Stress Management
                         Willowbrook Psychological Associates, P.C.

Edward A. Charlesworth, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Director of Willowbrook Psychological Associates, P.C. After earning a doctorate in clinical psychology with honors at the University of Houston, Dr. Charlesworth completed internship and post-doctoral fellowship programs at Baylor College of Medicine and then joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine where he supervised interns and researched stress-related disorders and sexual dysfunctions.

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Dr. Charlesworth is the author or co-author of three books: Stress Management: A Comprehensive Guide to Wellness, Stress Management: A Conceptual and Procedural Guide, and Mind Over Money.
In 2005, Ballentine Publishing issued a completely updated and revised edition of his book, Stress Management: A Comprehensive Guide to Wellness, to celebrate the 20th year of continuous publication. This new edition was dedicated to Rotary's 100th anniversary of "service above self" and introduced categories of coping tools related to service and meaningful pursuits.
His numerous other publications include audio recordings for relaxation and stress management, journal and magazine articles, and posters. He is the author of the popular audiotherapeutic CD/cassette programs: "Relaxing Ways for a Stressful World," "The Relaxation and Stress Management Program" and "Stress Management Training Program."

Other scientific articles he has written include topics such as biofeedback and self-control, drug abuse, hypertension, cardio-vascular disease, hypnotherapy, personality and psychotherapy.

His past professional memberships have included the American Psychological Association Divisions of Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology, Texas Psychological Association, Houston Psychological Association (past member of the Board of Directors), the Biofeedback Society of Harris County (past president), Biofeedback Society of Texas (past member of the Board of Directors), and the American Association of Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. He is listed in Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Rehabilitation, and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He is a past Diplomate of the American Academy of Behavioral Medicine, American Board of Professional Disability Consultants and member of the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society.

The concept of preventive health care is a major ingredient in his personal as well as therapeutic philosophy. He has motivated audiences on topics of positive lifestyle changes from Switzerland to the Philippines. He has been married over thirty years to Robin and has two beautiful daughters, Brittany and Allison. He is an avid marathoner, long distance recumbent bicyclist, and sailor, cross country and downhill snow skier. He enjoys traveling with family and friends, and checking off the long list of things he wants to see and do. Dr. Charlesworth is a strong believer in civic activities as a way of giving back to his community. He was the District Governor for Rotary International District 5890 in the years 2009 – 2010. He is Past President of the Rotary Club of Willowbrook and American Heart Association in his community. Ed and his wife, Robin, have enjoyed hosting international visitors, exchange students and Rotarians from Canada, Wales, Great Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Romania, Estonia, Russia, Spain, Finland, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Philippines, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Indonesia. He has served Rotary International as club president, Community Service Chairperson, Club Service Chairperson, area Group Study Exchange Coordinator and co-coordinator, newsletter editor, and historian in the Rotary Club of Willowbrook. As president of his club he received the District Governor's award for membership development and is a past Rotarian of the Year. In his local Rotary District 5890 he has served as District Conference Chairperson, on the District Conference Committee in multiple capacities including newsletter editor and chair of extra curricular activities, Group Study Exchange Chairperson, Crew Leader to build a Rotary Habitat House during the Jimmy Carter Work Week, District Chair of Mediation, District Chair or Co-Chair for Friendship Exchanges, Sergeant-at-arms for President Elect Training and Zones Institutes, representative for ASETS (Ambassadorial Scholarship Training), youth exchange training, and Rotary Foundation Alumni Chair. He has been the Rotarian team leader for a group study exchange to Romania. He has served on the advisory board for the Houston Police Bicycle Relay Team and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and has raised money to fight blood related cancers for the last seven years through annual long distance bicycle rides from Houston to Los Angeles, New York City, Quebec, Ottawa, Edmonton and Victoria, BC. He has received several citizenship commendations from the Houston Chief of Police for his efforts and has arranged Rotarian home hosting for the relay team members along their routes through out the country. "Whatever modicum of success that is reflected in my life is related to the concept that we can all contribute something to this world to make it a better place."

Education: University of Houston
B.S. in Psychology (with honors in Psychology) – August 1974
M.S. in Clinical Psychology – May, 1978
Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology – May, 1980
Licensing and Certification:
Licensed Psychologist – Texas #2-2200(with Health Service Provider Status)

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Clinical Experience:
September 1982 – Present: Director of Willowbrook Psychological Associates, P.C.
adults, adolescents, and children; marriage and family therapy; stress management and behavioral medicine; neuropsychological and disability evaluations for closed head injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders; hypnotherapy and anxiety reduction; weight control and smoking cessation; biofeedback with adults, adolescents, and children; program development for physical rehabilitation and pain management; corporate workshops and training in stress management; oral examinations of licensing examination for the Texas State Board of Psychologists; in-service training for teachers, and supervision of clinical and office staff.
September 2008 to present – Faculty for Gulf Coast Leadership Institute
Trainer and facilitator for workshops on leadership, collective potential, relationships and communication, behavioral and social styles, dealing with change, visioning, and ethics.
July 1976 to June 2003: President, Stress Management Research Associates, Inc.
Research and development of books and recorded materials for stress management training in hospitals, clinics, businesses and private homes. Marketing and distribution of these materials nationally and internationally.

September 1987 to September 1997: President, Psychological Associates of Texas
Program development and clinical supervision of 20 staff members for multiple sites offering psychological services for disability testing, general inpatient and outpatient psychological services, biofeedback and pain management programs, school psychology, and development of managed care models.
February 1981 to September 1982: Staff Psychologist and Instructor
Staff Psychologist and Coordinator of the Biofeedback Laboratory Institute of Preventive Medicine, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas; Instructor in Experimental Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine: Clinical work related to smoking cessation, stress management, program development and research, weight control, and hypertension. Development and operation of a computer-based biofeedback laboratory.
September 1908 to June 1981: Research Associate, Baylor College of Medicine
Evaluation of sexual dysfunction and sleep disorder patients; stress management groups; and research on biobehavioral treatments for essential hypertension.
September, 1979 to September, 1980: Post Doctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
Psychological and neuropsychological assessment; individual inpatient and outpatient psychotherapy; staff in-services; consultation and behavioral program development for pain, anorexia, corpulence and chronic psychiatric disorders; hypnotherapy for needle phobias, pain control, hypertension, insomnia, anxiety and self-control; and biofeedback consultation.
September 1978 to September 1979: Internship, Baylor College of Medicine
Child and adult inpatient and outpatient rotations including psychological assessment, individual and group psychotherapy; stress management groups with nursing students; school consultation; hypnotherapy for amnesia, anxiety and self-control.
September 1977 to September 1978: Veteran’s Administration Trainee
Trainee at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Houston, Texas: Consultation, individual and group psychotherapy with oncology, dialysis and substance abuse wards; hypnotherapy and development of pain management program for chronic pain patients; research on substance abuse and biofeedback; and adult psychological assessments.
May 1977 to May 1988: Biofeedback Consultant
Biofeedback consultant at Belle Park Hospital, Houston, Texas: In-service and supervision with biofeedback technicians, treatment planning for patients referred for biofeedback, and hypnotherapy and relaxation therapy adjunctive treatments.
September 1976 to September 1978: Clinical Psychology Practicum Student
Clinical Psychology Practicum Student at Children’s Mental Health Services, Houston, Texas: Family diagnostic interviews, treatment planning, and family psychotherapy; individual therapy with adults, adolescents and children; psychological assessment and consultation with outside and agencies and schools.
September 1975 to May 1976: Clinical Psychology Practicum Student
Clinical Psychology Practicum Student, Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences (TRIMS) Houston, Texas: Intake screening interviews with geriatric patients; psychological assessment of geriatric inpatients and outpatients, and individual geriatric psychotherapy.

American Psychological Association (APA) - Current
Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (Current)
Houston Psychological Association (Board of Directors, 1985-1987)
Biofeedback Society of Harris County (President, 1991-1992)

American Heart Association, Cy-Fair Division (President, 1990-1991)
Rotary Club of Willowbrook (1984 – present; President 1988-1989)
Rotary International District 5890 (District Governor 2009-2010)
Texas Bicycle Coalition (Board of Directors, 1999-2000)
Houston Police Department Bicycle Relay Team/The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


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Doctoral Dissertation: "Treatment Effectiveness ad Differential Personality Responsiveness to a Biobehavioral Treatment of Hypertension in an
Industrial Setting:
Master's Thesis: "Personality and the Differential Presentation of Relaxation as Either Learning or Hypnosis"
Senior Honors Thesis: "Psi and the Imaginary Dream: Including an Exploration with Monozygotic Twins and Autogenic Training"

Charlesworth, Edward A., and Nathan, Ronald G. Stress Management: A Comprehensive Guide to Wellness. Hardback and Trade Paperback editions - New York: Atheneum, 1984 (Paperback editions – New York: Ballentine, 1985, Updated and Revised Trade Paperback Edition, 2004). United Kingdom editions – London: Souvenir Press, 1986; London: Corgi Books, 1987. Indonesian edition – Jakarta: Dinastindo, 1996.

Nathan, Ronald G. and Charlesworth, Edward A. Stress Management: A Conceptual and Procedural Guide. Houston: Biobehavioral Press, 1980. Nance, Wayne E., and Charlesworth, Edward A. Mind Over Money: How to Get Control of Your Finances and Revitalize Your Emotional and Physical Wellbeing. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1993.

Charlesworth, E. A., Murphy, S., and Beutler, L. E., Stress Management Skills for Nursing Students. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1981, 37, 284-290.
Charlesworth, E. A. and Dempsey, G., Trait Anxiety Reductions in a Substance Abuse Population Training in Stress Management. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1982, 9, 191-201.
Charlesworth, E. A., Music, Psychology and Psychotherapy. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 1982, 9, 91-201. Charlesworth, E. A. and Doughtie, E.B., Modification of Baseline by Differential Task Presentation as either Hypnosis or "Learned" Relaxation. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 1982, 55, 1131-1137.
Charlesworth, E. A., Williams, B. J., and Baer, P. E., Stress Management at the Worksite for Hypertension: Compliance, Cost-Benefit, Health Care and Hypertension Related Variables. Psychosomatic Medicine, 1984, 46, 387-396.
Charlesworth, E. A., Harrington, R., Autogenic Training and Biofeedback Assisted Hand-Warming in the Treatment of Buerger's Disease: A Case Study. American Journal of Clinical Biofeedback, 1984, 7, 107-111.

Charlesworth, E., Williams, B., and Baer, P., Stress Management for Hypertensive Employees in a Corporate Setting. In Work, Stress and Health: A Behavioral Prospective, by W. Gentry P. Doyle (eds.), New York: Plenum 1984.
Charlesworth, E. A. and Nathan, R. G., Relaxation Procedures for Stress Management. In Stress Management for Chronic Disease, Pergamon Press, 1988.

Charlesworth, E. A., Relaxing Ways for a Stressful World, Progressive Relaxation, 2009; Imagery Relaxation, 2009; Hypnotic Deep Muscle Relaxation, 2010; Autogenic Relaxation, 2005; (Houston: Stress Management Research Associates, Inc. &
Charlesworth, E. A., Relaxation and Stress Management Program, Progressive and Deep Muscle Relaxation, 2005; Imagery Relaxation and Success Rehearsal, 2005; and Autogenic Relaxation, 2005; (Houston: Stress Management Research Associates, Inc. &
Charlesworth, E. A. and Peiffer, A. L., Stress Management Training Program - Audio-therapeutic series (Houston, Stress Management Research Associates, Inc., 1977).
Charlesworth, E. A., The Relaxation and Stress Management Program. - Audio-therapeutic series (Houston, Stress Management Research Associates, Inc., 1981).

PAPERS AND POSTERS PRESENTED: Charlesworth, E. A. and Peiffer, A. L., Biofeedback Training in the Management of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Health Problems. Oral presentation at the Fourth regional Texas Institute of Alcohol and Drug Studies, Houston, May 10-11, 1977.
Charlesworth, E. A., Psychosomatic Disorders-Control of Autonomic Function. Oral presentation at Basic Hypnosis for Health Professionals, University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee, January 6 – 27, 1978.
Charlesworth, E. A., Stress Management Training as a Self-Control Procedure. Oral presentation at the Eighth Annual Houston Behavior Therapy Symposium, Rice University, Houston, Texas, May, 1979. Charlesworth, E. A., Williams, B. J., and Baer, P. E., Stress Management for Hypertensive Executives in the Industrial Setting. Oral presentation at the Ninth Annual Houston Behavior Therapy Symposium, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, May, 1980.
Charlesworth, E. A., Stress Management for Essential Hypertension: An Alternative to Biofeedback. Oral presentation at the 1980 Biofeedback Society of Texas Conference, Houston, Texas, October 17-18, 1980. Charlesworth, E. A., Williams, B. J. and Baer, P. E., A Worksite Stress Management Program for Essential Hypertension, Poster presentation for the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy Convention, New York, November 21, 1980.
Charlesworth, E. A., Baer, P. E. and Williams, B. J., Initial and Replication Test of a Stress Management Program for Essential Hypertension. Oral presentation at the Biofeedback Society of America Twelfth Annual Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky, March 12-17, 1981.
Charlesworth, E. A., Charlesworth, R. E., and Lupin, M., Classroom Technology: Audiotapes and Biofeedback Equipment for Relaxation and Self-Control in the School. Presented at the Tenth Annual Houston Behavior Therapy Symposium, University of Houston, Texas, April 1981.
Baer, P. E., Charlesworth, E. A., and Karacan, I., Psychological Characteristics Associated with Nocturnal Penile Tumescence in Males with Erectile Dysfunction. Poster presentation at the Annual Convention of the Association for the Psychophysiological Study of Sleep, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, June 18-21, 1981. Baer, P. E., Charlesworth, E. A., Karacan, I., and Kay, D. A Situationally Based Test for Sexual Performance Anxiety in Males. Poster presentation at the Annual Convention of the Association for the Psychophysiological Study of Sleep, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, June 18-21, 1981.
Myerson, W., Charlesworth, E. A. and Herd, J., The Relationship of Smoking Cessation Programs to Corporate Wellness. Oral presentation at the Wellness in the Workplace Conference, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, May 24-27, 1982.
Braud, L., Charlesworth, E., Largen, J., Lupin, M., Mount, G., Variations with Instrumentation in Accelerated Learning. Panel discussion at the Ninth International Society for Accelerated Learning and Teaching, Houston, Texas, May 4 – 6, 1984.
Charlesworth, E., Introduction to Biofeedback Procedures. Workshop at the Houston Behavior Therapy Association's Clinical Management of Stress in Medicine, Houston, May 4 – 5, 1984.
Charlesworth, E., Lifestyle Management for Cardiovascular Rehabilitation. Paper presented to the Second Annual Meeting of the Texas Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, 1992. Charlesworth, E., The Impact of Peaceful Demonstrations in the Reunification of Germany and Rotary International's Role in Peace Building. Paper presented to the Rotary Peace Convention – Leipzig, Germany, October 2009.
Charlesworth, E., The Importance of Cognitive Mediators in Biofeedback. Paper presented to the North Carolina Biofeedback Society – Greensboro, North Carolina November 2010.

Oral Examiner for Licensing Exams for Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
United States Army War College – Strategy Implementation Seminar, July 2010
Post-traumatic and Acute Stress Disorders: Assessment and Treatment Strategies
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters
Communication with Victims and Survivors
Developing Cultural Competence in Disaster Mental Health Programs