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 Benefits of <i>T'ai Chi</i> 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

<i>T'ai Chi</i> for Chronic Low Back Pain in Older Adults: A Feasibility Trial.
(2020 Mar)
J Altern Complement Med 26(3): 176-189
Sherman KJ, Wellman RD, Hawkes RJ, Phelan EA, Lee T, Turner JA

Infographic. International Olympic Committee consensus statement on pain management in athletes: non-pharmacological strategies.
(2019 Jun)
Br J Sports Med 53(12): 785-786
Hainline B, Derman W, Vernec A, Budgett R, Deie M, Dvorak J, Harle CA, Herring S, McNamee M, Meeuwisse W, Moseley GL, Omololu B, Orchard J, Pipe A, Pluim BM, Raeder J, Siebert D, Stewart M, Stuart MC, Turner J, Ware M, Zideman D, Engebretsen L

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