About Us

Our scientific pursuits are specific to investigating the interactive influences of biological, psychosocial, cognitive, and behavioral factors associated with chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions with an emphasis on stress, aging, health disparities, and resilience. 

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The intentions underlying our investigations are to:

  1. Elucidate biological measures reflecting the stress-related biological burden resulting from chronic pain conditions
  2. Delineate resilience and vulnerability factors for prevention and treatment
  3. Identify and investigate bio-behavioral strategies that optimize and/or serve as effective interventions in the treatment of chronic pain  


Our goals are to contribute to the research and medical community by improving the assessment of and appreciation for the biological impression of chronic pain, formulating a clinical composite for assessing and evaluating treatment interventions, and identifying strategies and targets to prevent, reduce, or ameliorate chronic pain.

PROPEL: Promoting Research and Optimizing Pain-Related Evidence-Based Learning

Educational efforts are focused on facilitating multidisciplinary, collaborative relationships; scholarly productivity; and clinical/translational pain research training. The overarching intentions and targeted outcomes of PROPEL are to increase medical students, residents, and faculty involvement in clinical-translational pain research; enhance the ability to evaluate research findings; and promote the translation of evidence into clinical practice.