Judith Turner, PhD

Personal Statement

Dr. Turner received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA, then completed post-doctoral training in pain and geriatrics at the University of Washington. Since 1980, she has served on the faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Rehabilitation Medicine, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine. She works clinically with patients with chronic pain at the UW Medicine Center for Pain Relief. Dr. Turner’s research interests include clinical trials of medical, surgical, and psychosocial interventions for chronic pain; prediction of pain outcomes; prevention of chronic disability among injured workers; and safety and effectiveness of long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain.  She has published approximately 200 peer-reviewed articles related to chronic pain studies and is 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).  She has played leadership roles in national and international professional organizations related to pain and currently is President-Elect of the International Association for the Study of Pain.


UCLA, School of Medicine Medical education, 1979
Univ. of Washington Fellowship

Teaching Philosophy

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

Recent Publications

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 Jul 9)
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

(2020 Apr)

Chou R, Hartung D, Turner J, Blazina I, Chan B, Levander X, McDonagh M, Selph S, Fu R, Pappas M

(2020 Apr)

Skelly AC, Chou R, Dettori JR, Turner JA, Friedly JL, Rundell SD, Fu R, Brodt ED, Wasson N, Kantner S, Ferguson AJR

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