About the author
Beverly E. Thorn, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Psychology at the University of Alabama, where she was on the faculty for 30 years, serving as Director of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program for 15 years and Department Chair for a 5-year term. She received her Ph.D. in bio-clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University in 1980, satisfying the degree requirements for a doctorate in clinical psychology as well as physiological psychology. She is a licensed psychologist, and board certified in Clinical Health Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Societies for Health Psychology (Division 38 of the American Psychological Association), Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of the American Psychological Association), and of the Society for Behavioral Medicine. She is on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, including Health Psychology, Pain, Journal of Pain, and European Journal of Pain. Dr. Thorn’s research has focused on investigating the important components of cognitive-behavioral treatment for chronic painful conditions. Dr. Thorn has held research grants from the National Institutes of Health as well as private foundations, and she is currently funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Since her official retirement in September 2016, she has remained professionally active, focusing her research and clinical efforts on dissemination and implementation of cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain in low-income, multiply disadvantaged populations. She also consults with health care settings to help train behavioral health providers to implement cognitive-behavioral therapy for pain management.