USASP Committees and Working Groups

The USASP relies on its members to volunteer their time on various committees and working groups to address the policy and operating concerns of the association. A “Call for Volunteers” is our cry for help. The Committee on Committees evaluates the pool of volunteers and recommends to the board the composition of committees and work groups.

If you are interested in volunteering, please check back at a later date for any available opportunities. If you are volunteering in response to a "call" we will get back to you sooner than later!

*The 2021 application for USASP committee volunteers is now closed. Please check back at a later date for any available opportunities.

Current Committees and Task Forces:


Click on a committee or task force name to see that group's role, responsibilities, and contact information. You may also view all current USASP Committee and Task Force members here.

This Committee will develop a coalition of professional societies and other groups interested in working with the USASP to support pain research, management, and education.

Co-Chairs: Diane Hoffmann ([email protected]) & Lindsey Yessick ([email protected])

The Collaborations Committee evaluates oversee opportunities and invitations for collaboration with other groups, including but not limited to policy statements or briefs, guideline development, deliberations in advocacy efforts, and endorsement of best practice recommendations, guidelines or resources. Its Charter can be viewed (HERE).

Chair: Keela Herr ([email protected])

The Committee on Committees identifies and proposes the names of and terms of all committee chairs and members to the Board of Directors. Recommendations are made to ensure diversity, including race, gender, age, and geographic and professional diversity across committees and within each committee. Its Charter can be viewed (HERE).

Chair: Michael Gold ([email protected])

This Committee shall guide USASP initiatives and programs centered on educating the public, educators, health care providers, and government officials about pain research and treatment. This Committee will refine the DRAFT charter (LINK HERE) for future board approval.

Chair: Wendy Gaultney ([email protected])

This Committee will be established to support and enhance the education and professional development of pain researchers and clinicians at all stages of their careers through education, training, networking, and other activities. The committee also works to increase and enhance diversity and inclusion within USASP, by advancing the needs of all audiences, ensuring accessibility for all pain researchers/clinicians and encouraging a climate that supports their differences. This Committee will work closely with the Scientific Program Committee. Their first charge will be to refine the DRAFT charter (LINK HERE) for future board approval.

Co-Chairs: Jennifer Haythornthwaite ([email protected]) & Hadas Nahman Averbuch ([email protected])

The Finance Committee determines annual dues, prepares a budget, and makes recommendations on reserve funds and investments to the Board of Directors. When an audit is scheduled, the committee works with the independent auditor to ensure compliance with accounting rules and regulations.

Chair: Jennifer Haythornthwaite ([email protected])

The IDEA committee will strive to help build and maintain an inclusive, diverse environment where differences of opinion, beliefs, and values are sought, listened to, respected, and valued. Through IDEA efforts, USASP is dedicated to expanding membership, participation, and leadership that reflect our broad membership. The USASP IDEA committee will be responsible for identifying ways to build and maintain an inclusive organization where differences of opinion, beliefs, and values are sought, listened to, respected, and valued. It will also be responsible for providing resources, consultation, and feedback to USASP committees, volunteers and members in order to support their efforts toward building and maintaining an inclusive, welcoming environment within the organization. Lastly, it will be responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of IDEA events and initiatives at USASP Scientific Meetings to build a more diverse and inclusive meeting.

Co-Chairs: Edgar Alfonso Romero-Sandoval ([email protected]) & Steven Kinsey ([email protected])

The goal of this Task Force will be to review the current status of the JoP and organize a search for the next EiC to replace Mark Jensen. At a future date, we plan to create a Publications Committee (see below) to oversee the JoP and make recommendations about any additions to the USASP publication portfolio.

Chair: Gerald Gebhart ([email protected])

The primary charge of this committee is to increase USASP membership through the recruitment of new members and retention of existing members. It will be responsible for developing policies and procedures regarding the membership application process. Their first charge will be to refine the DRAFT charter (LINK HERE) for future board approval.

Co-Chairs: Emily Bartley ([email protected]) & Ruth Chimenti ([email protected])

The primary charge of this committee is to solicit nominees for USASP board and Officers (President, Treasurer, Secretary). The Committee will generate the wording for the call for nominees to ensure that those running for elected positions represent the disciplines and composition of the membership. The committee will evaluate each nominee for qualifications and then present to the Association membership the names of all qualified candidates for election to the Board and to the Officers of the Association. The first charge of this Committee will be to refine the DRAFT charter (LINK HERE) for future board approval.

Chair: Michael Gold ([email protected])

The primary charge of this Committee is the annual scientific meeting of the USASP, which includes everything ranging from the meeting format to running sessions (if necessary and appropriate). The committee will need to balance the needs of the SIGs, oversee content for Early Career professions, and evaluate satellite sessions. The goal will be to organize a meeting that best meets the needs of the USASP membership. This committee will work closely with the Education Committee, as in the post-COVID19 era, a single event spread over three to five days may no longer be the only way to meet the needs of members. The first charge of this Committee will be to refine the DRAFT charter (LINK HERE) for future board approval.

Chair: Vitaly Napadow ([email protected])

The Primary charge of this Committee is Sponsorship of the USASP. The first action of this Committee will be to generate a policy for the USASP Board of Directors for approval. The sponsorship policy will be used to guide decisions about accepting external funding sources to the USASP (e.g., from either for-profit or non-profit organizations) and standards for disclosing these funds once accepted. The committee will also recommend to the Board of Directors standards for the acceptance of advertisements proposed by the publisher of The Journal of Pain. Finally, this committee will be charged with pursuing sponsorship for USASP events and activities with the goal of generating funds to be used to further the goals of the Association.

Chair: Patrick Finan ([email protected])


Current Special Interest Groups:


Click on a special interest group name to see that group's role, responsibilities, and contact information.

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Chair: Mark Bicket ([email protected])

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Chair: Rajesh Khanna ([email protected])

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Chair: Anitha Saravanan ([email protected])

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Chair: Gary Walco ([email protected])

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Chair: Calia Morais ([email protected])

 

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Chair: Roger Fillingim ([email protected])

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Co-Chairs: Lauren Atlas ([email protected])& Vitaly Napadow ([email protected])

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Chair: Cornelius Groenewald ([email protected])

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Co-Chairs: Matthew Herbert ([email protected]) & Hailey Bulls ([email protected])

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Chair: Chung Jung Mun (Moon) ([email protected])

Legacy Committees:


Click on a former committee name to see that group's members.

First Annual Meeting Committee

 

Organizing Committee