Rachel Zoffness PhD

Pain Psychologist


Dr. Rachel Zoffness is a pain & health psychologist, medical consultant, author, speaker, and expert on nonpharmacological approaches to pain management. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine, where she teaches pain education for medical residents, and serves as pain education faculty at Dartmouth. 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 Pain Management Workbook, a treatment guide for adults, and The Chronic Pain & Illness Workbook for Teens,  the first pain workbook for kids.  She also writes the Psychology Today column Pain, Explained. Dr. Zoffness was trained at Brown, Columbia, NYU, UCSD, SDSU, and Mt. Sinai-St. Luke's hospital. She previously taught science at the Bronx Zoo and is a dedicated butterfly-chaser. 


Join Dr. Zoffness's Pain Science Workshops here

Join the pain science happy hour for healthcare providers here.


Dr. Zoffness is a regular guest on podcasts, radio shows, and at conferences. She provides consultations, lectures, Grand Rounds, and trainings for hospitals and clinics around the world, and maintains a small private practice. For inquiries and interviews, click here.


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The Pain Management Workbook



"The Pain Management Workbook is an unmatched resource for pain sufferers. This brilliantly lucid book... 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

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