Dr Beth Darnall PhD
Principal Investigator, Stanford PCORI Project on Opioid and Pain Reduction (the EMPOWER study);
Clinical Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology,
Perioperative and Pain Medicine, California, USA
Beth Darnall, PhD is Associate Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine. She leads NIH and PCORI-funded clinical trials that broadly investigate behavioral medicine for acute and chronic pain, including a $9M multi-state trial on voluntary patient-centered prescription opioid reduction. Her team develops and investigates pain treatments that are scalable, effective, and low burden. Her single-session behavioral pain medicine class, Empowered ReliefTM is available in two languages and in healthcare systems throughout the U.S., and in Australia, U.K., Denmark and Canada. She twice briefed the U.S. Congress on the opioid and pain crises. Her work has been featured in Scientific American, NPR Radio, BBC Radio, and Nature. In 2018 she spoke on the psychology of pain relief at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.