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April 17, 2018

Robert Kerns, PhD: Researching Nondrug Approaches to Pain Management

JAMA. 2018;319(15):1535-1537. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.0247

Robert Kerns, PhD, has spent the better part of 4 decades treating and studying pain in veterans and military service members. Kerns is a clinical psychologist and a professor of psychiatry, neurology, and psychology at Yale University. He opened an interdisciplinary pain management center for veterans at the Yale-affiliated Veterans Affairs (VA) Connecticut Healthcare System in 1980, where he’s still a research psychologist. In 2006, he became the VA’s first national program director for pain management, a position he left in 2016.