Rachel's latest appearance on Zdogg's Podcast was 7/21/21

Meet Dr. Zoffness

Dr. Rachel Zoffness giving a talk

Professional Background

Dr. Rachel Zoffness is a leading global pain expert, pain psychologist, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine, where she teaches pain education for medical residents. She serves as pain education faculty at Dartmouth, and completed a visiting professorship at Stanford University.

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 also writes the Psychology Today column “Pain, Explained.” Dr. Zoffness is the Co-President of the American Association of Pain Psychology, and serves on the board of directors for the Society of Pediatric Pain Medicine. She is a 2021 Mayday Fellow and consults on the development of integrative pain programs around the world.

Dr. Zoffness was trained at Brown University, Columbia University, University of California San Diego, NYU, the Mindful Center, and Mt. Sinai-St. Luke's Hospital in NYC. She is a former educator at the Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society and a dedicated butterfly-chaser.

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Pain WorkbookWorkbook for teens

Treatment Guides
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Affordable, evidence-based treatment guides
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-St. Luke’s 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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