Beth Darnall, PhD

Director, Stanford Pain Relief Innovations Lab Associate Professor

Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Beth Darnall, PhD is Associate Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine where she directs the Stanford Pain Relief Innovations Lab. Her team’s pain treatment research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Dr. Darnall has twice briefed the U.S. Congress and the FDA on the need for patient-centered pain care and opioid stewardship. She is a scientific member of the NIH Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, and served as a scientific member of the CDC Opioid Workgroup. She is Chief Science Advisor for AppliedVR and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Her work has been featured in outlets such as Scientific American, NPR Radio, BBC Radio, and Nature. She has authored five books for patients and clinicians, and is the creator of Empowered ReliefTM, a single-session evidence-based pain relief skills class that is available in 12 countries and 6 languages. In 2018 she spoke on the psychology of pain relief at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


The Patient at the Center:  Transformative Innovations in Pain Care

Presented by Beth Darnall, PhD, Andrea Anderson at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, November 16th.

"This session will focus on two key themes: (1) expanding access to effective behavioral pain care and (2) patient-centered approaches to opioid prescribing and deprescribing. For both themes, healthcare systems must center on meeting patients’ needs broadly, reducing stigma and care disparities, and protecting the individual from homogeneous policies that confer new health risks to…