Current Environment:

Ongoing and upcoming studies

Neurobiological Mechanisms of Stress in Youth with Chronic Widespread Pain

Clinical trial funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health involving functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and quantitative sensory testing to examine the brain-based mechanisms historically associated with psychological stress that may play a role in the maintenance of chronic pain and mind-body treatment response.

NIH Grant Number: 5TK23AT010643 NCT04488757

Pain-related Stigma and Stress

Survey-based study in collaboration with Dr. Emily Wakefield at Connecticut Children's Medical Center focused on examining the association between pain-related stigma, psychological stress, and treatment engagement in pediatric pain populations. 

Preliminary efficacy of a mindfulness curriculum in addressing neurobiological, pain-related, and psychological outcomes in youth with chronic pain

Pilot investigation on the efficacy of the Learn2Breath (L2B) mindfulness protocol in mitigating neurobiological wear and tear of stress (i.e., allostatic load) in pediatric chronic musculoskeletal pain. Funding proposal pending. 

Initial exploration of endocannabinoid expression in pediatric chronic pain

Pilot investigation of salivary endocannabinoid expression in youth with chronic pain enrolled in intensive pain rehabilitation treatment. Funding proposal pending.