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Johan Vlaeyen, PhD



Professor, Experimental Health Psychology, Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands, Emeritus Professor, Health Psychology Research Group, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, Adjunct Research Professor, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

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  • Associate Editorial Board, PAIN (2000-now)
  • Member IASP Presidential Task Force interdisciplinary pain management (2021-now)
  • Member IASP International Classification of Diseases Task Force (ICD-11) (2014 - now)
  • Member IASP Fellowships, Grants, and Awards Working Group (2012-2016)
  • Member of the IASP scientific program committee for the congress in Montreal (2010) and the congress in Milan (2012)
  • Member executive board SIG Pain and Movement (2000-2002)
  • Member IASP Task Force on pain curriculum, Psychology (1998, 2014, 2011)




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I am a behavioral health scientist, interested in the transition from acute to chronic pain from a affective-motivational perspective. Through experimental designs using behavioral paradigms in humans, I wish to disentangle how individuals adjust to the unusual experience of chronic pain via associative learning, and pain avoidance learning in particular. I highly value translational research and contribute to the development of customized cognitive-behavioral treatments to the benefit of those who suffer chronic pain. Besides applying traditional group-based randomized clinical trials, I also am excited about the new window of opportunities with single-case experimental designs, thereby bridging the scientist-practitioner gap. I have been predominantly funded by the Flemish Government, Belgium, the Research Foundation–Flanders, Belgium (FWO), and the European Commission.

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