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Behavioral and Psychological Health

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Medical Psychology​​

The Medical Psychology Center at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano provides services that address the complex biopsychosocial issues associated with diseases. Our team is composed of medical psychologists, neuropsychologists, and various other disciplines that work together to serve patients and their healthcare teams.

Medical psychology is a specialized field that treats phy​sical problems by treating the whole person. At the center, we address biological, psychological, behavioral and social problems known to cause or worsen illness and impact quality of life. Neuropsychology specifically identifies brain-related strengths and weaknesses following neurological injury or disease, as a means of improving cognitive, behavioral, and/or emotional adaptation in day-to-day life.

The Medical Psychology Center provides science-based diagnostic and therapeutic services aimed at helping patients develop strategies for coping with illness and functional disability, improving health, enhancing quality of life, and overcoming emotional problems. We take an integrated approach, working with your healthcare team to guide treatment planning. This leads to better health outcomes.

Workshops for:

  • Bariatric surgery weight regain
  • Weight management
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction
  • Other varied educational workshops th​roughout the year

The Medical Psychology Center is located on the camp​us of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano in Pavilion I, 4708 Alliance Blvd., Suite 400, in the Health and Wellness Center.

Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.​​

Evaluations and Treatments

The Medical Psychology Clinic offers a full range of psychological and neuropsychological services with a focus on adults. Click on Evaluations and Treatments to learn more.

Pre-Surgical Evaluations for:

(Fulfills insurance requirements)

  • Surgical Weight Loss
  • Pain Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery

Neuropsychological Evaluation and Treatment:

  • Differential diagnosis of neurologic injury/impairment
  • Document residual neurocognitive and neurobehavioral deficits
  • Training in research-supported cognitive-behavioral strategies to compensate for areas of difficulty (e.g. memory, attention/concentration, communication, etc.)
  • Adjustment to illness/disability
  • Diagnoses include: concussion/traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumor and/or post chemotherapy/radiation cognitive impairment, multiple sclerosis, neurodegenerative diseases, chronic migraine, pre-/post-neurostimulation, learning challenges, and congenital disorders.
  • Ages 16+

Treatments

Intervention for:

  • Binge or compulsive overeating
  • Coping with chronic illness/disease
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety (panic, phobias, OCD)
  • Stress/Worry
  • Compliance/Adherence to Medical treatment
  • Motivation enhancement
  • Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
  • Brain trauma
  • Work accommodations
  • Grief/Bereavement

Medical Leadership

Learn more about our team.

Jamile Ashmore, PhD Clinical Director

Dr. Jamile (Jay) Ashmore is a board certified Clinical Health Psychologist. He obtained his PhD from The Ohio State University and completed his clinical training at Duke University Medical Center. His published and ongoing research focuses on the biological, psychological and social aspects of chronic diseases. Dr. Ashmore is a member on the American Psychological Association Advisory Steering Committee for Clinical Practice Guideline Development, and he is committed to promoting and providing evidence-based care. As a Clinical Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University Department of Psychology and Texas A&M Health Science Center Department of Medicine he teaches advanced clinical skills to doctoral level students. Dr. Ashmore also serves as the co-chair of the NTX Behavioral Health Council for Baylor Scott & White Health.

Timothy S. Clark, PhD Program Manager/Neuropsychologist

Dr. Timothy Clark is a Clinical Physcologist and Neuropsychologist with a focus on pain management and neuropsychology. He received his PhD from Fuller School of Psychology and completed postdoctoral training in neuropsychology at Madigan Regional Army Medical Center. For 27 years he has been the Program Manager for the interdisciplinary pain team at Baylor University Medical Center including the ICOPe program (Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Outpatient Program) and cares for patients at the Baylor Comprehensive Headache Center. He publishes in the area of clinical treatment outcomes and is a Clinical Assistant Professor for Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

Marie Dahdah, PhD, Neuropsychologist

Dr. Marie Dahdah is a Clinical Neuropsychologist. She provides neurocognitive assessment and outpatient treatment to patients with a variety of neurological conditions. She received her doctorate from Palo Alto University. Dr. Dahdah completed her internship training at the Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Consortium and post-doctoral residency training at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, specializing in both neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology. Dr. Dahdah’s published and ongoing research with Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation (BSWIR) examines neurocognitive, functional, and psychosocial outcomes following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Through her involvement with comparative effectiveness research with the North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, she developed best practice guidelines for neurocognitive rehabilitation of TBI survivors. Her published work also examines the application of virtual reality intervention in the neurorehabilitation setting. She has a continued role in training medical and psychology students. She serves as a member of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano’s Neuroscience Advisory Board, the BSWIR TBI Advisory Council, and multiple TBI special interest groups.

Kimberly Lane, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor

Kimberly Lane is a board-certified Genetic Counselor. She obtained a Master of Science in Animal Genetics at Oklahoma State University and then pursued a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Her areas of interest are in cancer and cardiovascular genetics, but she is trained in all areas of genetic counseling. She is passionate about helping her patients understand their condition including explaining how it occurred at a molecular level. She is empathetic towards those dealing with difficult medical conditions and their family members and provides counseling to those having difficulty coping with their disease.

Desiré Taylor, PhD, Psychologist

Dr. Desiré Taylor is a Clinical Health Psychologist. She completed her doctoral training at the University of Texas at Austin and University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. She is primarily focused on working with individuals who are adjusting or coping with a serious and/or chronic medical condition. She strives to provide personalized and supportive treatment while also addressing the complex psychosocial issues associated with disease. Dr. Taylor’s special interests include the treatment of insomnia and psycho-oncological care. D. Taylor is passionate about integrated approaches to care and seeks to collaborate with referring providers to best address patient needs. She is currently welcoming referrals and is available for medical consultation and provider education.

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