Beth Darnall, Ph.D.

Beth Darnall, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, OHSU Department of Anesthesiology and
Peri-Operative Medicine


Dr. Darnall received her doctoral training at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and completed her clinical residency at the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Dr. Darnall completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Darnall joined the Comprehensive Pain Center in 2005 as a licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Darnall is a pain psychologist at the Comprehensive Pain Center in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at OHSU. Dr. Darnall primarily works with patients who have chronic pain of all types. As part of a multidisciplinary treatment team, one of Dr. Darnall's main roles is to help patients learn ways to better manage their pain, so that they need less medication and fewer visits to doctors. Dr. Darnall also helps patients learn improved coping, adjustment, and acceptance strategies so they may maximize the quality of their lives. Dr. Darnall treats patients individually and in group format. On a monthly basis, Dr. Darnall delivers pain management skills classes through the Comprehensive Pain Center.

Dr. Darnall is a member of the American Pain Society, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the Oregon Pain Society, the Oregon Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association and is a recognized member of the National Register for Health Care Providers in Psychology.

Research, Clinical, Education

Currrent Extramurally Funded Research:
Dr. Darnall's research is currently funded by an institutional award from the NIH Office for Research on Women’s Health (BIRCWH K-12). Mainly, her research is focused on understanding mechanisms of pain in women, and on improving pain treatment for women with chronic pain. Dr. Darnall is the principal investigator for several active research projects that focus on the following topics: delivering behavioral pain treatment to incarcerated women with chronic pain and substance abuse, self-delivered home-based mirror therapy for phantom pain, examining psychosocial predictors for labor outcomes in healthy nulliparous women, and examining pain catastrophizing as a cause for systemic inflammation in women with chronic pain. In 2006 she was a recipient of the “Future Leader in Pain Research” award by the American Pain Society.

OHSU Psychologist
Adults, Pain
Intervention Research
Alcoholism/Drug Addiction
Behavioral Health/Health Psychology