Chronic Pain Management Program

Chronic Pain Management Program

Program Overview

Mercer University’s Chronic Pain Management Program (CPMP) in the College of Health Professions is excited to provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) group treatment for chronic pain for Georgia residents at no cost.

These 10-week groups take place on Tuesday evenings and are run by advanced clinical psychology doctoral trainees under the supervision of licensed clinical psychologists with training and expertise in chronic pain.

If you or someone you know has chronic pain and could benefit from this program, please contact us or sign up to receive more information. You may email ( or call (678-954-3355) with questions or fill in your information using this link.


About Us

Gail N. Kemp, PhD, MPH, Program Director
Dr. Kemp, the CPMP Program Director, is a licensed psychologist in Georgia with over a decade of training and experience in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for individuals and groups. She completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University and her graduate training in Public Health and Clinical Psychology at Boston University (BU). Following her time at BU, she completed her clinical internship at Franciscan Children’s in Boston. She has worked with adults, youth, and families in these varied settings, providing evidence-based behavioral health services to diverse populations experiencing myriad psychiatric difficulties. She teaches courses and researches evidence-based practices, focusing on translating research to practice with persons from diverse backgrounds. She has several years of training and experience with CBT for chronic pain and serves as the principal investigator for the CPMP.  She also serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology in the College of Health Professions at Mercer University.

Mary Beth McCullough, PhD, Clinical Supervisor
Dr. McCullough serves as the primary Clinical Supervisor for the CPMP. She is a licensed Psychologist in Georgia, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Over the last decade, she acquired substantial training and expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Chronic Pain. Her clinical aptitude was refined through diverse hospital-based experiences, notably at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Within these settings, she delivered evidence-based interventions tailored for adults, children, and families with pain, chronic medical conditions, and concurrent psychiatric conditions. These experiences further bolstered her capabilities in administering CBT-based chronic pain treatments, particularly for high-risk patients in collaborative interdisciplinary environments.

More recently, she served as a Clinical Supervisor for doctoral students within the Behavioral Medicine and Chronic Pain Clinic at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) program. During her tenure, she guided students in implementing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pain, particularly for adults with chronic pain and comorbid psychiatric conditions. Since her appointment to Mercer University’s faculty in January 2023, she has continued to serve as the clinical supervisor for the Chronic Pain Management Program (CPMP). She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology in the College of Health Professions at Mercer University.


*The Mercer University Chronic Pain Management Program (MU-CPMP) is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,267,867.00 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.