Chronic pain study
Kathryn Schaefer

Gaithersburg, MD

#1 Jul 21, 2012
Hello, my name is Kathryn Schaefer and I am a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Along with my advisor, Mary Ann Hoffman, Ph.D, I am conducting my dissertation research on chronic pain and I am interested in exploring peopleís experiences with pain through 2 brief surveys and 3 writing exercises. Some people find writing as a way to record what happens to them or as a way to talk about difficult experiences. Writing interventions have been used in recent years to understand experiences of trauma, distress and other difficult experiences. This is your chance to help others in pain and help teach researchers how to better treat chronic pain.

The 2 surveys and 3 writing exercises will be spaced out so that you complete one per week for five weeks. It will take approximately 20-25 minutes of your time each week. You can complete the entire study online and at the end you will receive a $15 Amazon gift certificate.

If you would like more information about the study, it is listed on under the identifier NCT01639196. You can also go to the following link:

Participants need to be at least 18 years old, experiencing pain on most days of the month for at least 6 months, and experiencing pain that isnít directly caused by a terminal condition (e.g., stage 4 cancer). If you are interested in participating in the study, please email me at [email protected]

Thank you for your help!

Kathryn Schaefer, M.A.
Doctoral Candidate
Counseling Psychology
University of Maryland, College Park
[email protected]

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