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Beth Darnall


Beth Darnall, PhD is Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University.
She is principal investigator for $14 million in federally funded research. Her NIH-funded research investigates mechanisms of pain catastrophizing, cognitive behavioral therapy for pain, and a targeted intervention she developed.  In 2017 she was awarded $8.8M from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to investigate patient-centered opioid and pain reduction in a multisite clinical trial in 4 Western states. The project includes a comparative effectiveness trial between two different kinds of behavioral pain management classes as a pathway to optimize outcomes in patients with chronic pain who are tapering their opioids.
She is author of 3 books:  The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit © 2016 and Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the dangers of prescription opioids and gain control over chronic pain ©2014, and the forthcoming book from the American Psychological Association Press entitled Psychological Treatment for Chronic Pain: The Evidence-Based Basics.
In 2015 she received a presidential commendation from the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
Her work and viewpoint has been featured by multiple media outlets, including the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, MORE Magazine, Forbes, Scientific American, The Washington Post and TIME Magazine.

  • Axial Healthcare, Scientific Advisory Board  (honoraria, stock)
  • Clinical Pain Advisor, Advisory Board (honoraria)
  • Optimized Psychology, President & Owner
  • Pacira, Scientific Advisor (honoraria)