Kevin Vowles, PhD

Kevin Vowles holds a chair as Professor of Clinical Health Psychology at Queen’s University – Belfast. Prior to that he was a Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. For the past two decades, Kevin has worked as a clinical academic in the area of chronic pain, its assessment, effective treatment, interdisciplinary interventions, and the interface of chronic pain and substance use. He has been a key figure in the development and adaptation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for chronic pain and has authored many of the key research publications in this area. His work is cited by the American Psychological Association’s Division of Clinical Psychology in their listing of ACT for chronic pain as an intervention with strong research support: the highest possible grading. To date, he has published over 110 scientific papers. He is an Associate Editor for Pain and the British JOURNAL OF Health Psychology and served on the editorial boards for the European Journal of Pain and Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. Dr. Vowles has been invited to present at over 75 different conferences, symposia, and workshops. His work has been reported in Physician’s Weekly, US News and World Report, Forbes, and Science Daily. He has secured nearly $6M in research funding.