Division 54 President

Laura Simons (2022)


Laura Simons, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and a clinical psychologist who evaluates children and adolescents presenting with chronic pain in the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic at Stanford Children’s Health. She leads a research group whose research spans translating targeted biopsychosocial assessments into mechanistically informed treatment approaches for optimal clinical care, coupled with pain neuroscience psychology that leverages experimental and neuroimaging methods to gain a mechanistic understanding of cognitive and affective processes that coalesce with function in children with chronic pain and their parents. These projects leverage the ubiquity of digital health to enhance patient access and reach.

Laura has been an SPP member since 2001. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia and completed internship at the University of Florida Health Sciences Center. After fellowship and a faculty position at Boston Children’s Hospital, she has settled in California at Stanford University. Throughout her career, Laura has served the SPP community (e.g., Student Advisory Board, Progress Notes Editor, International Committee Chair) with the opportunity to serve as president a true honor.