Beth Darnall, PhD at Stanford University by Ian Mackey

About Optimized Psychology Consulting

At Optimized Psychology, we believe that transformation begins with the client. We conduct a 360 evaluation and listen closely to what the client has to say. We carefully understand clients’ goals before formulating a comprehensive strategic plan to achieve desired transformation in clinical, educational or organizational realms.

We provide tailored, evidence-based products. The Optimized Psychology team includes pain psychology scientists with a peer-reviewed publication record and current national federal research funding. As such, we don’t just know the science, we conduct cutting-edge studies that are helping to inform the field and best practices.

We deliver products designed to meet the unique needs of each client. Example clients include regional and multi-state healthcare systems and organizations, and education corporations whose products target healthcare clinicians, patients, and the general public.

About Dr. Darnall

Beth Darnall, PhD is Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Beth Darnall, PhD, is a pain psychologist, clinical scientist, and clinical professor at Stanford University. As a principal investigator, her pain psychology research portfolio includes over $13 million in research awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

She holds leadership roles within the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Association for the Study of Pain, and the American Pain Society, and has served on multiple national clinical guidelines committees related to best practices in pain care.

As Co-Chair of the Pain Psychology Task Force at the American Academy of Pain Medicine she led the development of national behavioral medicine workshops for interdisciplinary chronic pain clinicians. She and colleagues' work revealed need for pain psychology training and education U.S. and need for better integration into U.S. healthcare programs (Darnall et al, 2016). A focus of her research involves development, testing, and clinical integration of novel, low-cost pain psychology treatments as a pathway to expand access to high quality, low-risk pain care.

She is the author of 3 books:  “Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the dangers of prescription opioids and gain control over chronic pain” ©2014, “The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit” ©2016, “Psychological Treatment for Chronic Pain: The evidence-based basics” ©2018 (American Psychological Association Press). She authors a Psychology Today blog “Less Pain, Fewer Pills” and has been featured and published in multiple major press outlets including The Huffington Post, MORE Magazine, Women’s Health, Time Magazine, Scientific American Mind, ABCNews, and The Washington Post.


Beth formalized Optimized Psychology in 2016 after the business grew organically from word-of-mouth recommendations that matched her expertise with client needs.