitation Psychology.  42:325-335. 1997
    1997 Training Psychologists for a Future in Evolving Health Care Delivery Systems: Building a Better Boulder ModelJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.  4:255-267. 1997
    1996 Hypnosis as an Adjunct to Medical Care in the Management of Burger's Disease: A Case ReportAmerican Journal of Clinical Hypnosis.  38:271-276. 1996
    1995 Psychosocial factors discriminate multidimensional clinical groups of chronic low back pain patientsPain.  62:349-355. 1995
    1993 An empirical evaluation of multidimensional clinical outcome in chronic low back pain patientsPain.  55:107-118. 1993
    1993 Significance, non-significance - who has found significance?Pain.  54:231-232. 1993
    1992 When a 'significant' correlation and a 'non-significant' correlation are not significantly differentPain.  50:129-131. 1992


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    2005 The Relevance of Health Policy to the Future of Clinical Health Psychology.  547-561. 2005

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, California State University System : San Diego State University 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of California System : Los Angeles 1990
  • Full Name

  • Joshua Klapow