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Department General Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Family Psychotherapy
  • Interdisciplinary Management of Chronic Headache Syndromes
  • Marital Psychotherapy
  • Pain Rehabilitation
  • Psychological Evaluation
View all 6 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Balance Disorders
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Chronic Headaches
  • Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP)
  • Cluster Headaches
  • Depression
  • Facial Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache, Intractable
  • Headaches
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Marital, Family and Relationship Difficulties
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Neuropathy
  • Neuropathy - Diabetic
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Spine Pain
  • Syncope
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Tension Headaches
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
View all 27 Specialties +


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About Judith Scheman, PhD

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 United States

Internship - VA Medical Center, Louis Stokes
Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate - University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Specialty Interests

chronic pain rehabilitation

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 6/19/2024, Dr. Scheman has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

70 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.5

7 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

This provider seems knowledgeable but also somewhat insensitive with her choice of questions at times.

Reviewed on May 9, 2024

The Cleveland clinic has always been known as a stellar hospital. I saw multiple doctors when I went. They all explained everything to me a great place to go.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2023

The doctor couldn't have been more awesome! Her knowledge was so impressive but she explained things so I could understand and I didn't feel "dumb" for asking questions! My husband said she was his favorite of the day!!!

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

Dr. Scheman was nice and informative, but upon meeting her, when I told her what I did for work, she immediately responded with: why would anyone do that? Which was a bit rude.. She also kind of made it seem that deep relaxation techniques were the answer to all of my pain when it really just will be one component. While I agree with her teachings, I had told her I had down cognitive breathing techniques before.. She told me hers were completely different when in reality ( after watching her videos) it was the exact same thing I've tried in the past so it came across as a lie.. Again, she was very knowledgeable but was more concerned with telling me all of the medication I'm taking needs to stop and her videos/ recordings will be the answer to my 10 years of chronic pain.. When it reality it's a combo of both.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

I would not recommend Dr. Scheman to someone with severe pain, but would recommend her to someone who experiences mild pain and relaxation is all that is needed!

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2023

Dr Sherman was very kind !!

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Dr. Mihaljavic, I believe that every surgery patient would benefit from seeing Dr. Schuman prior to their surgery. I felt calmed and better prepared after our visit.

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