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

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

A global pangenome for the wheat fungal pathogen Pyrenophora tritici-repentis and prediction of effector protein structural homology.
(2022 Oct)
Microb Genom 8(10):
Moolhuijzen PM, See PT, Shi G, Powell HR, Cockram J, Jørgensen LN, Benslimane H, Strelkov SE, Turner J, Liu Z, Moffat CS

Moderators and Nonspecific Predictors of Treatment Benefits in a Randomized Trial of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction vs Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy vs Usual Care for Chronic Low Back Pain.
(2023 Feb)
J Pain 24(2): 282-303
Chen JA, Anderson ML, Cherkin DC, Balderson BH, Cook AJ, Sherman KJ, Turner JA

Estimating individualized treatment effects using a risk-modeling approach: an application to epidural steroid injections for lumbar spinal stenosis.
(2023 Apr 1)
Pain 164(4): 811-819
Liu P, Wu Y, Xiao Z, Gold LS, Heagerty PJ, Annaswamy T, Friedly J, Turner JA, Jarvik JG, Suri P

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