About us

Gwenn Herman, LCSW, DCSW, founder and clinical director of Pain Connection, created the organization in 1999 following a motor vehicle accident that left her with unrelenting pain. 

As a licensed social worker, she was frustrated with the lack of support and treatment available to those suffering. Determined to help bridge that gap in care, she established Pain Connection to provide support groups and resources to help individuals with chronic illness and pain as well as their families. 

In 2016, Pain Connection joined forces with U.S. Pain Foundation and has continued to expand its offerings nationwide. 

Over the years, Gwenn has become a leading voice in the chronic pain community. She has been featured in various media outlets on the topic of pain, and in 2009, co-authored the book, Making the Invisible Visible: Chronic Pain Manual for Health Care Providers

In 2018, Gwenn was appointed to the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, the highest-ranking pain policy oversight committee in the country. She also recently received a grant from the Massage Therapy Foundation to study the effect of massage on the need for pain medications. 

Gwenn currently lives in Arizona with her husband, Malcolm, and has a private psychotherapy practice in Tucson.

Our mission

 A program of the U.S. Pain Foundation, Pain Connection is dedicated to empowering people with chronic pain to improve their quality of life, decrease their sense of isolation, and take a more active role in their treatment.

Our team

In addition to Gwenn, Pain Connection’s team includes:

Malcolm Herman, JD. Malcolm supports Gwenn in running Pain Connection. At support group leader trainings and speaking events, he helps shed light on the perspective of the caregiver. He also is the director of the National Coalition for Chronic Pain Providers and Professionals, a program of U.S. Pain Foundation.

Cindy Steinberg. Cindy, National Director of Policy and Advocacy for U.S. Pain Foundation, has run a support group in Arlington, MA, for 20 years. She co-leads Pain Connection’s support group leader trainings.

Marty Steinberg, JD. Marty presents at Pain Connection support group leader trainings on the role of the caregiver in conjunction with Malcolm.

Contact us

Pain Connection
6105 E Grant Road
Tucson, Arizona 85712

Email: info@painconnection.org
Phone: 800-910-0664

About U.S. Pain Foundation

The U.S. Pain Foundation is the largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to chronic pain. The mission of U.S. Pain is

 to empower, educate, connect, and advocate for people living with chronic conditions that cause pain. 
For more information, visit www.uspainfoundation.org.

Pain Connection in the news


Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Veterans specialized support group in 2021


Additional support for specialized groups in 2021

Support group training in 2021

Online community group (coming soon)

Thank you for recognizing the vital need to support and empower people with chronic pain.