Company Name:

Stanford University


Stanford, California

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Adult Psychology, Clinical Psychology

Work Setting:


Position Type:

Full Time

Date Posted:

January 17, 2019

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Pain Psychologist

We are seeking a licensed or license-eligible Psychologist with expertise and experience in pain management to join our comprehensive, interdisciplinary team.

Stanford Pain Management Center (SPMC; is a major tertiary pain center in Northern California. We employ a coordinated, comprehensive biopsychosocial approach to evaluating and treating complex acute, chronic, and cancer pain conditions. Our team includes physicians, psychologists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, complementary medicine specialists, nurses, and complex care managers. Almost daily, multidisciplinary team conferences synthesize team members’ expertise. Treatment modalities we use include: (1) pharmacologic (opioid and non-opioid, continuous infusions); (2) psychological/behavioral; (3) interventional (ranging from injections to implantable therapies); (4) rehabilitation and reconditioning (see above); (5) complementary medicine (acupuncture, meditation and nutrition supplements); (6) self-management programs; (7) novel therapies (e.g. transcranial magnetic stimulation; a free single-session catastrophizing class; multiple pain psychology and combined pain psychology/physical therapy groups); (8) free patient support groups and (9) a novel inpatient chronic pain program.

SPMC uses a novel open-source learning health care systems platform (CHOIR; to aid in evaluating and tracking all patients’ outcomes across multiple dimensions of physical, psychological and social functioning. The SPMC integrates with the broader Stanford Pain Division’s active NIH and PCORI funded research efforts. We also have one of the few Pain Psychology Fellowship training programs to train the next generation of Pain Psychologists. Our comprehensive coordinated outcomes-based approach has twice been acknowledged with American Pain Society Clinical Center of Excellence Awards. We are looking for current and future leaders in Pain Psychology.

The roles and responsibilities will include:

  • Providing psychology evaluations and treatment
  • Patient education
  • Collaboration and effective communication with our interdisciplinary team
  • Timely documentation
  • Programmatic development and implementation
  • Supervision of trainees (pain psychology and pain medicine fellows)

We are seeking people who wish to innovate and help us advance our clinical, research and educational missions. Those with research interest and experience and/or desiring to build a research program is always valued but not necessary. Experience in pain management is required. Those with behavioral medicine expertise in other areas may be considered.


  • Doctorate in psychology or related field
  • Licensed psychologist in the state of California or CA license eligible

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