Beverly E. Thorn

Professor Emeritus


  • PhD, Southern Illinois University

Research Areas

  • assessment and treatment of persistent painful conditions
  • health behaviors
  • living with chronic illness


Beverly E. Thorn received her PhD from Southern Illinois University in 1980. Dr. Thorn has been the Director of Clinical Training since 1992. She is active in teaching, clinical supervision, and research supervision. She teaches ethics, supervises psychotherapy practicum, and teaches advanced sex therapy. She has published over 50 articles and book chapters in the area of pain, its neurochemical substrate, and pain management and is grant-supported by the National Institutes of Health. Her research also examines the areas of psychological assessment and treatment of painful states. She is a frequent reviewer for the various pain-related journals as well as Health PsychologyJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. She serves on the APA Council of Representatives for the Division of Health Psychology.