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"This work represents a lifetime of experience and Dr. Olson's passion for helping those who must confront not only pain but the potential challenges inherent in some health and compensation systems...
"It's not every day that you get to crawl inside the head of a psychologist to get a glimpse of how he views chronic pain and the people it affects. This view from the 'other side of the couch' however is exactly what the reader receives--insights of relevance to clinicians and patients alike from a pain psychologist who has spent literally thousands of hours working with individuals faced with chronic pain. Dr. Olson has devoted his career to caring for and advocating on behalf of people with pain. His book is rich in antidotes, the basics of multidisciplinary care, and offers clear examples for why affective and cognitive factors need to be addressed in any case involving chronic pain. A true gem in this book is his collection of case studies. Representing hundreds of hours of therapeutic work, these cases provide a sampling of the challenges that face both patients and clinicians focused on managing pain for the long term.
-David A. Williams, Ph.D., Professor, Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry & Psychology, Associate Director, Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center, Associate Director, Research Development, MICHR, University of Michigan, President, American Pain Society
Dr. Kern A. Olson earned his doctorate from the University of Wyoming. His Internship was at the University of Oregon Medical School, Department of Medical Psychology. He continued his studies in the area of biofeedback at the Professional School of Biofeedback in San Francisco, California, and at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. At the University of Texas, Dr. Olson studied neuropsychology assessment. Dr. Olson has worked as a Staff Psychologist of Mental Health Programs, in private practice, as Director of Behavioral Medicine and Psychological Services, and as a psychologist in a Pain Management Center. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Specific societies associated with the research of pain of which Dr. Olson is a member of are the American Pain Society, Western Pain Society, International Association for the Study of Pain, Neuromodulation Society, and Portland Pain Interest Study Group. As a well-known pain management expert, Dr. Olson has an active history of invited lectureships and has contributed to numerous journal publications. At the time of the publication of his book, It Hurts, he sits on the editorial board of Practical Pain Management magazine and maintains a private practice in Portland, Oregon.