Beth Darnall

Beth Darnall

Pain management specialist, Pain psychologist

Bio:   Beth Darnall, PhD, is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine. She has about 15 years of experience treating individuals with chronic pain of varied etiologies and medical complexity. For example, she has worked extensively with individuals with spinal cord injury, catastrophic burn, amputation, chronic low back pain, migraine, fibromyalgia, and various types of musculoskeletal pain. At the Stanford Pain Management Center she primarily conducts pain psychology evaluation and has a very limited follow-up practice. She also delivers pro-bono group pain psychology services, including a novel single-session pain psychology class that she developed-- a targeted treatment for pain catastrophizing (a distressing pattern of thoughts and emotions commonly experienced by those with chronic pain). She is Co-Principal Investigator for an NIH R01 project that is studying the mechanisms of pain catastrophizing treatment, including the treatment class she developed. She has also developed a novel pre-surgical pain psychology treatment that can be delivered over the internet to patients before surgery as a pathway to reduce distress and optimize post-surgical healing and recovery (currently being tested in women undergoing surgery for breast cancer).

Her clinical practice, research and public education are designed to expand access to low-cost, high-quality treatment for pain. For example, she has developed and delivers free pain treatment classes to reduce treatment costs, uses internet and mobile device treatment delivery platforms to reduce travel burden for patients, authors free pain education blogs, and authors affordable treatment books.

She is Co-Chair of the Pain Psychology Task Force at the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and is a recipient of the Presidential Commendation from the American Academy of Pain Medicine (2015).

Her main passion is empowering people with chronic pain to harness the power of their mind-body connection to reduce symptoms, optimize health, and increase quality of life. She is author of "Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the Dangers of Prescription Opioids and Gain Control Over Chronic Pain" © 2014 and "The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit" © 2016. She blogs at "Psychology Today" and "The Huffington Post - Canada" on the topics of pain psychology and pain treatment.
Twitter: @bethdarnall

Pain Management Center

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Pavilion A, 1st Floor
  • Redwood City , CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-723-6238
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Professional Education

  • Fellowship: The Johns Hopkins University (2004) MD
  • Internship: Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System (2002) AZ
  • Medical Education: University of Colorado at Boulder (2002) CO
  • MA, University of Colorado at Boulder, Clinical Psychology (1998)
  • PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder, Clinical Psychology (2002)
  • Post-Doc, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Rehabilitation Psychology (2004)

Honors & Awards

  • 2015 Presidential Commendation, American Academy of Pain Medicine (2015)
  • Elected Member, Association of University Anesthesiologists (2016)

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