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Dr King is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Pain Medicine and also serves as the Director of the Pain Psychology Fellowship. Dr. King’s areas of expertise are in evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Pain and Insomnia and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She is also board certified in Biofeedback (BCB) by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). Dr. King has a strong interest in providing interdisciplinary care and specializes in comprehensive functional rehabilitation for patients experiencing chronic pain. She has also developed and is testing integrated protocols for co-occurring chronic pain and insomnia. She provides comprehensive pain evaluations, individual and group treatments, education for both patients and providers, and program development. Dr King presents at national and international conferences to facilitate knowledge of effective behavioral treatment options for chronic pain patients. Her research focus includes serving as a master CBT trainer for serval NIH grants and is the Director of Behavioral Services for Northern California for the EMPOWER study. She also serves as the Director of the Pain Psychology Fellowship. Dr. King works with patients to help them regain control of their lives by teaching effective, self-directed coping strategies focused on restoring function, optimizing mood and sleep and increasing time in valued activities with the ultimate goal of improving one’s quality of life.
11/01/17 – 10/30/2022Role: Co-Investigator (0.10 FTE) and Director of Treatments for the Bay Area (Stanford Pain and Primary Care clinics) PCORI (Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute). Title: “Comparative Effectiveness of Pain Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Chronic Pain Self-Management Within the Context of Opioid Reduction.” Total: $8.8M PI: Beth Darnall 2017- present Dr. King is also collaborating with Fiona Barwick, PhD, at Stanford’s Sleep Medicine Center, to develop an integrated treatment protocol for improving sleep and chronic pain. With the protocol now complete, Dr. Barwick and Dr. King plan to run the six-session group throughout 2019, collecting pre-treatment, post-treatment and follow-up data to analyze outcomes.2015-present Role: Lead Therapist, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy manualized intervention National Institutes of Health P01 AT006651 National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Title: Stanford Center for Back PainPI: Sean Mackey, MD, PhD 2015 -present Lead Therapist, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy manualized interventionNational Institutes of Health R01AT008561 National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Title: Single Session Pain Catastrophizing Treatment: Comparative Efficacy & Mechanisms Multi-PI: Darnall BD & Mackey SC