Beth Darnall, PhD, has been called a pioneer in her field for researching how the mind and body work together and how pain can be altered by people harnessing the power of the mind to shape the nervous system. She empowers patients to self-manage their pain and reduce opioid use when desired, and her publications are helpful resources that are widely used by clinicians and patients. Beth also leads training workshops for clinicians and psychologists alike, so they can use these powerful evidence-based therapies with their own patients.

Books, Videos, and Audio

5 Selected Open-Access Scientific Articles

  1. Darnall BD & Colloca L. Optimizing Placebo and Minimizing Nocebo to Reduce Pain, Catastrophizing, and Opioid Use: A Review of the Science and an Evidence-Informed Clinical Toolkit. Int Rev Neurobiol. 2018;139:129-157.
  2. Darnall BD. To treat pain, study people in all their complexity. Nature 2018 May; 557 (7703):7. PMID: 29717254.
  3. Darnall BD, Ziadni MS, Stieg RL, Mackey IG, Kao MC, Flood P. Patient-Centered Prescription Opioid Tapering in Community Outpatients with Chronic Pain. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2018 May 1;178(5):707-708. PMID: 29459978.
  4. Darnall BD, Ziadni MS, Roy A, Kao MC, Sturgeon JA, Cook KF, Lorig K, Burns JW, Mackey SC. Comparative Efficacy and Mechanisms of a Single-Session Pain Psychology: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial in Chronic Low Back Pain. Trials 2018; 19:165. PMID: 29510735.
  5. Darnall BD, Sturgeon JA, Hah JM, Kao MC, Mackey SC.  ‘From Catastrophizing to Recovery’: A pilot study of a single-session treatment for pain catastrophizing. J Pain Research. 2014; (7):219-226. PMID: 24851056.

View Dr. Darnall’s full listing of peer-reviewed articles.

NPR ‘Morning Edition’ show on the brain, emotion, and pain

Today National Public Radio featured pain psychology on its "Morning Edition" show. I was pleased to be included among the guests discussing the critical role of thoughts, emotions, and other psychological factors have on our experience of pain. The role [...]