Mark P. Jensen (US)

Mark P. Jensen, PhD, is a Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. He has published extensively (nine books and over 550 articles and book chapters) on the topics of pain assessment and treatment. His research that has shown hypnosis to be effective for a variety of pain conditions, including pain assocaited with cancer, low back pain, and pain associated with physical disabilities such as spinal cord injury and multiple sclerisos. He has also been evaluating the mechanisms of hypnotic analgesia – in particular the effects of hypnosis on brain states and brain activity, and how these brain activity changes may facilitate response to hypnotic suggestions. His award-winning book on the use of hypnosis for chronic pain management (Hypnosis for Chronic Pain: Therapist Guide, published by Oxford University Press; translated into German as Hypnose bei chronischem Schmerz: Ein Behandlungsmanual, published by Carl-Auer) provides a popular intruduciton to hypnosis and hypnotic pain treatment. He is also the editor of the Voices of Experience series of books, published by Denny Creek Press. Each book in the series includes chapters by 10 or more master clinicians from all over the world, who describe and model their favorite and most effective hypnotic techniques, including those related to inductions (The Art and Practice of Hypnotic Induction), chronic pain (Hypnotic Techniques for Chronic Pain Management), acute pain (Hypnosis for Acute and Procedural Pain Management), and hypnotic techniques that can be used to address a variety of presenting problems (Handbook of Hypnotic Techniques, Vol. 1).