Department Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cognitive-behavioral Treatment
  • Interdisciplinary Management Of Chronic Headache Syndromes
  • Marital & Family Psychotherapy
  • Pain Rehabilitation
  • Psychological Evaluation
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Chronic Headaches
  • Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP)
  • Cluster Headaches
  • Depression
  • Facial Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache, Intractable
  • Headaches
  • Imbalance
  • Interstitial Cystitis | Pelvic Pain
  • Marital, Family & Relationship Difficulties
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Neuropathy
  • Neuropathy - Diabetic
  • Spine Pain
  • Syncope
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Tension Headaches
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
View all 26 Specialties +


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About Judith Scheman, Ph.D.

Judith Scheman, PhD, is  Director of Behavioral Medicine for the Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. She received her BS in Psychology from the University of Washington, and MA and PhD degrees in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine from Kent State University. She completed specialty training during an internship at the Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center in behavioral medicine, risk factor reduction in cardiology, addictions and pain.

Dr. Scheman served for 21 years as the Director of Psychology, Education and Research in the Center for Neurological Restoration at the Cleveland Clinic. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation Special Interest Group in the American Pain Society (APS). In addition to being a member of APS, she is also a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain and the American Psychological Association. She is a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and co-founder of the Pain Psychology Special Interest group and member of several task forces.

She has presented at numerous national and international meetings on the topic of outcomes in interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation and behavioral medicine.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Medical Education - Kent State University
Clinical Psychology
Kent, OH USA

Internship - VA Medical Center, Louis Stokes
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - University of Washington
Seattle, WA USA

Specialty Interests

chronic pain rehabilitation

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 11/5/2018, Dr. Scheman has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

54 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.6 out of 5
Explains 4.6
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.6
Knows Medical History 4.5
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.4

4 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

the provider was very interested in promoting her one-size-fits-all method (?!), yet, could have probably shown more interest in finding out, and or helping me overcome the problem I sought her help for.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

My experience with Dr. Scheman was perhaps (beside the surgery itself) the most important appointment that I had during my stay in Cleveland. What she has to say about pain and healing is probably the best thing that I have ever heard in my life. I practiced it while I was there and will practice it for now on!

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

I am going to say this again. I truly believe that what Dr. Scheman and Dr. Walsh have is perhaps one of the most important facets of surgery and successful recovery. Dr. Scheman literally talks you through a workshop that makes sense. Then she gives you access to relaxation downloads that work. Her suggestions for recovery and the management of pain were in my case VERY helpful. I had a very successful recovery because of the excellent work of Dr. Walsh and Dr. Scheman. I don't think that I can describe it any better.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2018

Excellent experience seeing and talking with Dr. Sheman.

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