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

Long-term effectiveness of epidural steroid injections after new episodes of low back pain in older adults.
(2022 May 23)
Eur J Pain
Curatolo M, Rundell SD, Gold LS, Suri P, Friedly JL, Nedeljkovic SS, Deyo RA, Turner JA, Bresnahan BW, Avins AL, Kessler L, Heagerty PJ, Jarvik JG

Patient, Provider, and Clinic Characteristics Associated with Opioid and Non-Opioid Pain Prescriptions for Patients Receiving Low Back Imaging in Primary Care.
(2021 Sep-Oct)
J Am Board Fam Med 34(5): 950-963
Gold LS, Marcum ZA, Meier EN, Turner JA, James KT, Kallmes DF, Luetmer PH, Griffith B, Sherman KJ, Friedly JL, Suri P, Deyo RA, Johnston SK, Avins AL, Heagerty PJ, Jarvik JG

STRategies to Improve Pain and Enjoy life (STRIPE): Protocol for a pragmatic randomized trial of pain coping skills training and opioid medication taper guidance for patients on long-term opioid therapy.
(2021 Nov)
Contemp Clin Trials 110(): 106499
Wartko PD, Boudreau DM, Turner JA, Cook AJ, Wellman RD, Fujii MM, Garcia RC, Moser KA, Sullivan MD

Expected Organizational Costs for Inserting Prevalence Information Into Lumbar Spine Imaging Reports.
(2021 Oct)
J Am Coll Radiol 18(10): 1415-1422
Bresnahan BW, Jarvik JG, Meier EN, James KT, Gold LS, Rundell SD, Turner JA, Suri P, Luetmer PH, Friedly JL, Sherman KJ, Heagerty PJ, Kallmes DF, Avins AL, Griffith BD, Kessler LG

Providing Epidemiological Data in Lumbar Spine Imaging Reports Did Not Affect Subsequent Utilization of Spine Procedures: Secondary Outcomes from a Stepped-Wedge Randomized Controlled Trial.
(2021 Jun 4)
Pain Med 22(6): 1272-1280
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

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