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What is Pain Psychology?

Pain Psychology, Video

Pain psychology is the study of how biological, cognitive, social, and environmental factors interact with pain responses.  Pain psychology also involves using the aforementioned knowledge to provide evidence-based behavioral health treatment to patients with chronic pain, to improve their pain experiences, thought patterns, and behaviors.  Clinical health psychologists and other qualified mental health professionals can deliver this treatment.

Curious why psychologists are involved in pain management? Hear Psychologist Beth Darnell, PhD provide a brief overview:



To learn more about the manner in which psychologists help with pain management, click here for a summary from APA’s Help Center.