Beth Darnall, PhD is Associate Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine.


Dr. Darnall is principal investigator for NIH and PCORI-funded clinical trials that broadly investigate behavioral medicine and self-management strategies for acute and chronic pain, and voluntary patient-centered prescription opioid reduction. She has authored/co-authored 5 books for patients and clinicians. Recent research investigates digital interventions and virtual reality for perioperative and chronic pain. She is the chief science advisor for AppliedVR.

In 2018, she briefed the U.S. Congress on the opioid and pain crises, and in 2019 provided invited testimony to the FDA on iatrogenic harms from forced opioid tapering. Her work has been featured in Scientific American, NPR Radio, BBC Radio, JAMA Internal Medicine and Nature. In 2018, she spoke on the psychology of pain relief at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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