3:45 PM-5:00 PM Thursday, February 27

General Session I

Annual Meeting Opening & Presidential Remarks (101A)

Tim Lamer

Coping with Persistent Pain: Current State of the Science (101B)

Francis Keefe

When pain persists there are many opportunities for it to affect and be affected by cognitive-behavioral and social factors. The goal of this presentation is to highlight the state-of-the-science in this emerging research area by highlighting key concepts and research studies. The presentation is divided into four sections. The first section provides a conceptual background on coping with persistent pain and provides an update on developments in models of pain coping. The second section highlights key domains that have been shown to be helpful in understanding variations in how people cope with pain. These include both the cognitive-behavioral domain (e.g. self-efficacy, pain acceptance, fear of pain, pain catastrophizing, the meaning of pain) and social domain (e.g. social support, invalidation, pain communication). The third section describes and analyzes psychosocial protocols focused on enhancing patients’ abilities to cope with and deal with pain (e.g. training in pain coping skills, mindfulness training, acceptance-based approaches, partner-assisted approaches, and couples-based interventions). The final section highlights important directions for future research in this area, e.g. novel ways of disseminating behavioral treatments and strategies for training non-psychology professionals in delivering psychosocial treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define advances in stress and coping theory and research that inform current perspectives on the behavioral assessment and treatment of pain.
  • Examine the role that key psychosocial variables play in shaping how individuals adjust to persistent pain.
  • Discuss the rationale and key treatment components of a variety of behavioral treatment protocols for managing pain.
  • Discuss research avenues that promise to extend the reach and impact of behavioral pain management approaches.

Patrick Tighe


Tim Lamer

Francis Keefe

8:45 AM-10:00 AM Friday, February 28

General Session II

Pain Management in Special Populations (103A)


Pain Management in Athletes

Brian Hainline

Pain is a common problem in athletes and often results from sport injury. Both pain and injury interfere with athletic performance and quality of life. Injury is too often pre-supposed as the causal mechanism of pain, but pain in athletes often results from a breakdown in periodization and the kinetic chain continuum, and is influenced by psychosocial stressors. This session will focus on the relationships and differences between pain and injury in athletes, and will provide a broad management strategy, the foundation of which includes defining the nature of pain, assessing the kinetic chain continuum and training schedule, and appreciating the role of psychosocial influencers. Non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic strategies will be described.

Pain Management in Dogs and Cats: Implications for Treating People

Mark Epstein

This session will also examine the One Pain concept, including the translational impact (and prospects) of animal pain as encountered in veterinary medicine and the relationship to its human counterpart in the research and clinical settings. Discussions will include recognition and assessment of pain in animals; an emerging focus on natural models of painful conditions in animals to analogous conditions in humans, the impact of the opioid crisis in veterinary medicine, veterinary organizations, initiatives, and guidelines focused on animal pain, a snapshot of pain management strategies that can be found in primary care veterinary settings, and emerging directions.

AAPM Awards Presentation (103B)

Tim Lamer

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