Diana Marie Higgins, PhD

Assistant 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 5/1/2020

    Mattocks K, Rosen MI, Sellinger J, Ngo T, Brummett B, Higgins DM, Reznik TE, Holtzheimer P, Semiatin AM, Stapley T, Martino S. Pain Care in the Department of Veterans Affairs: Understanding How a Cultural Shift in Pain Care Impacts Provider Decisions and Collaboration. Pain Med. 2020 May 01; 21(5):970-977. PMID: 31886869.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/18/2020

    Higgins DM, Buta E, Heapy AA, Driscoll MA, Kerns RD, Masheb R, Becker WC, Hausmann LRM, Bair MJ, Wandner L, Janke EA, Brandt CA, Goulet JL. The Relationship Between Body Mass Index and Pain Intensity Among Veterans with Musculoskeletal Disorders: Findings from the MSD Cohort Study. Pain Med. 2020 Mar 18. PMID: 32186722.

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  • Published on 1/28/2020

    Higgins DM, Buta E, Williams DA, Halat A, Bair MJ, Heapy AA, Krein SL, Rajeevan H, Rosen MI, Kerns RD. Internet-Based Pain Self-Management for Veterans: Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of the Pain EASE Program. Pain Pract. 2020 Apr; 20(4):357-370. PMID: 31778281.

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  • Published on 9/1/2018

    Driscoll MA, Knobf MT, Higgins DM, Heapy A, Lee A, Haskell S. Patient Experiences Navigating Chronic Pain Management in an Integrated Health Care System: A Qualitative Investigation of Women and Men. Pain Med. 2018 09 01; 19(suppl_1):S19-S29. PMID: 30203009.

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  • Published on 9/1/2018

    Lisi AJ, Corcoran KL, DeRycke EC, Bastian LA, Becker WC, Edmond SN, Goertz CM, Goulet JL, Haskell SG, Higgins DM, Kawecki T, Kerns RD, Mattocks K, Ramsey C, Ruser CB, Brandt CA. Opioid Use Among Veterans of Recent Wars Receiving Veterans Affairs Chiropractic Care. Pain Med. 2018 09 01; 19(suppl_1):S54-S60. PMID: 30203014.

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  • Published on 9/1/2018

    Higgins DM, LaChappelle KM, Serowik KL, Driscoll MA, Lee A, Heapy AA. Predictors of Participation in a Nonpharmacological Intervention for Chronic Back Pain. Pain Med. 2018 09 01; 19(suppl_1):S76-S83. PMID: 30753730.

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  • Published on 5/1/2018

    Becker WC, DeBar LL, Heapy AA, Higgins D, Krein SL, Lisi A, Makris UE, Allen KD. A Research Agenda for Advancing Non-pharmacological Management of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Findings from a VHA State-of-the-art Conference. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 05; 33(Suppl 1):11-15. PMID: 29633136.

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  • Published on 5/1/2018

    Edmond SN, Becker WC, Driscoll MA, Decker SE, Higgins DM, Mattocks KM, Kerns RD, Haskell SG. Use of Non-Pharmacological Pain Treatment Modalities Among Veterans with Chronic Pain: Results from a Cross-Sectional Survey. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 05; 33(Suppl 1):54-60. PMID: 29633141.

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  • Published on 3/1/2018

    Higgins DM, Martin AM, Baker DG, Vasterling JJ, Risbrough V. The Relationship Between Chronic Pain and Neurocognitive Function: A Systematic Review. Clin J Pain. 2018 03; 34(3):262-275. PMID: 28719507.

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  • Published on 9/1/2017

    Driscoll MA, Higgins D, Shamaskin-Garroway A, Burger A, Buta E, Goulet JL, Heapy A, Kerns RD, Brandt CA, Haskell SG. Examining Gender as a Correlate of Self-Reported Pain Treatment Use Among Recent Service Veterans with Deployment-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders. Pain Med. 2017 Sep 01; 18(9):1767-1777. PMID: 28379576.

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