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Our Treatments Works: Guiding Individuals to Be Open to Nonpharmacological Pain Management.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
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Enhancing Credibility in Pain Psychology Among Patients and Providers


Alina Stevenson, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the area of health psychology and pain medicine. Dr. Stevenson works with a multi-disciplinary team to help patients cope with the emotional impact of chronic pain, feel more in command of their health, discover non-pharmacological treatment options for chronic pain and enable them to live as full of a life as possible.

As an active participant in Pain Management Clinical Services at Beaumont Health, Dr. Stevenson provides system-wide pain management education from an interdisciplinary perspective to various groups of medical professionals, and to medical students through the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. 

Dr. Stevenson is a recipient of a Beaumont grant to study the impact of an interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation program developed at Beaumont Health to address the unique treatment needs of individuals with chronic pain conditions.

Dr. Stevenson is a member of the Midwest Pain Society and participated in Acceptance Commitment Therapy trainings, an evidence based treatment for chronic pain.   Dr. Stevenson has been with the Beaumont Center for Pain Medicine since June 2012.

Julia Craner Cooper, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Craner Cooper is a pain psychologist at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. She is board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She also has an academic appointment as an adjunct assistant professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Craner Cooper completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology the University of Maine, internship at the VA Healthcare System, and postdoctoral fellowship in health psychology at the Mayo Clinic. Her professional and research interests include pain rehabilitation, interdisciplinary care, somatic symptoms, anxiety, and women’s health issues. 

Dr. Olga Slavin-Spenny earned her doctorate from Wayne State University. She completed her internship in Health Psychology at Henry Ford Hospital, and a fellowship at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. She works at the Mary Free Bed Pain Rehabilitation Program in Novi, MI, where she specializes in working with patients with chronic pain in an interdisciplinary setting.

Emily Foxen-Craft, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the division of Pediatric Psychology in the department of Pediatrics. Dr. Foxen-Craft received her bachelor's degree from McGill University and master's and doctorate from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, focusing on mechanisms of increasing children's and young adults' pain tolerance. Following clinical internship at Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit in pediatric psychology and neuropsychology, Dr. Foxen-Craft completed fellowship at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in pediatric pain psychology. Dr. Foxen-Craft joined the faculty to focus on pediatric pain psychology and work with the MiPAIN team, which provides interdisciplinary comprehensive services to children and adolescents with chronic pain. Empirically supported psychology services for pediatric chronic pain typically delivered include biofeedback and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Dr. Foxen-Craft's primary research involves examining the effect of physical activity on preventing and treating chronic pain. Additional research interests include measurement of pain and treatment outcomes.


Learning Objectives:

Understand the concept of credibility and rationale for pain psychology
Understand barriers to perceptions of effectiveness of pain psychology
Improve use of effective communication techniques to enhance credibility of pain psychology
1 CE in Pain will be offered.