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September 17, 2019 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Faculty/Administration #2339 | Map
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

The Humanities Center is proud to present as a part of its Brown Bag Series, a talk by Mark Lumley, Psychology, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Clinical Psychology PhD program.


Current evidence-based psychological interventions for chronic pain have only modest efficacy, in part because of limitations in their therapeutic targets. My colleagues and I develop and test novel psychological pain treatment approaches that have the potential for greater effects, especially reducing patients’ pain severity. These treatments emphasize the role of the brain and its changeability in chronic pain and target the fear, stress, and trauma that often underlie such pain. Trauma, conflict and related emotional factors are usually ignored or viewed as problems to be controlled by current pain management approaches. In contrast, research supports the value of approaching, disclosing, expressing, and emotionally processing negative emotional experiences.  Therefore, we have developed and tested in clinical trials several therapies to help patients with chronic pain conditions, especially emotional awareness and expression therapy. I will present the background of this therapy and some studies documenting its value, and discuss pros and cons of its implementation.

These talks are free and open to the public! We also provide free coffee, tea, and cake!

For more information about this event, please contact Humanities Center at (313)577-5471 or