Beth D. Darnall, PhDStanford University

Beth Darnall, PhD is Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University. She is principal investigator for $13M in federally funded research projects on pain and opioid reduction. She investigates patient-centered outpatient opioid tapering, mechanisms of pain catastrophizing, targeted pain psychology treatments she has developed, prevention of post-surgical pain. She delivers pain psychology and opioid reduction lectures and workshops nationally and internationally. She has authored 3 books: The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit © 2016; Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the dangers of prescription opioids and gain control over chronic pain ©2014; and Psychological Treatment for Chronic Pain ©2018 (American Psychological Association Press). In 2018, she presented on 'The Psychology of Pain Relief' at the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She is the former Co-Chair of the AAPM Pain Psychology Task Force, and in 2015 received a Presidential Commendation from AAPM. She has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, Forbes, Scientific American Mind, The Washington Post, BBC Radio and TIME Magazine.