Beverly Thorn, PhD, is Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Thorn is a psychologist who studies how to assess and treat pain, health behaviors, and living with chronic illness. Recently, she and her colleagues reported the results of a clinical trial examining cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat chronic pain in disadvantaged populations.
In this RELIEF podcast, neuroscientist and science journalist Stephani Sutherland caught up with Thorn at March’s annual meeting of the American Pain Society (APS) to discuss her recent clinical trial as well as other areas of pain psychology. (APS brings together scientists, doctors, and other professionals to increase knowledge of pain and transform public policy and clinical practice to reduce suffering from pain. At the society’s annual meeting, Thorn won the Wilbert E. Fordyce Clinical Investigator Award, which recognizes and honors career achievement by pain researchers who do human studies).
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