Chronic pain study looking for participants

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The Departments of Human Development and Family Studies and Occupational Therapy are conducting a new study aimed at improving the health of caregivers and individuals with chronic pain.

Do you experience chronic pain and do you have someone in your life who also has pain? If so, we may be able to help! Faculty members Arlene Schmid and Christine Fruhauf are testing a unique online intervention of gentle movement and education for pairs who experience chronic pain. The study is looking for two connected people (spouses, partners, parent/adult child, and friends/neighbors) who have chronic pain and who help each other to take part in an online/virtual education and gentle movement study. The intervention includes 8 weeks of gentle movement and education (two sessions per week, 2 hours per online session). The following criteria must be met for participants interested in the study:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have a willing partner (i.e., care receiver or caregiver)
  • Must have chronic or persistent pain

The program is completely free and you can receive up to $100 in gift cards. If you and someone else in your life care for each other and both experience chronic pain, please call or email: (970) 491-8204 or

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies and Department of Occupational Therapy are part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.