Dedicated to empowering life beyond pain.


Beth Darnall, PhD is Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University. She is principal investigator for $13 million in national pain and opioid reduction research projects that include psychological treatment approaches. She investigates mechanisms of pain catastrophizing, targeted pain psychology treatments she has developed, prevention of post-surgical pain, and patient-centered opioid tapering, with research being conducted in multiple Western states.

She delivers pain psychology and opioid reduction lectures and workshops nationally and internationally. She is author of 3 books:

  1. The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit ©2016 (used in opioid reduction treatment groups and workshops nationally)
  2. Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the dangers of prescription opioids and gain control over chronic pain ©2014
  3. Psychological Treatment for Chronic Pain ©2018 (American Psychological Association Press; available August 2018).

She been featured in ABC News, O Magazine, Forbes, WebMD, Scientific American Mind, Vox News, The Washington Post, BBC Radio and TIME MagazineWatch her “petcha kucha” 5-minute video from 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on the psychology of pain relief—and why it matters!

She brings to her work the perspective of having 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 (CA License #25495).

Watch Dr. Darnall's “petcha kucha” 5-minute video from 2018 World Economic Forum

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