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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Jessica Fales

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of Maine, 2012

Contact Information

Office: Classroom (VCLS) 208E
Phone: (360) 546-9717
Website: Adolescent Health & Wellness Lab


Classes Taught

  • Psychology 363: Psychology of Aging
  • Psychology 361: Developmental Psychology
  • Psychology 440: Clinical/Community Psychology
  • Psychology 470: Motivation
  • Psychology 518: Lifespan Development

Research Interests

My research interests include: 1) psychosocial risk and protective factors for youth with chronic pain, 2) individual and family-based cognitive-behavioral interventions for pain and 3) the impact of persistent pain on social development and functioning in adolescence.

If you have any questions about these or related topics, please email me. I love to talk about research!

Dr. Fales plans to recruit a graduate student for Fall 2021 admission to the Experimental Psychology PhD Program.

Selected Publications

Fales, J., Murphy, L., Rights, J. D., & Palermo, T. M. (in press). Daily peer victimization experiences of adolescents with and without chronic pain: Associations with mood, sleep, and functional disability. Journal of Pain.

Wilson, A. C., Holley, A. L., Stone, A., Fales, J. L., & Palermo, T. M. (in press). Pain, physical and psychosocial functioning in adolescent children of parents with chronic pain. Journal of Pain.

Caes, L. & Fales, J. (in press). “Nothing about us without us.” The route to developing useful participatory activities for youth with chronic pain. Pediatric Pain Letter 

Fales, J., Ladd, B. O., & Magnan, R. E. (2019). Pain-relief as a motivation for cannabis use among young adult users with and without chronic pain. The Journal of Pain, 20(8), 908-916.

Fales, J., Rice, S., Aaron, R. A., & Palermo, T. M. (2018). Traditional and cyber-victimization among youth with and without chronic pain. Health Psychology, Vol.37(3), 291-300 

Noel, M., Rabbitts, J. A., Fales, J., Chorney, J., & Palermo, T. M. (2017). The influence of pain memories on children’s and adolescent’s post-surgical pain experience: A longitudinal dyadic analysis. Health Psychology, 36(10), 987-955.


Jessica Fales