Psychosocial Influences On Pain And Its Treatment

Panel Discussion Chaired by Dr. Jeffrey Mogil

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Beth Darnall, Ph.D., is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford University. She is a pain psychologist and scientist. She is a past President of the Pain Society of Oregon and is current Co-Chair of the Pain Psychology Task Force at the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Her NIH-funded research investigates mechanisms of pain catastrophizing and the effectiveness of a single-session pain catastrophizing treatment she developed. She is author of 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.  Beth also blogs for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post.


Leonie Koban, Ph.D., is interested in how social factors such as interpersonal relationships, instructions, and social learning influence our experience of emotion and pain.  Her research combines behavioral and physiological measures with functional brain imaging (fMRI) to understand the brain mechanisms that shape subjective experience and mediate the effects of social information on pain and other health-related outcomes.  Dr. Koban was initially trained in Psychology in Germany and has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She is currently a Research Associate at the University of Colorado Boulder.


Christopher Moyer, Ph.D., is a psychological scientist who has used a variety of methods (e.g., meta-analysis, clinical trials, psychophysiological and neuroscientific laboratory assessments, survey construction and administration, et al.), combined with and informed by clinical training and experience, to study when, for whom, and by what mechanisms massage therapy, the manual manipulation of soft tissue intended to promote health, wellness, and performance, can be beneficial. He is also co-editor, with Trish Dryden, of the book Massage Therapy: Integrating Research and Practice.  He is presently an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at University of Denver and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.