Jennifer C Plumb Vilardaga
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Jennifer Plumb Vilardaga, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Plumb Vilardaga conducts research on behavioral pain management intervention development and implementation for disease-related pain such as cancer, advanced cancer, and arthritis to promote adult and older adult physical and mental wellbeing.  She is particularly interested in research examining the impact of brief cognitive-behavioral and acceptance and commitment therapy-informed interventions that utilize skills such as physical activity promotion, goal-setting linked to areas of personal meaning and purpose, and mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies. She has been involved with work funded by NIH, and has an emerging line of research funded by NIH-supported pilot award and career development programs. She has a strong clinical background working with older adults, underserved individuals, complex medical and mental health comorbidities, and trauma and substance use problems, which she draws on to inform her research. Dr. Plumb Vilardaga maintains a clinical practice at the Duke Faculty Practice where she also supervises psychology learners.  

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