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Meet Dr. Zoffness

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Professional Background

Dr. Rachel Zoffness is a pain and health psychologist, thought-leader, and leading global pain expert. She's a Visiting Professor at Stanford and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine, where she teaches pain education for residents. She also serves as pain education faculty at Dartmouth, and is a Mayday Fellow.

Dr. Zoffness is the author of The Pain Management Workbook, a guide for healthcare providers and adults living with chronic pain; and The Chronic Pain and Illness Workbook for Teens, the first pain workbook for youth. She writes the Psychology Today column “Pain, Explained.” Dr. Zoffness serves on the Board of Directors of the US Association of the Study of Pain, and the Society of Pediatric Pain Medicine. She lectures and consults on the development of integrative pain programs around the world.

Dr. Zoffness is a medical educator and disruptor, revolutionizing the way we understand and treat pain. She recently joined Dr. Zubin Damania as co-host of the monthly ZDoggMD podcast Pain Points. Her episode of Ologies, Dolorology, went viral, reaching 1/4 million within weeks of its release.

Dr. Zoffness trained at Brown University, Columbia University, NYU, UCSD, SDSU, and Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC. She is a former educator at the Bronx Zoo/ Wildlife Conservation Society, and is a dedicated butterfly-chaser.

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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
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


BA, Human Biology: Brain and Behavior | Brown University
MA, Psychology and Education | Columbia University
MS, Clinical Psychology | San Diego State University
PhD, Clinical Psychology | University of California San Diego
Internship | Mt. Sinai Hospital
Post-Doctoral Fellowship | Wright Institute CBT Clinic
Post-Doctoral Fellowship | The Mindful Center

“It’s easy to believe that pain lives exclusively in the body, in the part that hurts. But neuroscience tells us that pain is actually constructed by the brain.” - Rachel Zoffness, PhD

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