Shilagh Mirgain, PhD, is a Senior Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. She received her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Clinical and Community Psychology, completed her clinical internship at the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry and her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University Department of Psychiatry. She is a sought after public speaker, leader, and clinical psychologist.
Dr Mirgain is a frequent contributor to WMTV News in Madison, speaking on health, wellness, and peak performance. Often called on to represent University of Wisconsin-Madison in the media, she writes and speaks on mind-body skills to foster optimal health. She provides public education through UW’s Active Hearts, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, and UW’s Active Living and Learning series. As a mentor and lecturer, she offers support and didactic training to interns, residents, faculty and staff, and state-wide organizations, and is a regular presenter at national conferences. She also serves on the faculty for the UW Annual Comprehensive Pain Board Review Symposium.
Grant awards and program development have included the Interdisciplinary Neck Pain Program and the Shared Medical Appointment for Chronic Low Back Pain, state of the art pilot treatment programs for patients. As an integral part of the Mindfulness Meditation for Health research grant project, she has led mindfulness meditation interventions, as well as developed a manual for use with chronic pain populations.
In her practice, Dr. Mirgain uses both individual and group formats to provide innovative and cost effective programming for patients with a variety of medical conditions and adjustment issues. She also developed the sports psychology program in the University of Wisconsin system, offering services for injury rehabilitation and peak performance training to athletes. She is one of the sports psychologists to the UW Badger athletes. Her areas of expertise include cognitive behavioral interventions, hypnosis, acceptance and commitment therapy, forgiveness and compassion, and mindfulness meditation, as well as mind-body skills training. Dr. Mirgain is certified in Clinical Hypnosis by the American Association for Clinical Hypnosis.