Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, and by courtesy, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
Co-Chair, Pain Psychology Task Force, American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM)
Beth Darnall, PhD, is a pain psychologist, clinical scientist, and clinical professor at Stanford University. As a principal investigator, her pain psychology research portfolio includes over $21 million in research awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). She holds leadership roles within the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Association for the Study of Pain, and the American Pain Society. She has served on multiple national clinical guidelines committees related to best practices in pain care.
As a pain psychologist, she has 15 years experience treating adults with chronic pain, and she lived through her own chronic pain experience. She enjoys helping individuals with chronic pain gain control over mind and body and live their best life possible.
As Co-Chair of the Pain Psychology Task Force at the American Academy of Pain Medicine she led the development of national behavioral medicine workshops for interdisciplinary chronic pain clinicians. She is the author of 3 books: “Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the dangers of prescription opioids and gain control over chronic pain” ©2014, “The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit” ©2016, “Psychological Treatment for Chronic Pain: The evidence-based basics” ©2018 (American Psychological Association Press). She authors a Psychology Today blog “Less Pain, Fewer Pills” and has been featured and published in multiple major press outlets including The Huffington Post, MORE Magazine, Women’s Health, Time Magazine, Scientific American Mind, ABCNews, and The Washington Post.
Recent Sessions at Neurovations Events
2018 Kaua’i Pain Conference
- The Psychosocial Dimensions of Pain: Shifting Patient Mindsets and Altering Provider Actions to Enhance Effectiveness
- Treating Pain & Reducing Opioids with a Dearth of Resources: Evidence-based Strategies for Improving Patient Outcomes
2017 Kaua’i Pain Conference
- The Psychology of Pain
- Minimizing Opioids with Pain Psychology
- Sun, E. C., Darnall, B. D., Baker, L. C., & Mackey, S. (2016). Incidence of and risk factors for chronic opioid use among opioid-naive patients in the postoperative period. JAMA internal medicine, 176(9), 1286-1293.
- Darnall, B. D., Ephraim, P., Wegener, S. T., Dillingham, T., Pezzin, L., Rossbach, P., & MacKenzie, E. J. (2005). Depressive symptoms and mental health service utilization among persons with limb loss: results of a national survey. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 86(4), 650-658.
- Sun, E. C., Dixit, A., Humphreys, K., Darnall, B. D., Baker, L. C., & Mackey, S. (2017). Association between concurrent use of prescription opioids and benzodiazepines and overdose: retrospective analysis. bmj, 356, j760.
- Darnall, B. D. (2009). Self-delivered home-based mirror therapy for lower limb phantom pain. American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation/Association of Academic Physiatrists, 88(1), 78.
- Darnall, B. D., Sturgeon, J. A., Kao, M. C., Hah, J. M., & Mackey, S. C. (2014). From catastrophizing to recovery: a pilot study of a single-session treatment for pain catastrophizing. Journal of pain research, 7, 219.