Diana Marie Higgins, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Diana Higgins
VA Boston Healthcare System, 150 South Huntington Avenue


Dr. Higgins is a pain psychologist in the VA Healthcare System where she provides evidence-based psychological interventions to treat chronic pain conditions in Veterans. Dr. Higgins has conducted clinical and health services research focused on chronic pain. 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.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


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


  • Published on 8/12/2023

    Kroll-Desrosiers A, Wallace KF, Higgins DM, Martino S, Mattocks KM. Musculoskeletal Pain During Pregnancy Among Veterans: Associations With Health and Health Care Utilization. Womens Health Issues. 2024; 34(1):90-97. PMID: 37580185.

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  • Published on 7/7/2023

    Wolf EJ, Higgins DM, Zhao X, Hawn SE, Sanborn V, Todd CA, Fein-Schaffer D, Houranieh A, Miller MW. MMPI-2-RF Profiles of Treatment-Seeking Veterans in a VA Pain Clinic and Associations with Markers of Physical Performance. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2024 Mar; 31(1):58-76. PMID: 37418093.

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  • Published on 7/5/2023

    MacLean RR, Buta E, Higgins DM, Driscoll MA, Edmond SN, LaChappelle KM, Ankawi B, Krein SL, Piette JD, Heapy AA. Using Daily Ratings to Examine Treatment Dose and Response in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain: A Secondary Analysis of the Co-Operative Pain Education and Self-Management Clinical Trial. Pain Med. 2023 Jul 05; 24(7):846-854. PMID: 36484691.

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  • Published on 12/29/2022

    Mattocks KM, LaChappelle KM, Krein SL, DeBar LL, Martino S, Edmond S, Ankawi B, MacLean RR, Higgins DM, Murphy JL, Cooper E, Heapy AA. Pre-implementation formative evaluation of cooperative pain education and self-management expanding treatment for real-world access: A pragmatic pain trial. Pain Pract. 2023 Apr; 23(4):338-348. PMID: 36527287.

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  • Published on 12/7/2022

    Clark JD, Bair MJ, Belitskaya-Lévy I, Fitzsimmons C, Zehm LM, Dougherty PE, Giannitrapani KF, Groessl EJ, Higgins DM, Murphy JL, Riddle DL, Huang GD, Shih MC. Sequential and Comparative Evaluation of Pain Treatment Effectiveness Response (SCEPTER), a pragmatic trial for conservative chronic low back pain treatment. Contemp Clin Trials. 2023 Feb; 125:107041. PMID: 36496154.

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  • Published on 9/1/2022

    Piette JD, Newman S, Krein SL, Marinec N, Chen J, Williams DA, Edmond SN, Driscoll M, LaChappelle KM, Kerns RD, Maly M, Kim HM, Farris KB, Higgins DM, Buta E, Heapy AA. Patient-Centered Pain Care Using Artificial Intelligence and Mobile Health Tools: A Randomized Comparative Effectiveness Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2022 Sep 01; 182(9):975-983. PMID: 35939288.

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  • Published on 8/1/2022

    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 Aug 01; 23(8):1423-1433. PMID: 34999899.

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  • 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 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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