Fenan Rassu, Ph.D., M.S.

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  • Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Adjustment to Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Rehabilitation Psychology ...read more

Research Interests

increasing initiation, engagement, and completion of psychological treatments for chronic pain; expanding access to mental health care for those living with pain; understanding patients’ perspectives on the mental health care they receive ...read more

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Fenan Rassu, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in pain psychology and behavioral medicine. He treats patients who experience chronic pain, adjustment to illness or disability and other mental health concerns. Dr. Rassu is passionate about patient education and helping patients find the best strategies to cope with pain or chronic illness.

After he obtained his master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from Texas A&M University, Dr. Rassu completed his residency in behavioral medicine and geropsychology research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He continued his training as a postdoctoral fellow in research and clinical pain psychology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 

Dr. Rassu’s research focuses on using psychotherapeutic treatments to improve the mental health and function of patients with chronic health conditions. He has presented his research nationally and internationally, and held teaching and mentoring positions during his time at Texas A&M University.

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  • Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Departments / Divisions



  • Psychology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2022)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Fritz, J.M., Lane, E., Minick, K.I., Bardsley, T., Brennan, G., Rassu, F.S., Wegener, S.T., Skolasky, R.L. Perceptions of telehealth physical therapy among patients with chronic low back pain. Telemed. Reports, 2021; 2(1): 258-263.

You, D.S., Rassu, F.S., Meagher, M.W. Emotion regulation strategies moderate the impact of negative affect induction on alcohol craving in college drinkers: an experimental paradigm. J. Am. Coll. Heal., 2021; 1-9.

Rassu, F.S., Sansgiry, S., Hundt, N.E., Kunik, M.E., & Cully, J.A. Presence of PTSD is associated with clinical and functional impact in Veterans with depression treated in community-based clinics. J. Clin. Psychol. Med. Settings, 2021; 1-10.

Rassu, F.S., McFadden, M., Aaron, R.V., Wegener, S.T., Ephraim, P.L, Lane, E., Brennan, G., Minick, K.I., Fritz, J.M., Skolasky, R.L. The relationship between neighborhood deprivation and perceived changes for pain-related experiences among U.S. patients with chronic low back pain during the COVID19 pandemic. Pain Med., 2021; 22(11): 2550-2565.

Rassu, F.S., Luedke, J.C, Nanavaty, N., Mathur, V.A., Meagher, M.W. Greater mechanical temporal summation of pain in Latinx-americans and the role of adverse life experiences. Pain Reports, 2020; 5(5): e842.

Activities & Honors


  • Research Award, American Psychological Association, 2019
  • Ungerleider/Zimbardo Travel Scholarship, American Psychological Association Science Directorate & American Psychological Foundation
  • 1st Place Research Award, Society for Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science (Division 3), American Psychological Association, 2018
  • Graduate Student Travel Awards, Department of Psychology, Texas A&M University, 2014 - 2018
  • Young Investigator Travel Award, American Pain Society, 2016 - 2019


  • American Psychological Association

    Clinical Psychology, Division 12, Sections 6 and 10; Health Psychology, Division 38; Rehabilitation Psychology, Division 22

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  • International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  • United States Association for the Study of Pain (USASP)

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