Gary R. Elkins, Ph.D.

Gary R. Elkins, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology (Core Clinical Faculty)
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Professor of Psychology

Mind-Body Medicine Research Lab


Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1980

B.A., Henderson State University, 1975


Dr. Gary Elkins' areas of specialization are clinical psychology, health psychology, and hypnotherapy. He is a licensed psychologist and is board certified in Clinical Health Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is also board certified in Psychological Hypnosis by the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis (ABPH). He has served as the President of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and is the president-elect of Division 30 (Society for Psychological Hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association. He is the author of the book, Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy: Principles and Applications. In the past, Dr. Elkins served on the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Dr. Elkins hobbies includes fly fishing and exercise.

Academic Interests and Research

Dr. Elkins areas of research interest is clinical hypnosis and mind-body interventions in women's health care. He recently completed randomized clinical trials of hypnosis for hot flashes among post-menopausal women and breast cancer survivors. Dr. Elkins has a second book forthcoming in 2014 entitled Relief From Hot Flashes: The Natural, Drug-Free Program to Reduce Hot Flashes, Improve Sleep, and Ease Stress from Demos Health Publishing.

Current areas of research include:

  • Hypnosis for hot flashes among breast cancer survivors and post-menopausal women
  • Hypnosis for sleep problems
  • Assessment of hypnotizability
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine in psychotherapy
  • Mediators and moderators of outcomes of mind-body therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Stress Management
  • Health Psychology

Recent Publications

Elkins, G., Johnson, A., Fisher, W.I., Sliwinski, J., & Keith, T. (2013). A pilot investigation of guided self-hypnosis in the treatment of hot flashes among postmenopausal women. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 61 (3), 342-350.

Sliwinski, J., & Elkins, G., (2013). Enhancing placebo effects: Insights from social psychology. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 55 (3), 236-248.

Elkins, G., Fisher, W., Johnson, A., Carpenter, J., & Keith, T. (2013). Clinical hypnosis in the treatment of postmenopausal hot flashes: A randomized controlled trial. Menopause, 20 (3), 291-298.

Elkins, G., Sliwinski, J, Bowers, J., & Encarnacion, E. (2013). Feasibility of clinical hypnosis for the treatment of Parkinson's disease: A case study. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 61 (2), 172-182.

Fisher, W., Johnson, A., Elkins, G., Otte, J., Burns, D., Yu, M., & Carpenter, J. (2013). Risk factors, pathophysiology, and treatment of hot flashes in cancer. CA: Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 63 (3), 167-192.

Fisher, W., Johnson, A., & Elkins, G., (2013). Principal component analysis of a measure of non-pathological dissociation: The Dissociative Ability Scale. Contemporary Hypnosis and Integrative Therapy. 30 (1), 32-41. (Note: This is a British Journal published by Crown House Publishing - not in Pub Med.)

Sliwinski, J., Fisher, W., Johnson, A., & Elkins, G., (2013). Medical hypnosis for pain and psychological distress during burn wound debridement: A critical review. OA: Alternative Medicine, April 1, 1 (1):10. (Note: This is an on-line journal.)

Elkins, G., Johnson, A., Fisher, W.I., & Sliwinski, J. (2013). Efficacy of mind-body therapy on stress reduction in cancer care. In W.C.S Cho (ed.), Evidence-based Non-pharmacological Therapies for Palliative Cancer Care, Evidence-based Anticancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine 4, DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-833-9_7, Springer Science+Business Medica Dordrecht. (Note: This is a book chapter.)

Perfect, M., & Elkins, G. (2013). Hypnotherapy for the treatment of childhood somatiform disorders. In W. Wester & L. Sugarmann (eds.), Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents, 2 edition, Crown House Publishing, London, UK. ISBN-13: 978-1845908737 (note this is a book chapter).

Elkins, G., Johnson, A. & Fisher, W. (2012). Cognitive hypnotherapy for pain management. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 54 (4), 294-310. PMID: 22655332.

Elkins, G., Fisher, W., Johnson, A., Kendrick, C. Koep, L., Bunn, J. & Perfect, M. (2012). Initial development of a brief measure of psychological distress. Psychological Reports,110 (1), 218-226. PMID: 22489387.

Elkins, G., Koep, L.L. & Kendrick, C.E. (2012). Hypnotherapy intervention for loin pain hematuria: A case study. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 60 (1), 110-120. PMID: 22098573.

Elkins, G., Fisher, W., Johnson, A., Sliwinski, J. (2012). Clinical hypnosis for palliative care of cancer patients. Oncology Nurse Edition, 26, 26-30. (Published in on-line journal.)

Grants Funded - Current

Hypnosis for Hot Flashes: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Role: Principle Investigator
National Institute of Health
Grant Number 5U01AT004634-05
Project Period: September 30, 2007 - March 31, 2014
Year Seven Funding: $442,061.00

Hypnosis for Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors
Role: Principle Investigator
Baylor University Faculty Research Investment Program
Project Period: 2013-2014
Total Funding: $25,000.00

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
Role: Principle Investigator
Baylor University OVPR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Project Period: 2014-2016
Year Seven Funding: $88,800.00

Psy.D. Graduates

Elizabeth Slonena, University of Florida
Kimberly Hickman, University of California, Los Angeles
Amelia Yu, Pomona College
Ashley Gartner, Baylor University
Cassie Kendrick, University of Texas, Arlington
Lauren Koep, Pepperdine University
Juliette Bowers, Canisius College
Nicholas Olendzki, Carleton College
Hyeji Na, Emory University
Ming Hwei Yek, McGill University

Current Psy.D. Students

Audrey Stevens, Vanderbilt University, Columbia University
Samuel Stork, Ohio State University
Lauren Simicich, Carnegie Mellon University
Mattie Biggs, Northwestern University
Nathaniel Wofford, Texas State University
Aaron Finley, University of California, Irvine
Connor Kelley, Baylor University

Ph.D. Graduates

Will Fisher, Texas State University
Aimee Johnson, Baylor University
Alisa Johnson, John Brown University
James Sliwinksi, The College of Wooster

Current Ph.D. Students

Lynae Roberts, Texas Woman's University
Joshua Rhodes, Abilene Christine University
Morgan Snyder, Iowa State University, Texas State University
Britni Hester, Azusa Pacific University

Courses taught at Baylor

  • PSY 4327 - Theories of Personality
  • PSY 3308 - Theories of Psychotherapy of Counseling
  • PSY 5334 - Health Psychology
  • PSY 5429 - Psychotherapy II: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • PSY 5371 - Clinical Practicum