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IASP Pain, Mind & Movement Special Interest Group Virtual Seminar: Interfacing Evidence and Clinical Practice

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  • Neil O’Connell, PhD

    Dr. Neil O’Connell, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy in Brunel University, London, UK. He divides his time between research and teaching and previously worked extensively as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist. Neil's research interests are the evidence-based management of persistent pain and he has published extensively in this area. He leads modules in the principles and practice of evidence based healthcare for pre- and post-graduate clinicians. Neil is an editor for the Cochrane Pain, Palliative, and Supportive Care (PaPaS) group, was a member of the Guideline Development Group for the UK's National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 2016 guideline for the management of low back pain and sciatica and was a specialist committee member for the NICE Quality Standard on that topic. He was also a senior editor and wrote extensively for the pain science blog Body in Mind.

  • Johan W.S. Vlaeyen, PhD

    Johan W.S. Vlaeyen, PhD, is full professor at the Universities of Leuven (Belgium) and Maastricht (Netherlands). His main research interests/expertise are the behavioral, cognitive and motivational mechanisms underlying the transition from common acute aversive sensations (pain, fatigue, tinnitus) to chronic bodily symptoms and disability. His experimental work includes research on the acquisition of fear of pain through direct experience, observational learning, and verbal-symbolic learning. He and his team study the role of unpredictability on the generalization of bodily symptoms and illness behaviors, with a special attention to the competition between avoidance versus reward seeking tendencies. Johan Vlaeyen highly values translational research, and he and his team have developed customized cognitive-behavioral management strategies for individuals suffering chronic bodily symptoms and utilized replicated single-case experimental designs to evaluate the effects of these interventions. He has published more than 300 papers in international journals. He is principal author of the book “Pain-related Fear: Exposure-based Treatment of Chronic Pain” (IASP Press 2012), and co-editor of the book “Fordyce’s Behavioral Methods for Chronic Pain and Illness republished with invited commentaries” (IASP Press 2014).

  • Laura E. Simons, PhD

    Laura Simons, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and a clinical psychologist who evaluates children and adolescents presenting with chronic pain in the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic at Stanford Children’s Health. Her patient-oriented research spans translating targeted biopsychosocial assessments into mechanistically informed treatment approaches for optimal clinical care, coupled with pain neuroscience psychology that leverages experimental and neuroimaging methods to gain a mechanistic understanding of cognitive and affective processes that coalesce with function in children with chronic pain and their parents. All projects leverage the ubiquity of digital health to enhance patient access and reach.

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October 13, 2021
Wed 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 15M

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