Dr. Rachel Zoffness is a leading global pain expert and thought-leader revolutionizing the way we understand and treat pain. She is a pain and health psychologist, Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine, lectures at Stanford University, and is a Mayday Fellow.
A medical educator and disruptor, Dr. Zoffness is a regular on popular podcasts and healthcare shows. Her episodes on The New York Times' Ezra Klein Show
, Ologies (Dolorology)
, ZDoggMD, and The Jordan Harbinger Show are viral sensations with over 6 million views and downloads. She trains leaders in pain medicine and is regular speaker at hospital Grand Rounds and international conferences.
Dr. Zoffness is the author of The Pain Management Workbook
, a revolutionary treatment guide for healthcare providers and adults living with pain. She also wrote The Chronic Pain and Illness Workbook for Teens
, the first pain workbook for youth. She is a columnist for Psychology Today and writes the column Pain, Explained.
Dr. Zoffness serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Association of the Study of Pain and consults on the development of integrative pain programs around the world.
Dr. Zoffness was trained at Brown University, where she majored in Human Biology: Brain and Behavior and conducted her honors thesis on pain neuroscience. She earned a Masters degree in Psychology at Columbia University, a second Masters at SDSU, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology at UCSD. Dr. Z completed additional pre- and post-doctoral training at NYU, Rockefeller University, and Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC. She is a former science writer for Natural History
magazine and is a dedicated butterfly-chaser.