Research - James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
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James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida



As a comprehensive chronic pain center and a VA Clinical Program of Excellence, pain staff are actively engaged in research designed to increase our understanding of chronic pain and to improve our treatment efforts. In addition, staff are continuously involved in writing and reviewing publications and presentations.

Research Projects

All research directly involving CPRP participants is submitted for review and approval by the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital Research and Development Committee, and by the Institutional Review Board of the University of South Florida College of Medicine. These reviews ensure that the project protects the rights of all research participants, and that the proposed research is important and is conducted in a professional and appropriate way.

If you are a participant in CPRP clinical programs you may be asked to participate in one of these studies. However, your participation is entirely voluntary. If you prefer not to participate, or if you change your mind after agreeing to participate, it will not affect in any way the care you receive from the CPRP.

Below are examples of recent publications by pain psychology staff members.


Bosco, M.A., Murphy, J.L., Clark, M.E. (2013). Chronic Pain and Traumatic Brain Injury in OEF/OIF Veterans. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain; 53(9), 1518–1522.      

Darnall, B.D., Scheman, J., Davin, S., Burns, J.W., Murphy, J.L., Wilson, A.C., Kerns, R.D., & Mackey, S.C. (2016). Pain Psychology: A Global Needs Assessment and National Call to Action. Pain Medicine.17(2):250-63.

DiNapoli, E.A., Craine, M., Dougherty, P., Gentili, A., Kochersberger, G., Morone, N.E., Murphy, J.L., Rodakowski, J., Rodriguez, E., Thielke, S., Weiner, D.K. (2016). Deconstructing Low Back Pain in the Older Adult – Step by Step Evidence and Expert-Based Recommendations in Evaluation and Treatment: Maladaptive Coping. Pain Medicine. 17(1):64-73. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnv055.  

Jim, H. S., Jacobsen, P. B., Phillips, K. M., Wenham, R., Roberts, W., & Small, B. J. (2013).  Lagged relationships among sleep disturbances, fatigue, and depression during chemotherapy. Health Psychology, 32(7):768-74. DOI: 10.1037/a0031322.

McGinty, H. L., Phillips, K. M., Jim, H. S., Cessna, J. M., Asvat, Y., Cases, M. G., Small, B. J., & Jacobsen, P. B.  (2014). Cognitive functioning in men receiving androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis.  Support Care Cancer; 22:2271–2280. PMID:24859915. PMC Journal in Process – NIHMS 598974.

Murphy, J.L. & Clark, M.E.  (2013).  Prescription drug abuse in the military. In J. Barnett & B. Moore (Eds.) Military Psychologists' Desk Reference, 269-74. Oxford University Press.

Murphy, J.L., Clark, M.E., & Banou, E.  (2013).  Opioid cessation and multidimensional outcomes following interdisciplinary chronic pain treatment. Clinical Journal of Pain, 29(2), 109-117.

Murphy, J.L, McKellar, J.D., Raffa, S.D., Clark, M.E., Kerns, R.D., & Karlin, B.E. (2014). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain Among Veterans: Therapist Manual. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Murphy, J.L., Phillips, K.M., & Rafie, S. (2016). Sex differences between veterans participating in interdisciplinary chronic pain rehabilitation. Special Topic: Transforming Pain Care in the Veterans Health Administration: Bridges from Theory and Research to Practice and Policy, Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, 53(1), 83-94.

Phillips, K. M., Faul, L. A., Small, B. J., Jacobsen, P. B., Apte, S., & Jim, H. S. L. (2013). Comparing the retrospective reports of fatigue using the Fatigue Severity Index to daily diary ratings in women receiving chemotherapy for gynecologic cancer.  Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 46(2):282-288. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2012.08.008.

Phillips, K. M., McGinty, H., Cessna, J., Asvat, Y., Gonzalez, B., Cases, M. G., Small, B. J., Jacobsen, P.B., Pidala, J., & Jim, H. S. L. (2013). A systematic review and meta-analysis of cognitive functioning in adults undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 48(10):1350-7. DOI: 10.1038/bmt.2013.61.

Phillips, K. M., McGinty, H. L., Gonzalez, B. D., Jim, H. L., Small, B. J., Minton, S., Andrykowski, M.A. & Jacobsen, P.B. (2013). Factors associated with breast cancer worry three years after adjuvant treatment. Psycho-Oncology, 22(4), 936-9. DOI: 10.1002/pon.3066.

Stewart, M.O., Karlin, B.E., Murphy, J.L., Raffa, S.D., Miller, S.A., McKellar, J.D., & Kerns, R.D. (2015). National Dissemination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain in Veterans: Therapists and Patient-Level Outcomes. Clinical Journal of Pain, 31:722-729.