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Chronic Pain-The Brain-Opioid Abuse / Lecture & Reception

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Dr. Don Robin, Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health and Human Services, will present on the relationship among brain function, chronic pain and opioid misuse - co-morbid conditions that alter emotional and cognitive brain centers. The talk is for all audiences and will focus on non-pharmacological interventions for the above conditions. Data from Dr. Robin’s laboratory will show how acceptance-commitment therapy (a mindfulness approach) has high efficacy for patients with chronic pain and opioid addiction and how the brain “normalizes” with successful treatment. Finally, Dr. Robin will discuss the development of innovative treatments that involve non-invasive brain stimulation using magnets and ultrasonic waves.

Please join us to learn more about behavioral health interventions and approaches that are being used to treat chronic pain, addiction, traumatic brain injury and more. There will also be an overview of a proposed program of research that could be implemented in the State of New Hampshire.

"As an educator, researcher and clinician my work has focused on the relationship between behavioral treatments and neuroscience. Specifically, my work focuses on neural plasticity associated with behavioral health interventions (e.g., mindfulness) for a variety of illness including speech disorders, chronic pain and opioid misuse."

Donald A. Robin Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

College of Health and Human Services

Professor, Interdisciplinary Neuroscience and Behavior Program

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