Ravi Prasad, Ph.D.


Pain Psychology



  • Clinical Professor


To see if Ravi Prasad is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 2700
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions

Primary Phone:

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 clinical interests focus on treatment outcomes.


Pain Medicine


Ph.D., Psychology, Texas Tech, 2003

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

B.S., Psychology, Texas A&M, 1996


Psychology, V.A. Salt Lake City Health Care System, 2001-2002


Pain Management, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco, 2002-2004

Select Recent Publications

Wandner, L D, Prasad, R, Ramezani, A, Malcore, S A, & Kerns, R D (2018, August 2). Core Competencies for the Emerging Specialty of Pain Psychology. American Psychologist. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/amp0000330. 

Fishman, SM, Young, HM, Arwood, EL, 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, K, St. Marie, B, Strassels, SA. “Core Competencies for Pain Management: Results of an Interprofessional Consensus Summit.” Pain Med. 2013 Jul; 14(7): 971-81.

Younger J, Barelka P, Carroll I, Kaplan K, Chu, L, Prasad R, Gaeta R, Mackey S. "Reduced Cold Pain Tolerance in Chronic Pain Patients Following Opioid Detoxification." Pain Med. 2008 Nov/Dec; 9(8): 1158-1163.

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

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