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[Fireside Chat] Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches in Managing Pain

In the fourth instalment of our Fireside Chat series, we have Dr Adriana Banozic, a trained psychologist and neuroscientist, to share the goals of cognitive behavioural therapy in pain management.

Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches in Managing Pain

About 8.7% of individuals in Singapore live with chronic pain. In understanding pain, it is important to emphasize that there is an overlap between psychological factors (how pain is perceived, understood and emotionally processed), other comorbidities and acute and chronic pain.

A common misconception about pain is that it is best treated with a purely biomedical approach. On the contrary, other factors can be integral to the experience of pain and may significantly reduce the need for medical treatment.

During the fireside chat, Dr Adriana will present CBT goals in pain management that include reducing the impact pain has on one's daily life, learning skills for better coping with pain, improving physical and emotional functioning and well-being, and reducing reliance on pain medication.

Some of the benefits of CBT include helping the person understand where the negative thinking comes from and show them how to respond to pain in a less threatening way, so they can have a better quality of life.

This is part of CAL’s engagement to empowerment (E2E) programme in which we seek to Engage more, Equip more and Empower more, helping caregivers to achieve a higher level of well-being and resilience.

Speaker Background

Dr Adriana Banozic, PhD, is a trained psychologist and neuroscientist with an executive education in Implementing Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. She specialises in managing cross-functional environments using consensus building, and communicating complex issues in simple and concise language for multiple audiences.

Since 2014, Dr Adriana has been involved in various research projects with A*STAR, NUS, and CREATE, and has significant experience in developing and managing research-policy partnerships in Singapore and the region.

Dr Adriana is also involved in several professional committees and societies. Amongst her various involvements, she is Advisor to the UN Women Committee and a policy fellow with the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge.


Date: 31 August 2021, Tuesday

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm, including Q&A session

Venue: Online via Zoom Details will be emailed to all participants by 24 August 2021, Tuesday.

Speaker: Dr Adriana Banozic

Trained Psychologist and Neuroscientist

Registration URL: Registration is now closed.

We welcome everyone to join us for the online chat session.


Post Event Update

In CAL’s latest Fireside Chat held on 31 August, psychologist and neuroscientist Dr Adriana Banozic spoke about the psychological mechanisms of pain management, and how cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can be used in the treatment of chronic pain.

The 211 participants were particularly interested in the skills such as journaling, relaxed breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, that they could use at home to manage chronic pain.

Participant Jade Foo said, “The topic was fascinating. Dr Adriana is personable and a down-to-earth expert. The session was well organised. The emcee was knowledgeable and managed the participants' questions well.”


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