Diana M. Higgins, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Psychiatry
General Psychiatry

PhD, University of Maine
MA, University of Maine




Dr. Higgins is the Director of Pain Psychology in the VA Boston Healthcare System Pain Clinic where she provides evidence-based psychological interventions to treat chronic pain conditions in Veterans. She remains involved with pain management policy at the local, regional, and national levels within VHA. Dr. Higgins has conducted clinical research focused on chronic pain and overweight/obesity. Her current research involves clinical trials of non-pharmacological interventions using technology (e.g., IVR, smartphone applications, Internet) to increase access to evidence-based chronic pain care. Dr. Higgins also conducts health services research on disparities in chronic pain, including gender disparities and the impact of overweight/obesity on access to and outcomes of pain care.

VA Boston Healthcare System




Cooperative Pain Education and Self-management: Expanding Treatment for Real-world Access (COPES ExTRA)
09/01/2019 - 08/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Yale University NIH NCCIH
5UH3AT009767-04

Engaging Veterans Seeking Service-Connection Payments in Pain Treatment
08/16/2019 - 08/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Yale University NIH NCCIH
5UH3AT009758-04

Cooperative Pain Education and Self-Management: Expanding Treatment for Real World Access (COPES ExTRA)
09/20/2017 - 08/31/2019 (Subcontract PI)
Yale University NIH NCCIH
5UG3AT009767-02

Engaging Veterans Seeking Service-Connection Payments in Pain Treatment
09/20/2017 - 08/15/2019 (Subcontract PI)
Yale University NIH NCCIH
5UG3AT009758-02



Title
Cooperative Pain Education and Self-Management: Expanding Treatment for Real World Access (COPES ExTRA)
Engaging Veterans Seeking Service-Connection Payments in Pain Treatment
Predictors and Correlates of Clinical Outcomes Among Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain Receiving Specialty Pain Care
VA Pain Coach: Enhancing use with OEF/OIF/OND Veterans in Clinical Settings


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  1. Moy ML, Daniel RA, Cruz Rivera PN, Mongiardo MA, Goldstein RL, Higgins DM, Salat DH. Co-occurrence of pain and dyspnea in Veterans with COPD: Relationship to functional status and a pilot study of neural correlates using structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging. PLoS One. 2021; 16(7):e0254653.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34265003
     
  2. Solar C, Halat AM, MacLean RR, Rajeevan H, Williams DA, Krein SL, Heapy AA, Bair MJ, Kerns RD, Higgins DM. Predictors of engagement in an internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy program for veterans with chronic low back pain. Transl Behav Med. 2021 06 17; 11(6):1274-1282. PMID: 33098304
     
  3. Coleman BC, Goulet JL, Higgins DM, Bathulapalli H, Kawecki T, Ruser CB, Bastian LA, Martino S, Piette JD, Edmond SN, Heapy AA. ICD-10 Coding of Musculoskeletal Conditions in the Veterans Health Administration. Pain Med. 2021 May 03. PMID: 33944953
     
  4. Sellinger JJ, Martino S, Lazar C, Mattocks K, Rando K, Serowik K, Ablondi K, Fenton B, Gilstad-Hayden K, Brummett B, Holtzheimer PE, Higgins D, Reznik TE, Semiatin AM, Stapley T, Ngo T, Rosen MI. The acceptability and feasibility of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for pain management among new England veterans with chronic pain: A pilot study. Pain Pract. 2021 May 01. PMID: 33934499
     
  5. Heapy AA, Tankha H, Higgins DM, Driscoll M, LaChappelle KM, Goulet JL, Buta E, Piette JD, Kerns RD, Krein SL. Incorporating walking into cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic pain: safety and effectiveness of a personalized walking intervention. J Behav Med. 2021 04; 44(2):260-269. PMID: 33386530
     
  6. Martino S, Lazar C, Sellinger J, Gilstad-Hayden K, Fenton B, Barnett PG, Brummett BR, Higgins DM, Holtzheimer P, Mattocks K, Ngo T, Reznik TE, Semiatin AM, Stapley T, Rosen MI. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for Pain Management for Veterans Seeking Service-Connection Payments for Musculoskeletal Disorders: SBIRT-PM Study Protocol. Pain Med. 2020 12 12; 21(12 Suppl 2):S110-S117. PMID: 33313731; PMCID: PMC7734657; DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnaa334;
     
  7. Heapy AA, Driscoll MA, Buta E, LaChappelle KM, Edmond S, Krein SL, Piette JD, Mattocks K, Murphy JL, DeBar L, MacLean RR, Ankawi B, Kawecki T, Martino S, Wagner T, Higgins DM. Co-Operative Pain Education and Self-management (COPES) Expanding Treatment for Real-World Access (ExTRA): Pragmatic Trial Protocol. Pain Med. 2020 12 12; 21(12 Suppl 2):S21-S28. PMID: 33313733; PMCID: PMC7734659; DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnaa365;
     
  8. Higgins DM, Heapy AA, Buta E, LaChappelle KM, Serowik KL, Czlapinski R, Kerns RD. A randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioral therapy compared with diabetes education for diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain. J Health Psychol. 2020 Oct 19; 1359105320962262. PMID: 33070667
     
  9. Higgins DM, Buta E, Heapy AA, Driscoll MA, Kerns RD, Masheb R, Becker WC, Hausmann LRM, Bair MJ, Wandner L, Janke EA, Brandt CA, Goulet JL. The Relationship Between Body Mass Index and Pain Intensity Among Veterans with Musculoskeletal Disorders: Findings from the MSD Cohort Study. Pain Med. 2020 10 01; 21(10):2563-2572. PMID: 32186722; PMCID: PMC7778330; DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnaa043;
     
  10. Wandner LD, Fenton BT, Goulet JL, Carroll CM, Heapy A, Higgins DM, Bair MJ, Sandbrink F, Kerns RD. Treatment of a Large Cohort of Veterans Experiencing Musculoskeletal Disorders with Spinal Cord Stimulation in the Veterans Health Administration: Veteran Characteristics and Outcomes. J Pain Res. 2020; 13:1687-1697. PMID: 32753944; PMCID: PMC7354010; DOI: 10.2147/JPR.S241567;
     
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Chronic Pain
Obesity
Veterans Health
Health Services Research
Clinical Trials
Public Health
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