The Broad Perspective

Beth Darnall, author Less Pain, Fewer Pill, Danger of Opiods

June 9, 2016

This Friday on The Broad Perspective join host, Vivian Komori and Laura Feliz as they interview:

Beth Darnall,PhD author

Less Pain, Fewer Pills

Avoid the Danger of Prescription Opioids and Gain Control over Chronic Pain

Beth Darnall, PhD


Pain Psychologist

Clinical Scientist


Beth is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford University and treats individuals and groups at the Stanford Pain Management Center. She is an NIH-funded principal investigator for pain psychology research that is examining the mechanisms of pain catastrophizing treatment, including a novel single-session pain catastrophizing class she developed (funded by the NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health).

She is Co-Chair of the Pain Psychology Task Force at the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), and in 2015 received a Presidential Commendation from AAPM.  

Beth is author of Less Pain, Fewer Pills, and is author of the forthcoming book The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit (due out August 2016) and The Surprising Psychology of Pain: Evidence-Based Relief from Catastrophizing and Pain (due out 2017). 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.

Additional Highlights & Tidbits:

  • Beth's research and education is focusing on improving access to high-quality, low cost pain care to all.

  • The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as "...a negative sensory and emotional experience." Psychology is built into the definition of pain, and Beth encourages individuals to enhance their pain modulation through proven pain psychology techniques.

  • Pain catastrophizing is one of the best predictors of chronic pain treatment outcomes and surgical outcomes!  This is why Beth is dedicated to treating pain catastrophizing early on individuals with chronic pain. Her current research involves treating pain catastrophizing before surgery in hopes of improving recovery and preventing post-surgical chronic pain.

  • At Stanford University, Beth and colleagues are currently conducting a randomized controlled trial of an internet-based perioperative pain psychology treatment in women undergoing surgery for breast cancer.

  • Her work empowers individuals to harness the power of their mind-body connection to reduce suffering, pain, and need for medications.

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