Prof. Beth Darnall

Beth Darnall, PhD is Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine where she directs the Stanford Pain Relief Innovations Lab. Her pain treatment research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Her work involves brief, digital, scalable and home-based analgesic interventions. She is creator of Empowered Relief, an evidence-based 1-session skills-based intervention for acute/surgical pain and chronic pain that is delivered in 22 countries and 7 languages. Darnall has three times briefed the U.S. Congress and the FDA on patient-centered pain care, opioid stewardship, and patient-centered opioid tapering. She is a scientific member of the NIH Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, and served as a scientific member of the CDC Opioid Workgroup (2021). She is Chief Science Advisor for AppliedVR, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and is on the Medical Advisory Board of the Facial Pain Association. Her work has been featured in outlets such as Scientific American, The Guardian (Australia), NPR Radio, BBC Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Nature. She has authored five books for patients and clinicians. In 2018 she spoke on the psychology of pain relief at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 

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