Pain Psychology Interest Group: For Psychologists

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Chronic Pain Resources:

Hunter, C.L, Goodie, J.L., Oordt, M.S., & Dobmeyer, A.C. (2016). Integrated behavioral health in primary care: Step-by-step guidance for assessment and intervention 2nd ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Robinson, P. & Reiter, J. (2015). Behavioral consultation and primary care: A guide to integrating services 2nd ed. New York: Springer.

Robinson, P. J., Gould, D. A., & Strosahl, K. D. (2011). Real behavior change in primary care. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Strosahl, K., Robinson, P., & Gustavsson, T. (2012). Brief interventions for radical change: Principles and practice of focused acceptance and commitment therapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Thorn. B.E. (2017). Cognitive Therapy for Chronic Pain: A Step-by-Step Guide 2nd ed. New York: Guilford Publications.

National Clinical Practice Guidelines relevant to Pain Psychology:

  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) 2017 American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Practice Guidelines for Chronic Pain. Chronic Pain. MDGuidelines. Westminster, CO: Reed Group, Ltd; 2017. Available at:

Editor-in-Chief: Kurt T. Hegmann, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACP; Assistant-Editors: Jeremy J. Biggs, MD, MSPH, Matthew A. Hughes, MD, MPH; Evidence-based Practice Chronic Pain Panel: Steven D. Feinberg, MD, MS, MPH (Chair), Gerald M. Aronoff, MD, DABPM, DABPN, FAADEP, James Ausfahl, MD, Daniel Bruns, PsyD, FAPA, Beth D. Darnall, PhD, Rachel Feinberg, PT, DPT, Jill S. Galper, PT, Med, Lee Glass, MD, Robert L. Goldberg, MD, FACOEM, Scott Haldeman, DC, MD, PhD, James E. Lessenger, MD, FACOEM, Steven Mandel, MD, Tom G. Mayer, MD, Russell L. Travis, MD, FACS, FAADEP, Pamela A. Warren, PhD, Thomas H. Winters, MD, FACOEM

Training Opportunities and Webinars:

National CME Workshops

  • “Psychological Approaches to Managing Pain.” Web archived, for purchase. Institute for Brain Potential. This is a 6-hour CME workshop developed and delivered by Dr. Beth Darnall.


Commonly Used Measures for Pain Psychologists:

Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation List of Psychological Tests Commonly Used in the Assessment of Chronic Pain CO psych tests 2015

List of Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation approved functional and psychological tests QPOP_Table_of_approved_tests

Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) Psychological Evaluation Information: 

Dan Bruns, PsyD developed this SCS Primer and Glossary  as well as a great resource which outlines Spinal Cord Stimulators and Related Therapies.

Graduate Schools, Internships and Postdoctoral Fellowships specializing in Pain Psychology:

IASP has a great resource here, providing a list of pain schools and other educational opportunities


New Orleans VA Postdoctoral Residency in Health Psychology with emphasis in Chronic Pain

Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship with an emphasis in Pain and Psycho-Oncology at the Tampa VA. Additional information

Postdoctoral Fellowship in neuroscience and/or psychology with a focus on pain science, Department of Pain and Translational Symptom Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore  Additional information

Geisinger – Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Pain Management, Danville, Pennsylvania (

Pain-Focused Organizations/Resources:

Academy of Integrative Pain Management

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM)

American Chronic Pain Association

American Pain Society (APS)

Cleveland Clinic Pain Management

International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)

NIH Pain Consortium 

Pain Week

Pain Medicine News 

Relief News

Society of Behavioral Medicine– Pain

Stanford Pain Medicine

US Pain Foundation


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