John D. Otis, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders

PhD, University of Florida

Dr. Otis has conducted research and produced scholarly writing about pain throughout the lifespan. Dr. Otis has focused his clinical research career on the development of innovative approaches to pain management, tailored to specialized patient populations. He is the author of Managing Chronic Pain (Oxford University Press: Treatments that Work Series). His most recent research focuses on the development of an intensive integrated treatment for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) veterans who experience a variety of chronic pain conditions complicated my mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

VA Boston Healthcare System

2016 Boston University School of Medicine: Stanley L. Robbins Award for Excellence in Teaching
2016 Boston University School of Medicine: The Challenger Award
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  1. Mun CJ, Otis JD, Concato J, Reid MC, Burg MM, Czlapinski R, Kerns RD. Further Examination of the Pain Stages of Change Questionnaires Among Chronic Low Back Pain Patients: Long-term Predictive Validity of Pre- and Post-Treatment Change Scores and Stability of Post-Treatment Scores. Clin J Pain. 2019 May 29. PMID: 31149934.
  2. Freed RD, Emmert-Aronson BO, Alschuler KN, Otis JD. Confirmatory factor analysis of the Coping Strategies Questionnaire-Revised for veterans with pain. Psychol Serv. 2018 Mar 26. PMID: 29578740.
  3. Chow ET, Otis JD, Simons LE. The Longitudinal Impact of Parent Distress and Behavior on Functional Outcomes Among Youth With Chronic Pain. J Pain. 2016 Jun; 17(6):729-38. PMID: 26993960; PMCID: PMC4885759; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpain.2016.02.014;.
  4. Scioli-Salter E, Forman DE, Otis JD, Tun C, Allsup K, Marx CE, Hauger RL, Shipherd JC, Higgins D, Tyzik A, Rasmusson AM. Potential neurobiological benefits of exercise in chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder: Pilot study. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016; 53(1):95-106.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27006290; DOI: 10.1682/JRRD.2014.10.0267;.
  5. Powell MA, Corbo V, Fonda JR, Otis JD, Milberg WP, McGlinchey RE. Sleep Quality and Reexperiencing Symptoms of PTSD Are Associated With Current Pain in U.S. OEF/OIF/OND Veterans With and Without mTBIs. J Trauma Stress. 2015 Aug; 28(4):322-9.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26194844; DOI: 10.1002/jts.22027;.
  6. Scioli-Salter ER, Forman DE, Otis JD, Gregor K, Valovski I, Rasmusson AM. The shared neuroanatomy and neurobiology of comorbid chronic pain and PTSD: therapeutic implications. Clin J Pain. 2015 Apr; 31(4):363-74.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24806468; DOI: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000115;.
  7. Alschuler KN, Otis JD. An examination of the impact of clinically significant levels of posttraumatic stress disorder symptomatology on the classification of pain as mild, moderate, or severe in a sample of veterans with chronic pain. Psychol Serv. 2014 Aug; 11(3):273-80. PMID: 24635041; DOI: 10.1037/a0036201;.
  8. Otis JD, Sanderson K, Hardway C, Pincus M, Tun C, Soumekh S. A randomized controlled pilot study of a cognitive-behavioral therapy approach for painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy. J Pain. 2013 May; 14(5):475-82. PMID: 23452825; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpain.2012.12.013;.
  9. Alschuler KN, Otis JD. Significant others' responses to pain in veterans with chronic pain and clinical levels of post-traumatic stress disorder symptomatology. Eur J Pain. 2013 Feb; 17(2):245-54. PMID: 22718501; DOI: 10.1002/j.1532-2149.2012.00180.x;.
  10. Alschuler KN, Otis JD. Coping strategies and beliefs about pain in veterans with comorbid chronic pain and significant levels of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. Eur J Pain. 2012 Feb; 16(2):312-9. PMID: 22323383; DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpain.2011.06.010;.
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Cognitive behavioral therapy
Medical Education
Pain management
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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