Thursday, February 27 (6)

12:30-1:30 PM

Emerging Trends in Migraine Diagnosis and Treatment

Educational Objectives

After attending this symposium, participants should be better able to:

  • Explore the underlying biology that establishes migraine as a neurological disease
  • Understand the impact of migraine on patients’ daily lives
  • Understand how to diagnose and classify migraine


This presentation will discuss migraine diagnosis, classification and treatment as well as migraine-associated patient burden.

Activity sponsored by: Novartis

3:45 PM-5:00 PM

General Session I Featured

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.

Tim Lamer

Francis Keefe


Patrick Tighe

8:00 AM–3:30 PM

Integrating Behavioral Pain Medicine into Patient Care: Science, Practice, and Innovations (003) Featured

A recording of this preconference course is now available on demand in the AAPM Education Center


A full-day behavioral pain medicine workshop with some of the most prominent experts in the field. Presentations feature the state of the science, practice, and innovations. Participants will acquire actionable assessment skills, knowledge across a range of key topics, practical handouts, resources and tip sheets on behavioral medicine integration. This workshop is suitable for medical professionals who wish to better understand salient factors impacting their patients with pain, as well as for mental health professionals who want more experience in pain treatment. Featured workshop speaker: Dr. Franke Keefe


Tim Lamer

Behavioral Pain Medicine: Challenges and Opportunities

Beth Darnall

Placebo and Expectations

Luana Colloca

Measurement of Highest Yield Psychological Factors

Daniel Bruns

Behavioral Interventions for Pain: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?

Francis Keefe

Treatment of Depression and Anxiety Disorders

Ajay Wasan

Diagnosing Addiction in Patients on Prescribed Opioids

Edward Covington

Yes, We Do That Too: The Many Roles for Pain Psychologists

Judith Scheman

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the role of psychological factors in the experience and treatment of pain.
  • List 3 novel future directions for behavioral pain medicine and list 2 key assessment tools for behavioral specialists who treat pain.
  • Discuss the role of placebo and nocebo in the experience and treatment of pain.
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