Patricia Bruckenthal, PhD, ANP-C, FAAN is an Associate Professor in the Stony Brook University School of Nursing in Stony Brook, New York, and has worked as a nurse practitioner in pain management for over 20 years. She received her undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees at Stony Brook University and her PhD at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts. Her postdoctorate traineeship was completed at the Applied Behavioral Medicine Research Institute at Stony Brook University. Dr Bruckenthal has presented at numerous national conferences on pain management issues and is a member of several clinical and research nursing societies. She is a past president of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing, and serves as a member of the ethics committee for the American Pain Society, a member of the State Pain Policy Advocacy Network Leadership Advisory Council, and a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine Foundation Board. She is on the editorial board of Pain Management Nursing and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications. Dr Bruckenthal’s research focuses on self-management of chronic pain and pain assessment and management of older adults. She was a co-investigator on a multi-site clinical trial, funded by the National Institutes of Health, of Pain Coping Skills Training (PCST) for patients with chronic osteoarthritis pain, completed in 2013. This trial demonstrated the effectiveness of PCST treatment delivery by nurse practitioners–a major advance for improving access to this option for pain management.