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The goal of painACTION is to help people improve their self-management of their pain condition. Written with the help of health educators, pain experts, and people dealing with pain, this site is a resource to come back to repeatedly, to track the occurrence of pain as well as to learn more.

This site does not carry advertisements. The site does not host or receive funding from advertising or from commercial content. This site does not allow users to directly post content. All content is reviewed before posting to assure that it meets the editorial standards and does not contain advertising.


This site was developed by Inflexxion®, Inc. with three grants from the National Institutes of Health:

  • A Website for the Self-Management of Chronic Back Pain (SBIR # 5R44DA023539-03)
  • Improving Pain Management In Cancer Care in Latinos (SBIR# 5R44 DA022779-03)
  • Web Based Support to Self- Manage Migraine Pain (SBIR #5R44DA022802-03)

Inflexxion®, Inc., founded in 1989, creates behavioral health solutions for prevention, education and disease management using engaging interactive multimedia and Internet technologies. We develop clinically-tested assessment tools, intervention and prevention programs that help health professionals, government agencies, educational institutions, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies deliver quality care to diverse populations. Our interactive programs aim to reduce health-related risks, enhance clinical outcomes, and positively influence quality of care.

The following professionals have led the development of painACTION:

Principal Investigators

Emil Chiauzzi, Ph.D., Vice President of Product Strategy

Dr. Chiauzzi is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in interactive online health programs for substance abuse, college health, and chronic pain. Dr. Chiauzzi has been the Principal Investigator on many National Institutes of Health grants and currently leads the grants supporting the back pain and cancer modules for painACTION.

Jonas Bromberg, Psy.D., Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Bromberg is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience treating people who are coping with chronic illness. At Inflexxion, he has developed self-management programs focused on adjustment to cancer, understanding the risk of genetic disease, and managing chronic pain. 

Lynette Menefee Pujol, Ph.D.

Dr. Pujol is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Professor at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. She specializes in behavioral medicine at the Jefferson Pain Center. She is the co-Principal Investigator on the grant that supports the back pain module for painACTION.

Medical Direction 

Kevin Zacharoff, M.D., Director of Medical Affairs

Dr. Zacharoff is a licensed, Board Certified, anesthesiologist with more than 25 years of clinical experience in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. He is an Emeritus Member of the Medical Staff of St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in New York, and currently holds a Faculty Appointment as a Clinical Instructor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook Medical School.


Aviva Schwartz, M.A. holds a Master of Arts in Health Communication from Emerson College and Tufts University School of Medicine. Ms. Schwartz has written articles for the painACTION website and content for the second edition of Your Guide to Pain Management.

Ellen Patterson, M.D., M.A. is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and formerly practiced adult psychiatry. She also holds a Master of Arts in Health Communication from Emerson College and Tufts University School of Medicine. She has written content for multiple Inflexxion products, including an educational program for clinicians about safe opioid management in chronic pain.

Wendy L. Williams, B.S.N., M.Ed. is a health educator with a Master of Education in Adult and Organizational Learning from Northeastern University. She has years of experience in clinical nursing, specializing in HIV/AIDS and oncology. She has written, edited and managed content for two pain education websites; for healthcare providers and for people living with pain.