At the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab (SNAPL), Beth's research broadly focuses on understanding mechanisms of pain catastrophizing, pain psychology, and pain treatments, as well as on investigating the efficacy of novel pain treatments she has developed at SNAPL. Her treatments are designed to broaden access to low-cost, high quality pain care.

Beth's current and recent research topics include:

  • A single-session mind-body psychoeducational class to treat pain catastrophizing (Co-PI with Dr. Sean Mackey for an NIH R01 study investigating the mechanisms of pain catastrophizing treatment; NCCIH)

  • Beth is Stanford site PI for a multi-site study that is investigating risk factors for the intergenerational transmission of chronic pain (Dr. Anna Wilson, OHSU, overall PI; Ian Mackey coordinator).

  • Current randomized controlled trial of Beth's single-session pain catastrophizing intervention (on video, adapted for surgical patients) being conducted on women undergoing surgery for breast (with Dr. Amanda Wheeler, Dr. Irene Wapnir, Candace Shultz, Chloe Taub, Ian Mackey).

  • Response to opioid tapering in community-dwelling individuals with chronic pain on long-term opioid therapy (with Dr. Richard Stieg, Dr. Pamela Flood, Ian Mackey and Melissa Wibowo).

  • Mechanisms of pain catastrophizing and quantifying changes in sensory perception changes following a pain catastrophizing induction (with Chloe Taub, MA; Sean Mackey MD, PhD)

  • Sex differences in opioid related structural brain changes in chronic pain (current with Sean Mackey, MD, PhD; funded by NCCIH).

  • Pain catastrophizing and opioid prescription (current; with Yasamin Sharifzadeh, Ming-Chih Kao, Drew Sturgeon, Sean Mackey)

  • Use of CHOIR (Stanford Collaborative Health Outcomes Information Registry) in the perioperative and pain clinic settings. (current)

  • Beth is the Leader for the Behavioral Core of the NCCIH-funded Stanford Center for Back Pain. The Center is investigating the mechanisms of 3 evidence-based treatments for chronic low back pain (acupuncture, CBT, MBSR; Program Director Sean Mackey, MD, PhD).

  • The risks and consequences of long term opioid use in women.