Judith Turner, PhD

Personal Statement

I received a PhD in clinical psychology from UCLA, then completed post-doctoral training in pain and geriatrics at the University of Washington. Since 1980, I have served on the faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine. I work clinically with patients with chronic pain at the UW Medicine Center for Pain Relief. My research interests include clinical trials of medical, surgical, and psychosocial interventions for chronic pain; prediction of pain outcomes; and  long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain. I have published over 230 peer-reviewed articles related to chronic pain studies and am internationally recognized for this research (e.g., Wilbert E. Fordyce Clinical Investigator award from the American Pain Society for contributions to clinical pain research, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine prize for clinical pain research).  I have had leadership roles in national and international professional organizations related to pain, including having served as President of the International Association for the Study of Pain.


Geriatric Fellowship, University of Washington, 1979-1980
PhD, UCLA, 1979
BA, Vanderbilt University, 1974

Other Affiliations

Center for Pain Relief, University of Washington

Teaching Philosophy

​Individuals learn best in an interactive teaching environment, with an emphasis on discussion and skills rehearsal rather than didactic lectures.

Recent Publications

Providing Epidemiologic Data in Lumbar Spine Imaging Reports Did Not Affect Subsequent Utilization of Spine Procedures: Secondary Outcomes from a Stepped-Wedge Randomized Controlled Trial.
(2021 Feb 17)
Pain Med
Suri P, Meier EN, Gold LS, Marcum ZA, Johnston SK, James KT, Bresnahan BW, O'Reilly M, Turner JA, Kallmes DF, Sherman KJ, Deyo RA, Luetmer PH, Avins AL, Griffith B, Heagerty PJ, Rundell SD, Jarvik JG, Friedly JL

Effects of Including Epidemiologic Data in Lumbar Spine Imaging Reports on Prescribing Non-Opioid Medications for Pain.
(2021 Feb 8)
J Gen Intern Med
Marcum ZA, Gold LS, James KT, Meier EN, Turner JA, Kallmes DF, Cherkin DC, Deyo RA, Sherman KJ, Luetmer PH, Avins AL, Griffith B, Friedly JL, Suri P, Heagerty PJ, Jarvik JG

The Effect of Including Benchmark Prevalence Data of Common Imaging Findings in Spine Image Reports on Health Care Utilization Among Adults Undergoing Spine Imaging: A Stepped-Wedge Randomized Clinical Trial.
(2020 Sep 1)
JAMA Netw Open 3(9): e2015713
Jarvik JG, Meier EN, James KT, Gold LS, Tan KW, Kessler LG, Suri P, Kallmes DF, Cherkin DC, Deyo RA, Sherman KJ, Halabi SS, Comstock BA, Luetmer PH, Avins AL, Rundell SD, Griffith B, Friedly JL, Lavallee DC, Stephens KA, Turner JA, Bresnahan BW, Heagerty PJ

Four decades later: what's new, what's not in our understanding of pain.
(2020 Sep 1)
Pain 161(9): 1943-1944
Turner JA, Arendt-Nielsen L

The Benefits of T'ai Chi for Older Adults with Chronic Back Pain: A Qualitative Study.
(2020 Jun)
J Altern Complement Med 26(6): 456-462
Lee TL, Sherman KJ, Hawkes RJ, Phelan EA, Turner JA

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