A special issue of “American Psychologist,” the leading journal in the field of psychology published by the American Psychological Association, was recently published that focused on the ongoing public health crises of chronic pain and harms related to opioids. The issue was guest edited by Robert Kerns, PhD, one of the program directors of the Pain Management Collaboratory Coordinating Center, and Tonya Palermo, PhD, from the University of Washington and the Seattle Children’s Research Institute. The issue includes articles related to addressing and assessing risk factors for chronic pain and opioid misuse and articles related to psychological and integrated treatment approaches to pain management and opioid-risk mitigation. The article also highlights the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Initiative – a cross-NIH effort to improve pain management and strategies to mitigate opioid misuse.
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