Rachel Zoffness PhD

Pain Psychologist


Dr. Rachel Zoffness is a pain & health psychologist, medical consultant, author, and speaker. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine, where she teaches pain neuroscience. Dr. Z is an expert on nonpharmacological approaches to pain management and the neurobiological, emotional, and cognitive aspects of pain. She is the Co-President of the American Association of Pain Psychology, serves on the board of the Society of Pediatric Pain Medicine, and is a 2021 Mayday Fellow. She is the author of The Chronic Pain & Illness Workbook for Teens, the  Pain Management Workbook for adults, and writes the Psychology Today column Pain, Explained. She was trained at Brown, Columbia, NYU, SDSU, UCSD, and Mt. Sinai-St. Luke's hospital. Dr. Z previously taught science at the Bronx Zoo and is a dedicated butterfly-chaser. 


Dr. Zoffness leads Pain Science Workshops for health providers of all disciplines. Applicants can inquire here. She also hosts a happy hour for healthcare providers during COVID-19.


Dr. Zoffness provides Grand Rounds, consultations, lectures, and trainings for hospitals and clinics around the world, and maintains a private practice. For inquiries and interviews, contact her here.


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The Chronic Pain & Illness Workbook for Teens 



"This workbook is stronger and more effective than any medication I know of for treating chronic pain."

- L. Stephen Long MD, Medical Director of Complex Pain, UCSF-Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland


The Pain Management Workbook



"The Pain Management Workbook is an unmatched resource for pain sufferers. This brilliantly lucid book is written in an easily-comprehensible

conversational style that is unlike any other, and fills a huge void  in the understanding of Pain. Dr Zoffness' book will become a standard text offering millions of pain sufferers the tools to manage their pain. "


- Jack Stern MD PhD, Professor of Neurosurgery at NY Medical College; Author of Ending Back Pain; Past-President of the Board of Governors, Albert Einstein College of Medicine