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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.

The Medical Psychology Clinic offers a full range of psychological services with a focus on adults. These include:

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 cognitive impairment, multiple sclerosis, neurodegenerative diseases, chronic migraine, pre-/post-neurostimulation, and congenital disorders.
  • Ages 16+

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
  • Learning Disability
  • Grief/Bereavement

Workshops for:

  • Weight management
  • Other varied educational workshops throughout the year

The Medical Psychology Center is located on the campus of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano in Pavilion I, 4708 Alliance Blvd., Suite 400.

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

Request an Appointment

All Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano insurances are accepted. A physician referral is not required to schedule an appointment. Please call or email us to request an appointment at the center.

Call us at 469.814.4850. Physicians' offices may fax orders to 469.814.5678.

Please include your full name, requested appointment time and phone number in your email.​

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Medical Leadership

Learn more about our team.

Jamile Ashmore, PhD, Clinical Director

Dr. Jamile (Jay) Ashmore is a Clinical Psychologist. He obtained his PhD from The Ohio State University and completed his clinical training at Duke University Medical Center specializing in behavioral medicine. He has over a decade of experience working with individuals struggling with behavioral health problems. His published and ongoing research focuses on the biological, psychological and social aspects of chronic diseases. As a clinical assistant professor at Southern Methodist University he teaches behavior modification courses and advanced clinical skills to doctoral students.

Marie Dahdah, PhD, Neuropsychologist

Dr. Maria Dahdah is a Neuropsychologist. She provides neuropsychological assessment and outpatient therapy services. 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. She completed specialty training in both neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology. She has served as clinical instructor in the Baylor Geriatric Medicine Education Program, and continues to supervise students. Dr. Dahdah’s published and ongoing research examines cognitive, psychological and psycho-social outcomes following traumatic brain injury and neurological compromise. Current research includes application of virtual reality treatment in the neurorehabilitation setting. She is an associate investigator with the North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System.

Dr. Desiré Taylor, Health Psychologist

Prior to joining Baylor Scott & White, she completed her doctoral training at the University of Texas at Austin. She completed training in Health Psychology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System where she worked as a Behavioral Health Consultant in an integrated primary care setting. She is focused on addressing the complex psychosocial issues associated with diseases. In general, her practice is composed of science based diagnostic and therapeutic services aimed at coping with medical illness, health behavior change and motivation enhancement and improving overall health and quality of life. Dr. Taylor’s special interests include the treatment of insomnia and psycho-oncology. She provides both individual and group based treatments. Dr. 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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