Mark Jensen, Ph.D.
Mark Jensen, PhD is UW Medicine’s vice chair for research in Rehabilitation Medicine and a UW professor of Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Jensen earned his PhD at Arizona State. He is the author of over 500 articles in peer-reviewed journals, the author or editor of nine books, and the author of over 30 chapters on the topics of pain assessment and treatment. His research program focuses on the development and evaluation of measures of pain, pain beliefs and pain coping strategies, as well as on the development and evaluation of psychosocial pain interventions. His teaching activities include facilitating workshops to teach clinicians skills in the use of hypnosis, motivational treatments, and cognitive treatments for pain management, and in mentoring postdoctoral research fellows in their development of a successful research career in health psychology and rehabilitation science.
Melissa Day, Ph.D.
Melissa Day, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Day is a licensed Clinical and Health Psychologist, and her main area of clinical and research interest is in optimizing non-pharmacological treatment options for chronic pain. Dr. Day’s program of research is primarily focused on implementing randomized controlled trials designed to evaluate the efficacy and mechanisms of cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions for heterogeneous chronic pain conditions. Her concurrent line of research aims to further our understanding of the experience of chronic pain via converging methodologies (including experimental pain paradigms and electroencephalogram), as well as advance our capacity to accurately assess its multidimensional nature. Dr. Day has led the development, application, and evaluation of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for chronic pain, and disseminated this treatment approach for research and clinical use via her sole-authored book, published by Wiley in 2017. Her academic teaching activities involve coordinating and delivering clinical psychology courses, as well as supervising honors and post-graduate degrees.