Diana Marie Higgins, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Diana Higgins
617.638.5300
VA Boston Healthcare System, 150 South Huntington Avenue

Biography

Dr. Higgins is the Director of Pain Psychology in the VA Boston Healthcare System Pain Clinic where she provides evidence-based psychological interventions to treat chronic pain conditions in Veterans. She remains involved with pain management policy at the local, regional, and national levels within VHA. Dr. Higgins has conducted clinical research focused on chronic pain and overweight/obesity. Her current research involves clinical trials of non-pharmacological interventions using technology (e.g., IVR, smartphone applications, Internet) to increase access to evidence-based chronic pain care. Dr. Higgins also conducts health services research on disparities in chronic pain, including gender disparities and the impact of overweight/obesity on access to and outcomes of pain care.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System

Education

  • University of Maine, PhD
  • University of Maine, MA
  • St Francis Xavier University, BA

Publications

  • Published on 5/26/2022

    Reuman L, Solar C, MacLean RR, Halat AM, Rajeevan H, Williams DA, Heapy AA, Bair MJ, Krein SL, Kerns RD, Higgins DM. If you personalize it, will they use it?: Self-reported and observed use of a tailored, internet-based pain self-management program. Transl Behav Med. 2022 May 26; 12(5):693-701. PMID: 35192703.

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  • Published on 1/6/2022

    Higgins DM, Han L, Kerns RD, Driscoll MA, Heapy AA, Skanderson M, Lisi AJ, Mattocks KM, Brandt C, Haskell SG. Risk factors associated with healthcare utilization for spine pain. Pain Med. 2022 Jan 06. PMID: 34999899.

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  • Published on 11/26/2021

    Coleman BC, Goulet JL, Higgins DM, Bathulapalli H, Kawecki T, Ruser CB, Bastian LA, Martino S, Piette JD, Edmond SN, Heapy AA. ICD-10 Coding of Musculoskeletal Conditions in the Veterans Health Administration. Pain Med. 2021 Nov 26; 22(11):2597-2603. PMID: 33944953.

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  • Published on 7/15/2021

    Moy ML, Daniel RA, Cruz Rivera PN, Mongiardo MA, Goldstein RL, Higgins DM, Salat DH. Co-occurrence of pain and dyspnea in Veterans with COPD: Relationship to functional status and a pilot study of neural correlates using structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging. PLoS One. 2021; 16(7):e0254653. PMID: 34265003.

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  • Published on 6/26/2021

    Sellinger JJ, Martino S, Lazar C, Mattocks K, Rando K, Serowik K, Ablondi K, Fenton B, Gilstad-Hayden K, Brummett B, Holtzheimer PE, Higgins D, Reznik TE, Semiatin AM, Stapley T, Ngo T, Rosen MI. The acceptability and feasibility of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for pain management among new England veterans with chronic pain: A pilot study. Pain Pract. 2022 Jan; 22(1):28-38. PMID: 33934499.

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  • Published on 6/17/2021

    Solar C, Halat AM, MacLean RR, Rajeevan H, Williams DA, Krein SL, Heapy AA, Bair MJ, Kerns RD, Higgins DM. Predictors of engagement in an internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy program for veterans with chronic low back pain. Transl Behav Med. 2021 06 17; 11(6):1274-1282. PMID: 33098304.

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  • Published on 1/1/2021

    Heapy AA, Tankha H, Higgins DM, Driscoll M, LaChappelle KM, Goulet JL, Buta E, Piette JD, Kerns RD, Krein SL. Incorporating walking into cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic pain: safety and effectiveness of a personalized walking intervention. J Behav Med. 2021 04; 44(2):260-269. PMID: 33386530.

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  • Published on 12/12/2020

    Heapy AA, Driscoll MA, Buta E, LaChappelle KM, Edmond S, Krein SL, Piette JD, Mattocks K, Murphy JL, DeBar L, MacLean RR, Ankawi B, Kawecki T, Martino S, Wagner T, Higgins DM. Co-Operative Pain Education and Self-management (COPES) Expanding Treatment for Real-World Access (ExTRA): Pragmatic Trial Protocol. Pain Med. 2020 12 12; 21(12 Suppl 2):S21-S28. PMID: 33313733.

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  • Published on 12/12/2020

    Martino S, Lazar C, Sellinger J, Gilstad-Hayden K, Fenton B, Barnett PG, Brummett BR, Higgins DM, Holtzheimer P, Mattocks K, Ngo T, Reznik TE, Semiatin AM, Stapley T, Rosen MI. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for Pain Management for Veterans Seeking Service-Connection Payments for Musculoskeletal Disorders: SBIRT-PM Study Protocol. Pain Med. 2020 12 12; 21(12 Suppl 2):S110-S117. PMID: 33313731.

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  • Published on 10/19/2020

    Higgins DM, Heapy AA, Buta E, LaChappelle KM, Serowik KL, Czlapinski R, Kerns RD. A randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioral therapy compared with diabetes education for diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain. J Health Psychol. 2022 03; 27(3):649-662. PMID: 33070667.

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