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New Strategies for Couples Coping with Chronic Pain

130 1 Hour
Dr. Cano will provide an overview of the research on the powerful effect of couples' relationship dynamics on pain and will provide evidence-based strategies for couples to manage pain and distress together.

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Couples can learn new skills to support each other to manage pain and distress while also growing closer together. Healthy relationships make pain more bearable.

Learning Outcomes

Identify the challenges that people with chronic pain face when discussing pain with their loved ones
Describe the concerns that loved ones have for their partners in pain
Identify positive communication strategies that couples can practice to reduce stress and improve mood
Create a plan for practicing positive strategies as a couple and individually


Annmarie Cano
Dr. Annmarie Cano is a Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of Student Services in the Graduate School at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan (USA). Dr. Cano conducts research on emotion regulation, empathy, and intimacy processes in couples facing health problems. She has over 60 publications and she has served as PI on grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. In recognition of her research contributions, she was elected in 2016 as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Divisions 38 (Society for Health Psychology) and 43 (Society for Couple and Family Psychology). Dr. Cano has also served the field as Associate Editor at both Health Psychology and Journal of Family Psychology and currently sits on the editorial boards of American Psychologist and Journal of Pain. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from Stony Brook University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Princeton University.

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