John Otis, Ph.D.

Director, Behavioral Medicine Program

  • Title Director, Behavioral Medicine Program
  • Office 900 Commonwealth Avenue, Floor 2


John D. Otis, Ph.D.

Director, Behavioral Medicine Program

Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders

900 Commonwealth Avenue, Floor 2



Dr. Otis is the Director of the Behavioral Medicine Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. He received his graduate training in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida Shands Hospital, specializing in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain. He completed his APA accredited clinical internship at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and has been practicing in Boston, MA,  since 2002.


For the past 20 years, Dr. Otis has conducted research and produced scholarly writing on pain throughout the lifespan. Dr. Otis has focused his clinical research career on the development of innovative approaches to pain management, tailored to specialized patient populations. His most recent research focuses on the development of an intensive integrated treatment for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans who experience variety of chronic pain conditions complicated by mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Dr. Otis has helped countless numbers of individuals gain greater control over their chronic pain. He travels nationally giving presentations and workshops to both clinicians and patients on how the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be used to help people lead healthier and more productive lives. He is the author of Managing Chronic Pain (Oxford University Press: Treatments that Work Series) – an “evidence based” treatment program that includes both a therapist manual and patient workbook.


Website: Managing Chronic Pain





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