Chronic pain is emerging as one the most misunderstood aspects of the human experience. Owing to this misunderstanding, there is often needless suffering as a function of many clients and clinicians not understanding the central role psychological processes can play in the experience of many types of chronic pain. Clinical psychologist and researcher, Dr. Yoni Ashar, joins us for a fascinating discussion focused on understanding chronic pain from the lens of Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT). In this discussion we cover:
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Dr. Ashar studies the brain, pain, and emotion. He is a postdoctoral associate at Weill Cornell Medical College, and he completed his doctorate in clinical psychology and neuroscience from the University of Colorado Boulder, under the mentorship of Drs. Sona Dimidjian and Tor Wager. Dr. Ashar's current focus is on psychological treatments for chronic pain. Other research areas include brain mechanisms of placebo effects, meditation, and empathy, using functional MRI and machine learning. His research seeks to understand how our thoughts and behaviors influence our health and to create neuroimaging research products with clinical applications.