Departments & Divisions
Meredith L Stensland, Ph.D., LMSW
Assistant Professor of Research
As a scientist practitioner with a background in clinical social work, I am devoted to understanding and improving the lives of individuals who have physical and emotional pain. I worked as a hospice social worker for five years, and it was the emphasis placed on pain management at end-of-life that first led to my interest in researching pain. My research focuses on older adults living with chronic pain; I also study the utility of animal-assisted interventions for pain and depression in dialysis clinics. In my clinical work, I facilitate a psychoeducational chronic pain therapy group.
- 2017 - PhD - Social Work - University of Iowa
- 2013 - MSW - Social Work - University of Northern Iowa
- 2012 - BSW - Social Work - Wartburg College
- 2020 - Assistant Professor - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
- 2019 - Research Associate - University of Texas at Austin
Research & Grants
“Racial disparity in the context of pain management; Developing, administering and evaluating an e-learning training curriculum to foster awareness and empathy in medical students.” (2021). University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine Academy of Health Science Education Small Grants Award.
Stensland, M. & McGeary, D. D. (2022). Use of animal-assisted interventions in relieving pain in healthcare settings: A systematic review. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 46, 101519.
Stensland, M. (2021). Managing the incurable: Older pain clinic patients’ experiences of managing treatment-resistant chronic low back pain. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, doi: 10.1080/01634372.2021.1898073
Stensland, M. (2020). “If you don’t keep going, you're gonna die.”: Helplessness and perseverance among older adults living with chronic low back pain. The Gerontologist. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnaa150
Stensland, M. & Sanders, S. (2018). “It has changed my whole life”: The systemic implications of chronic low back pain among older adults. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 61(2), 129-150.
Stensland, M. & Sanders, S. (2018). Living a life full of pain: Older pain clinic patients’ experience of living with chronic low back pain. Qualitative Health Research, 28(9), 1434-1448.
Stensland, M. & Sanders, S. (2018). Not so golden after all: The complexities of chronic low back pain in older adulthood. The Gerontologist, 58(5), 923-931.