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

Mortality with concurrent treatment with gabapentin and opioids among people with spine diagnoses in the U.S. Medicare population: a propensity-matched cohort study.
(2024 Apr 29)
Gold LS, Heagerty PJ, Hansen RN, Friedly JL, Johnston SK, Deyo RA, Curatolo M, Turner JA, Rundell SD, Wysham K, Jarvik JG, Suri P

Educational initiatives and achievements of the International Association for the Study of Pain.
(2023 Nov 1)
Pain 164(11S): S6-S10
Nicholas MK, Cardosa M, Turner J

STRategies to Improve Pain and Enjoy life (STRIPE): results of a pragmatic randomized trial of pain coping skills training and opioid medication taper guidance for patients on long-term opioid therapy.
(2023 Dec 1)
Pain 164(12): 2852-2864
Wartko PD, Krakauer C, Turner JA, Cook AJ, Boudreau DM, Sullivan MD

Treatment With Opioids Is Not Associated With Poor Outcomes Among Older Adults With Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Receiving Epidural Injections.
(2023 Apr 1)
Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 48(7): 445-451
Kolodge G, Gold LS, Jarvik JG, Turner J, Hansen RN, Heagerty PJ, Suri P, Friedly J

Patient Responses to the Term Pain Catastrophizing: Thematic Analysis of Cross-sectional International Data.
(2023 Feb)
J Pain 24(2): 356-367
Webster F, Connoy L, Longo R, Ahuja D, Amtmann D, Anderson A, Ashton-James CE, Boyd H, Chambers CT, Cook KF, Cowan P, Crombez G, Feinstein AB, Fuqua A, Gilam G, Jordan I, Mackey SC, Martins E, Martire LM, O'Sullivan P, Richards DP, Turner JA, Veasley C, Würtzen H, Yang SY, You DS, Ziadni M, Darnall BD

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