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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Jessica Fales

Associate 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 464: Behavior Disorders of Children and Adolescents
  • 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 will be considering graduate student applications for Fall 2025 admission to the Experimental Psychology PhD Program.

Selected Publications

Fales, J. & Noel, M. (2020). The effects of brief social exclusion on pain perception and pain memory in adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 66(5), 623-625.

Fales, J., Murphy, L., Rights, J. D., & Palermo, T. M. (2020). 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. (2020). Pain, physical and psychosocial functioning in adolescent children of parents with chronic pain. Journal of Pain.

Caes, L. & Fales, J. (2020). “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 



Jessica Fales