John D. Otis, PhD

Research Associate Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

John Otis
648 Beacon Street, 5th Floor


Dr. Otis has conducted research and produced scholarly writing about pain throughout the lifespan. Dr. Otis has focused his clinical research career on the development of innovative approaches to pain management, tailored to specialized patient populations. He is the author of Managing Chronic Pain (Oxford University Press: Treatments that Work Series). His most recent research focuses on the development of an intensive integrated treatment for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) veterans who experience a variety of chronic pain conditions complicated my mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • University of Florida, PhD
  • University of West Florida, BA
  • University of West Florida, BS


  • Published on 9/1/2019

    Mun CJ, Otis JD, Concato J, Reid MC, Burg MM, Czlapinski R, Kerns RD. Further Examination of the Pain Stages of Change Questionnaires Among Chronic Low Back Pain Patients: Long-term Predictive Validity of Pretreatment and Posttreatment Change Scores and Stability of Posttreatment Scores. Clin J Pain. 2019 Sep; 35(9):744-752. PMID: 31149934.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/29/2019

    Palfai TP, Taylor JL, Saitz R, Kratzer MPL, Otis JD, Bernstein JA. Development of a tailored, telehealth intervention to address chronic pain and heavy drinking among people with HIV infection: integrating perspectives of patients in HIV care. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2019 Aug 29; 14(1):35. PMID: 31464645.

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  • Published on 3/26/2018

    Freed RD, Emmert-Aronson BO, Alschuler KN, Otis JD. Confirmatory factor analysis of the Coping Strategies Questionnaire-Revised for veterans with pain. Psychol Serv. 2018 Mar 26. PMID: 29578740.

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  • Published on 3/15/2016

    Chow ET, Otis JD, Simons LE. The Longitudinal Impact of Parent Distress and Behavior on Functional Outcomes Among Youth With Chronic Pain. J Pain. 2016 Jun; 17(6):729-38. PMID: 26993960.

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  • Published on 1/1/2016

    Scioli-Salter E, Forman DE, Otis JD, Tun C, Allsup K, Marx CE, Hauger RL, Shipherd JC, Higgins D, Tyzik A, Rasmusson AM. Potential neurobiological benefits of exercise in chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder: Pilot study. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016; 53(1):95-106. PMID: 27006290.

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  • Published on 7/20/2015

    Powell MA, Corbo V, Fonda JR, Otis JD, Milberg WP, McGlinchey RE. Sleep Quality and Reexperiencing Symptoms of PTSD Are Associated With Current Pain in U.S. OEF/OIF/OND Veterans With and Without mTBIs. J Trauma Stress. 2015 Aug; 28(4):322-9. PMID: 26194844.

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  • Published on 4/1/2015

    Scioli-Salter ER, Forman DE, Otis JD, Gregor K, Valovski I, Rasmusson AM. The shared neuroanatomy and neurobiology of comorbid chronic pain and PTSD: therapeutic implications. Clin J Pain. 2015 Apr; 31(4):363-74. PMID: 24806468.

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  • Published on 3/17/2014

    Alschuler KN, Otis JD. An examination of the impact of clinically significant levels of posttraumatic stress disorder symptomatology on the classification of pain as mild, moderate, or severe in a sample of veterans with chronic pain. Psychol Serv. 2014 Aug; 11(3):273-80. PMID: 24635041.

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  • Published on 2/26/2013

    Otis JD, Sanderson K, Hardway C, Pincus M, Tun C, Soumekh S. A randomized controlled pilot study of a cognitive-behavioral therapy approach for painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy. J Pain. 2013 May; 14(5):475-82. PMID: 23452825.

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  • Published on 6/20/2012

    Alschuler KN, Otis JD. Significant others' responses to pain in veterans with chronic pain and clinical levels of post-traumatic stress disorder symptomatology. Eur J Pain. 2013 Feb; 17(2):245-54. PMID: 22718501.

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