Robert Kerns, PhD: Researching Non-drug Approaches to Pain Management

April 17, 2018

Jennifer Abbasi


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.

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