Peggy Compton, RN, PhD, FAAN

Associate Professor
University of California Los Angeles
School of Nursing
Los Angeles, California

Dr. Peggy Compton received her PhD in nursing science at New York University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in opioid addiction at the UCLA Drug Abuse Research Center. She is an associate professor at the UCLA School of Nursing in the Acute Care Section. Dr. Compton’s research program explores pain and opioid addiction from a clinical perspective, with a specific interest in how the presence of one affects the expression of the other. She has been systematically studying the pain responses of opioid-addicted/dependent individuals, and is a clinical expert in detecting opiate abuse and addiction in chronic pain patients.

Dr. Compton is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Pain Society, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Society of Pain Management Nurses, and the International Association for Pain and Chemical Dependency (advisory board), among others. She is on the editorial board of Journal of Addictions Nursing, Advances in Pain Management, and Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. In addition she consults, gives invited lectures, and has authored multiple publications on opioid-induced hyperalgesia, addiction in the chronic pain patient, and pain management for the patient with addictive disease.

Last modified: June 29, 2012