Pain Psychology Interest Group: For Patients

Welcome to our page for patients!

The following are resources complied/provided by the Society for Health Psychology Pain Interest Group members.

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

Daniel Bruns PsyD provides a thorough description of the complexities of pain and outlines the manner in which some “unexpected” treatments work.



Useful Resources: 

Here’s a great page dedicated to explaining pain psychology and it includes several tips for coping with pain 

The Pain Toolkit (

The Pain Toolkit in an award-winning organization whose website offers a wealth of pain self-management resources for free or for nominal print cost (e.g., $2). Developed by a peer with lived experience with successful pain management.

There are approximately 50 different videos on pain self-management at this link, with separate categories for patients and medical providers:

American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) (

The ACPA is dedicated to peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families so that these individuals may live more fully in spite of their pain. Their website includes free pain management tools (print and electronic), local support group information, and a resource guide for chronic pain treatments.

Recommended Books:


  • Living Beyond Your Pain: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Ease Chronic Pain © 2006 by Joanne Dahl and Tobias Lundgren


  • The Pain Survival Guide © 2005 by Dennis Turk, PhD and Frits Winter
  • The Chronic Pain Care Workbook © 2006 by Michael Lewandowski, PhD
  • Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the Dangers of Prescription Opioids and Gain Control Over Chronic Pain © 2014 by Beth Darnall. Includes a guided, binaural relaxation audiofile and CD
  • The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit © 2016 by Beth Darnall, PhD. Includes a guided, binaural relaxation audiofile and CD

     Pain Science Book (pain education)

  • Explain Pain by David Butler and Lorimer Moseley

     Chronic Pain Self-Management

  • Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain © 2015 by Sandra LeFort, Lisa Webster, Kate Lorig, et al.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 

There are several great resources for learning MBSR, Here’s a link to a free resource.

Tips for Finding a Pain Psychologist Near You:

How to Search: Find a licensed provider in your state

Where to Start: Check out APA’s Psychologist Locator Page 



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