Megan L. Wagner, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at USC and an assistant professor of clinical practice in the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.
Wagner received her bachelor’s in psychology with a concentration in biological and evolutionary sciences from the Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. As part of her doctoral training, she completed a one-year, APA-accredited internship at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), along with various rotations at the Washington, D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Wagner later completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System, where she received specialized training in health psychology, focusing on understanding and addressing problems pertaining to the relationship between psychological and physical health. While at the VA Loma Linda, Wagner provided psychological services for health-related issues such as smoking cessation, insomnia, weight management, chronic pain management, and diabetes management. Prior to USC, Wagner worked in a diverse range of other patient settings, including community clinics, private practices, and hospitals.
Wagner specializes in chronic pain management. To help patients address and cope with chronic pain, as well as the depression and anxiety that often accompany it, she utilizes cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches as well as biofeedback. Wagner is board certified to provide biofeedback training therapy by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.
As a scientist-practitioner, Wagner is also committed to advancing our knowledge and understanding of behavioral health. In addition to providing patient care at Cohen Military Family Clinic, she conducts research with the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. With CIR, her current research focus is examining and further developing the clinical effectiveness of EEG neurofeedback therapy for alleviating post-traumatic stress symptoms in veterans.