Excited to Join the HealthCentral Migraine Community

  • What is your one thing? That thing you treasure, value, and think about during those still small quiet moments when it’s just you? Whenever I read, see, or listen to patients talk about their migraines, their health, they don’t talk just about the symptoms, the meds, or even their pain. What I hear is what migraine does to their lives, especially those things that they value most. What I hear is that more than relief from symptoms, more than relief from pain, those with migraine want to gain back control of their life. For you see, the symptoms and pain matter most because they impact those things that matter most.

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    I am excited to be part of the great team of migraine advocates, experts, and real-life migraine managers here at HealthCentral. As this is my first post, let me tell you what matters most to me: getting to be a husband to my amazing wife and dad to the three best daughters in the world (not that I am biased).


    And if I might, let me tell you a little about what I do:

    • I am a licensed clinical psychologist and Director of Behavioral Medicine at Mercy Clinic Headache Center and Mercy Health Research in St Louis, Missouri.
    • I'm also directing research for Mercy Health system.
    • I also get the chance to chair eMedia for the American Headache Society and am Vice Chair of the American Headache and Migraine Association.
    • And for those of you wondering, many within my family, including me, have migraine.

    People often ask me, "Why migraine?" During my early years of training, I found that the patients with migraine I treated taught me migraine is much more than “just a headache.” I found myself thinking about what I could do to engage my patients to manage their migraines so they could take back their lives. It’s what got me interested in researching migraine. It’s why I remind myself and my colleagues that we treat a person with migraine, not just the disease of migraine.


    I am, in many ways, like a coach or manager in sports. I take the experience and expertise I have gained from my years interacting with other professional and patient experts and use that to educate, equip, communicate, and motivate. I will try to meet you where you are in order to help you get where you want to be. And although migraine is something you share with millions of others, your story is unique and has details unmatched by anyone else. So I realize that all I write may not be relevant to you. What I want is for you to take those things that are relevant and use them in managing your migraines.


    For many of you, living with migraine challenges your ability to focus on what matters most. I look forward to contributing to HealthCentral because I want you to control your migraines so you can get back to those things that matter most to you.


    My best to you,



    Dr. Nicholson


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    © Robert A. Nicholson, PhD, 2014, •  Last updated June 11, 2014.

Published On: June 11, 2014