Hallie Tankha

Hallie Tankha

Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology


Curriculum vitae

Hallie Tankha

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Health Psychology
  • Psychosocial aspects of chronic pain and chronic illness
  • Social support interventions for chronic pain
  • Caregiver burden


  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Wayne State University, 2018
  • M.Ed., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Cleveland State University, 2014
  • Temporary Limited License Psychologist (TLLP), State of Michigan, 2019-2021

Awards and grants

  • Wayne State University Graduate School Summer Dissertation Award (2020)

    Wayne State University Dissertation Research Support Award (2020)

    Dr. Ben and Brenda Rosen Annual Teaching and Research Award (2019)

    Thomas C. Rumble University Graduate Fellowship (2018)

Selected publications

Tankha, H., Cano A., Corley, A., Dillaway, H., Clark, S., Lumley, M. (2020). A novel couple-based intervention for chronic pain and relationship distress: A pilot study. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 38(1), 51–56. doi: 10.1037/cfp0000131

Tankha, H., Cano, A., Dillaway, H. (2020). “Now I have hope”: Rebuilding relationships affected by chronic pain. Families, Systems, & Health, 9(1), 13–32. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000472

Tankha, H., Kerns, R. D., & Cano, A. (2018). Treating adults with chronic pain and their families: Application of an enhanced cognitive-behavioral transactional model. In D. C. Turk & R. J. Gatchel (Eds.), Psychological approaches to pain management: A practitioner’s handbook (3rd ed., pp. 230–249). New York, NY: The Guildford Press.

Cano, A, & Tankha, H (2018). Spousal criticism and hostility in response to pain: What is the alternative? Pain, 159(1), 1–2.

Courses taught

PSY 2410, Health Psychology

PSY 3993, Laboratory in Experimental Psychology (Writing Intensive Course)

PSY 1030, Introductory Psychology Laboratory