Behavioral Medicine Services

Behavioral Medicine Services

The Behavioral Medicine Services at the Pain Management Center at Massachusetts General Hospital offer comprehensive assessment and behavioral treatments to patients dealing with chronic pain and related conditions.
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Behavioral Therapies to Address Chronic Pain

The Behavioral Medicine Services at the Pain Management Center at Massachusetts General Hospital offer comprehensive assessment and behavioral treatments to patients dealing with chronic pain and experiencing one or more of the following conditions related to that pain:

  • Anxiety, depression and/or other mood disorders
  • Work disability and other limitations
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Trouble adhering to treatment plans
  • Substance use

Patients become members of their care team with a psychologist and psychiatrist from Behavioral Medicine Services. Your team will help you focus on treatment plans, which may include:

  • Short-term cognitive therapies
  • Relaxation training
  • Group workshops
  • Patient and family education

Group Workshops Support Individual Goals

Our behavioral group program provides patients with a supportive environment to help them reach their individual goals and interact with others who share their experience. Our group sessions meet once a month and focus on helping patients to develop pain coping skills, self-management techniques, increased ability to function and improving quality of life.

Interdisciplinary Approach to Assessment

At the Mass General Pain Management Center, we take an interdisciplinary approach to your care.  Working with pain specialists throughout the center, we will recommend treatment plans that address different aspects of your condition, and will work with your physician and other providers to coordinate your treatment.

We collaborate with other services within the Pain Management Center to offer:

  • Interdisciplinary evaluations for those who have experienced work-related injuries
  • Psychological assessments for patients seeking advanced interventional therapies such as spinal cord stimulation
  • Risk assessments for patients needing opioid therapies
  • Support for patients choosing to transition from opioid therapy to alternate forms of treatment

We also collaborate with other departments throughout Mass General, providing consultative services when needed, and referring patients to other department programs, if recommended.  Departments that we collaborate with include surgery, neurology, psychology, oral & maxillofacial surgery and internal medicine.

What to Expect

Your initial consultation with your care team will be an evaluation of your pain condition. We will review your medical history with you. If you are a new patient to the Pain Management Center, please bring a list of medications, vitamins and herbal supplements that you take, along with information on dosages. Please bring any medical records, imaging, consultation notes, and notes on previous treatments and their effectiveness. Additionally, we have found that it is helpful when a patient brings a partner, family member or friend to the consultation.

During your consultation, we will work with you to develop your treatment plan and recommend options that help you achieve your goals. The risks and benefits of each option will be discussed. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to choose a treatment plan that is right for you.

Scheduling an Appointment

You must have a referral from your physician in order to schedule an appointment.  Once your appointment is scheduled, please fill out the new patient questionnaire and bring it and any other records with you to your first appointment.

Referring a Patient

To refer a patient to our center, please complete the new patient referral form and fax to 617-726-3441.

Our goal is to follow-up with you within 24 hours of a referral request, and to contact your patient within 48 hours to schedule an appointment. Your patient will need to complete a new patient questionnaire prior to their visit. This questionnaire will help in our initial evaluation, and will help us develop an appropriate pain management plan for your patient.

Consultative Services for Chronic Opioid Therapy

In addition to our clinical program, we provide consultative services for primary care physicians considering opioid therapy for patients experiencing chronic pain. Our patient services include a comprehensive evaluation involving a psychological screening, and recommendations on medication type and management. In general, the physicians in the Pain Management Center do not prescribe opioid pain medication, but consult with primary care physicians who are responsible for prescribing opioid pain medication.

To refer a patient for chronic opioid therapy consultation, please fill out the patient evaluation form and fax to 617-726-3441.

Mass General Difference

Mass General is consistently ranked among the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Our ranking is based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 clinical specialties. Our commitment to excellence means that we work to ensure that you receive the best care at all points during your visit.

As an academic medical center, Mass General invests in research to understand disease and develop new approaches in treatment. Our doctors are leaders within their respective fields, and collaborate with colleagues in various departments across the hospital. As a patient, you benefit from shared expertise, leading research, and our commitment to quality and excellence.

Our Doctors

  • Acampora, Gregory A., MD


    Not Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Addiction Salience
    • Central Autonomic Network (CAN)
    • Cortico-Striato(Cerebello)-Thalamo-Cortical Circuits
    • Pharmacodynamics/Pharmacokinetics
    • TSF (12-Step Facilitation) mechanisms
    Board Certifications
    • Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Addiction Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Boston: Psychiatry Department
    • Charlestown: Charlestown HealthCare Center/Monument St Community Clinic
  • Kulich, Ronald Jon, PhD


    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Clinical psychology
    • Pain medicine
    • Boston: Center for Pain Medicine
    • Waltham: Mass General Waltham Pain Medicine

Conditions & Diseases

  • Major Depression

    Major depression, also known as clinical depression or unipolar depression, is classified as a type of affective disorder or mood disorder that goes beyond the day's ordinary ups and downs, becoming a serious medical condition and important health concern in this country.

  • Substance Abuse / Chemical Dependency

    There are three different terms used to define substance-related disorders, including substance abuse, substance dependence, and chemical dependence.



Contact Us

Pain Management Center

Wang Ambulatory Care Center

15 Parkman Street Suite 340 Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 617-726-8810
  • Fax: 617-726-3441

We are also located at:

Mass General Waltham
Pain Management Center
2nd Floor, Suite 2100
52 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 781-487-3883
Fax: 617-726-3441

Refer a patient (PDF)

Call for more information: 617-726-8810

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