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Jennifer A Haythornthwaite, M.A., Ph.D.

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Director, The Center for Mind-Body Research

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Expertise: Behavioral Medicine, Chronic Pain, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Pain Management, Psychologist

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  • Director, The Center for Mind-Body Research
  • Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Professor of Medicine



  • Intramural Research Program (1992)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

My primary academic interests lie in the broad area of Behavioral Medicine and particularly in the area of clinical pain research.  My work has focused on the study of psychosocial aspects of pain, particularly the impact of negative emotions and pain coping strategies on the experience of pain and adjustment to chronic pain. My recent work examines pain-related catastrophizing and sleep disturbance as risk factors for persistent pain and pain-related disability.


Selected Publications

1. Goyal M, Singh S, Sibinga EM, Gould NF, Rowland-Seymour A, Sharma R, Berger Z, Sleicher D, Maron DD, Shihab HM, Ranasinghe PD, Linn S, Saha S, Bass EB, Haythornthwaite JA. Meditation programs for psychological stress and well-being: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(3):357-68. PMID: 24395196

2. Wideman TH, Finan PH, Edwards RR, Quartana PJ, Buenaver LF, Haythornthwaite JA, Smith MT. Increased sensitivity to physical activity among individuals with knee osteoarthritis: Relation to pain outcomes, psychological factors, and responses to quantitative sensory testing. Pain. 2013, 155(4):703-11. PMID: 24378879

3. Haywood C Jr, Diener-West M, Strouse J, Carroll CP, Bediako S, Lanzkron S, Haythornthwaite J, Onojobi G, Beach MC; IMPORT Investigators. Perceived Discrimination in Health Care is Associated with a Greater Burden of Pain in Sickle Cell Disease. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2014 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24742787

4. Campbell CM, Bounds SC, Kuwabara H, Edwards RR, Campbell JN, Haythornthwaite JA, Smith MT. Individual Variation in Sleep Quality and Duration Is Related to Cerebral Mu Opioid Receptor Binding Potential during Tonic Laboratory Pain in Healthy Subjects. Pain Med. 2013 Sep 18. doi: 10.1111/pme.12231. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24102962

5. Reese JB, Porter LS, Regan KR, Keefe FJ, Azad NS, Diaz LA, Herman JM, Haythornthwaite JA. A randomized pilot trial of a telephone-based couples intervention for physical intimacy and sexual concerns in colorectal cancer. Psychooncology. 2014 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24615831

6. Finan PH, Buenaver LF, Bounds SC, Hussain S, Park RJ, Haque UJ, Campbell CM, Haythornthwaite JA, Edwards RR, Smith MT. Quantitative sensory tests of central sensitization are associated with discordance between pain and radiographic severity in knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 2012; 65:363-372. PMID: 22961435

7. Buenaver LF, Quartana PJ, Grace EG, Sarlani E, Simango M, Edwards RR, Haythornthwaite JA, Smith MT. Evidence for indirect effects of pain catastrophizing on clinical pain among myofascial temporomandibular disorder participants: the mediating role of sleep disturbance. Pain. 2012 Jun;153:1159-1166. Epub 2012 Mar 12. PMID: 22417656

8. Edwards RR, Cahalan C, Mensing G, Smith M, Haythornthwaite JA. Pain, catastrophizing, and depression in the rheumatic diseases. Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2011 Apr;7(4):216-24. Epub 2011 Feb 1. PMID: 21283147

9. Campbell CM, Quartana PJ, Buenaver LF, Haythornthwaite JA, Edwards RR. Changes in situation-specific pain catastrophizing precede changes in pain report during capsaicin pain: a cross-lagged panel analysis among healthy, pain-free participants. J Pain. 2010 Sep;11(9):876-84. Epub 2010 May 21. PMID: 20488760

10. Campbell CM, Kronfli T, Buenaver LF, Smith MT, Berna C, Haythornthwaite JA, Edwards RR. Situational versus dispositional measurement of catastrophizing: Associations with pain responses in multiple samples. J of Pain, 2010, 11(5):443-453. PMID: 20439057.

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