Elizabeth Donovan

Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Psychology

About Me

I am a psychologist with research interests in the management of chronic health conditions. Most recently, my research has focused on chronic pain. Specifically, I am interested in both qualitatively describing the experiences of children and adults living with chronic pain as well as developing and evaluating interventions to improve the lives of people living with chronic pain. I teach courses in developmental and health psychology.

What I Teach

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Individual and Community Health (Learning Community)

Research/Creative Activities

My research interests are in the management of chronic health conditions, particularly conditions involving chronic pain. My current research goals include qualitatively describing experiences of people living with chronic pain and creating and evaluating interventions to improve the lives of people living with chronic pain.

I am currently an investigator on four grants, working in collaboration with researchers from various medical schools. I am principal investigator on two of these grants. The goal of the first project is to develop and pilot test an intervention designed to increase social support for adolescents and young adults with sarcoma. The goal of the second project is to develop and pilot test an intervention for parents of children with chronic pain. I am also a co-investigator on two grants. The goal of the first project is to increase the provision of pharmacy-based naloxone to reduce overdose deaths from opioids. The goal of the second project is to create and evaluate a text-message based program designed to increase engagement in a state Medicaid pain management program. My research is currently funded by grants from the National Cancer Institute; the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health and Human Development; the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.