Ravi Prasad, Ph.D.

Director of Behavioral Health, Division of Pain Medicine

Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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Pain Psychology

Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-7246

Philosophy of Care

I believe in a person-centered, interdisciplinary approach to care. This means that treatment should focus on the person rather than the diagnosis, and that achieving optimal outcomes will often require efforts in multiple areas at once.

Clinical Interests

As a pain psychologist, Dr. Prasad's primary clinical focus is on the evaluation and treatment of individuals living with pain conditions. Outside the realm of pain, he has a strong interest in clinician wellness.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Prasad is committed to helping patients and clinicians better understand the role of psychological and behavioral interventions in pain care and thus engages in pain education at multiple levels across different domains. His research interests focus on the effectiveness of non-pharmacologic treatment for pain conditions.


Pain Medicine

Undergraduate School

B.S., Psychology, Texas A&M, College Station TX 1996

Other School

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX 2003

Other School

M.A., Counseling Psychology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX 1999


Psychology, Salt Lake City VA Healthcare System, Salt Lake City UT 2001-2002


Pain Psychology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco CA 2002-2004

Bono CM, Dougherty P, Rahmathulla G, Taleghani C, Trammell T, Brewer R, Prasad R. Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines for Multidisciplinary Spine Care: Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain (Medical and Psychological Treatment Section). North American Spine Society. 2020.

Spas JJ, Buscemi J, Prasad R, Janke EA, Nigg CR. The Society of Behavioral Medicine supports an increase in funding for Medication-Assisted-Treatment (MAT) to address the opioid crisis. Transl Behav Med. 2020 May 20;10(2):486-488. doi:10.1093/tbm/ibz004. PMID:30690582.

Jacobsen PB, Prasad R, Villani J, Lee CM, Rochlin D, Scheuter C, Kaplan RM, Freedland KE, Manber R, Kanaan J, Wilson DK. The role of economic analyses in promoting adoption of behavioral and psychosocial interventions in clinical settings. Health Psychol. 2019 Aug;38(8):680-688. doi:10.1037/hea0000774. PMID:31368752.

Wandner LD, Prasad R, Ramezani A, Malcore SA, Kerns RD. Core competencies for the emerging specialty of pain psychology. Am Psychol. 2019 May-Jun;74(4):432-444. doi:10.1037/amp0000330. Epub 2018 Aug 2. PMID:30070541.

Fishman SM, Young HM, Lucas Arwood E, Chou R, Herr K, Murinson BB, Watt-Watson J, Carr DB, Gordon DB, Stevens BJ, Bakerjian D, Ballantyne JC, Courtenay M, Djukic M, Koebner IJ, Mongoven JM, Paice JA, Prasad R, Singh N, Sluka KA, St Marie B, Strassels SA. Core competencies for pain management: results of an interprofessional consensus summit. Pain Med. 2013 Jul;14(7):971-81. doi:10.1111/pme.12107. Epub 2013 Apr 11. PMID:23577878.

Prasad R, Hah J. Crisis = Opportunity: Reducing Medication Burden While Managing Chronic Pain. PAINWeek J. 2018 Aug;(6)3:32-41.

Prasad R, Wandner L. Psychosocial and Cultural Aspects of Pain. Khelemsky Y, Gritsenko K, Malhotra A (eds). Academic Pain Medicine: A Practical Guide to Rotations, Fellowship, and Beyond, Springer. 2019.

Prasad R, Ramezani A, McCarron R, Malcore, S. Psychiatric Treatment. Khelemsky Y, Gritsenko K, Malhotra A (eds). Academic Pain Medicine: A Practical Guide to Rotations, Fellowship, and Beyond, Springer. 2019.

Prasad R, Azizoddin, D, Ramezani, A. Pain Psychology Evaluation. Ballantyne, JC, Fishman SM, Rathmell JP (eds). Bonica’s Management of Pain, 5th Edition, Wolters Kluwer Health. 2018.

Prasad R, Hah J. Multidisciplinary Care of Chronic Pain. Longnecker, Mackey SC (eds). Anesthesiology 3rd Edition, McGraw Hill. 2018.