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Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford University
Dr. Darnall is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford University. A pain psychologist, she has treated patients with chronic pain for 15 years. She serves on the boards of directors for several national pain organizations, editorial boards, is a section editor for Pain Medicine, and was the 2012 President of the Pain Society of Oregon. She is a frequent national speaker and is a columnist for the National Pain Report, "Ask Dr. Beth, Pain Psychologist". Research topics include opioids, the impact of psychological factors on neural functioning, inflammation, and sensory perception; and broadening access to low-cost pain care with novel chronic pain treatments. Her specialized treatment tools include a DVD for phantom pain and a binaural relaxation response audio CD for general chronic pain conditions. She is the author of "Less Pain, Fewer Pills," © 2014, Bull Publishing. Her main passion is empowering people with chronic pain to harness the power of their mind-body connection to reduce symptoms and optimize health. She provides public education about pain psychology in her Psychology Today column entitled “Less Pain, Fewer Pills: How to use your mind-body connection to your advantage.”

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Posted: Dec 19, 2016
At the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab, one of our active research studies is focused on how to help prepare people who are heading to surgery. We are equipping them with the information and skills they can use to reduce their own distress and discomfort after... Read More
Posted: Oct 21, 2016
Many people mistakenly believe that the only way to treat chronic pain is by taking painkillers, says Stanford pain psychologist Beth Darnall, Ph.D. She believes there is a better way to manage pain that doesn’t involve pills. In her new book, The Opioid-Free... Read More
Posted: Sep 11, 2016
Optimize your mind-body connection with information and resources that empower you to reduce pain and its impact on your brain and body. (1) Understanding Pain in less than 5 minutes, and what to do about it! (5:00) View it here. (2) Learn out Pain Psychology... Read More
Posted: Aug 15, 2016
Please join us for the 2016 Stanford Back Pain Education Day taking place on September 11, 2016 at Cemex Auditorium on Stanford University campus. If you have back pain, please join us for an exciting day filled with lectures from Stanford pain experts and information... Read More
Posted: Aug 09, 2016
Clinical Psychiatry Advisor features Beth Darnall and the work of the entire Pain Psychology Task Force of the American Academy of Pain Medicine in the August 2016 article "The Importance of Pain Psychology Curricula in Training and Education.... Read More
Posted: Jul 11, 2016
Stanford Medicine News Center covers new research led by Dr. Eric Sun from the Stanford Division of Pain Medicine. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, describes the incidence of and risk factors for chronic opioid use among... Read More
Posted: Jun 09, 2016
Canada and the U.S. have seen alarming increases in opioid prescribing and in opioid-related overdose deaths. Prince's tragic opioid-related death further highlights this international public health problem. Indeed, the spectre -- and reality -- of opioid limits have sent... Read More
Posted: May 10, 2016
If you take prescription opioids, you may have experienced withdrawal symptoms at some point—perhaps when you forgot to take a scheduled dose of medication. Opioid withdrawal is highly unpleasant, and for some people it feels intolerable.  Symptoms: Anxiety, pain... Read More
Posted: May 04, 2016
Think of pain as being your “harm alarm,” a signal that is designed to get your attention, to motivate you to escape whatever is causing it. After all, pain—potential harm—could mean injury or even death.  In this way, pain serves a useful purpose... Read More
Posted: Apr 18, 2016
I was honored to be interviewed by Pain Pathways Magazine about Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the dangers of prescription opioids and gain control over chronic pain (Bull Publishing). Though Less Pain, Fewer Pills published almost 2 years ago, today... Read More


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