Robert D Kerns Jr PhD

Professor of Psychiatry, of Neurology and of Psychology

Departments & Organizations

Office of Student Research

DAHRSNeurology | Psychiatry: Psychology Section; Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center

Research Interests

Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology; Pain and pain management; Healthcare disparities; Self-management of chronic disease more...


  • Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, 1980

Selected Publications

  • Haskell, S.G., Ning, Y., Krebs, E., Goulet, J., Mattocks, K., Kerns, R.D. & Brandt, C. (2012). The prevalence of painful musculoskeletal conditions in female and male Veterans in 7 years after return from deployment in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom. Clinical Journal of Pain, 28, 163-167.
  • Dworkin, R.H., Turk, D.C., Peirce-Sandner, S., Burke, L.B., Farrar, J.T., Gilron, I., Jensen, M.P., Raja, S.N., Rappaport, B.A., Bellamy, N., Bhagwagar, Z., Costello, A., Cowan, P., Fang, w.C., Hertz, S., Jay, G.W., Junor, R., Kerns, R.D., Kerwin, R., Kopecky, E.A., Lissin, d., Malamut, R., Markman, J.d., McDermott, M.P., Munera, C., Porter, L., Rauschkolb, C., Rice, A.S.C., Sampaio, C., Skljarevski, V., Sommerville, k., Stacey, B.R., Steigerwald, I., Tobias, J., Trentacosti, A.M., Wasan,, A.D., Wells, G.A., Williams, J., Witter, J., Ziegler, D. (2012). Considerations for improving assay sensitivity in chronic pain clinical trials: IMMPACT recommendations. Pain, 153, 1148-1158.
  • Kerns, R.D., Sellinger, J.J., & Goodin, B. (2011). Psychological treatment of chronic pain. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 7, 411-434.



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