Kimberly Sibille, Ph.D., M.A.
Associate Professor; Director, Pain TRAIL
About Kimberly Sibille
Employment and Training
Dr. Sibille is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Anesthesiology, Division of Pain Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. She is the Director of the Pain TRAIL, Translational Research in Assessment and Intervention Lab. Dr. Sibille is an affiliate faculty member in the University of Florida Institute on Aging, Pain Research & Intervention Center of Excellence, and School of Advanced Dental Sciences (SADS).
Dr. Sibille earned a doctoral degree in Psychology/Clinical Psychology with concentrations in Neuropsychology and Health Psychology from Fielding Graduate University and completed post-doctoral training in Clinical and Translational Pain Research through the University of Florida Comprehensive Center for Pain Research. Her research efforts benefit from a background in Exercise Science; over fifteen years of clinical practice in diverse healthcare settings; and experiences teaching healthcare professionals, graduate students, and medical and dental residents.
Honors and Awards
Dr. Sibille an awardee of the University of Florida 2017 Research Excellence Award for Assistant Professors and the 2017 – 2018 College of Medicine Term Professorship. She is currently funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and was previously funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and the NIH Loan Repayment Program (2011-2017). Additionally, she was the recipient of the 2014 American Pain Society Sharon S. Keller Chronic Pain Research Grant, the 2014 UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Patient-Oriented Pilot Award, the 2012 International Association for the Study of Pain and Scan/Design Foundation by Inger & Jens Bruun, the 2012 UF CTSI KL2 Scholar Award, the 2012 Institute on Aging Pepper Junior Scholar Award, and the 2010 American Pain Society Future Leaders in Pain Research Award.
Inspired by experiences working in healthcare, research from my lab focuses on bridging the biomedical, behavioral, and psychosocial chasm in chronic pain. Chronic pain is a major public health issue with significant functional and financial consequences affecting individuals, the community, and the healthcare system. Even more concerning, the consequences of chronic pain extend beyond disability and decreased quality of life to include an increased incidence of morbidity and mortality. Research investigation and clinical management of chronic pain is difficult due to significant individual variability and the lack of biological indices with which to evaluate risk and protective factors, progression, and treatment response.
Our scientific pursuits are specific to investigating the biological interface of chronic pain, resilience, and factors contributing to health disparities. Overarching goals are to: 1) improve the phenotyping of chronic pain, 2) delineate resilience and vulnerability factors, and 3) identify biobehavioral strategies to optimize chronic pain treatment and health outcomes. Based on an established physiological model, our lab has developed a pain phenotyping measure, Chronic Pain Stage, with findings spanning biological, cognitive, and physical functioning. Additionally, research is underway on a pain resilience index that is associated with biological measures and clinically applicable.
Long-term research intentions are to increase understanding of the biological interface of chronic pain and associated factors; to formulate a clinical composite for assessing and evaluating treatment interventions; and to identify strategies and targets to prevent, reduce or ameliorate chronic pain and enhance functioning. Please visit our website: https://aging.med.ufl.edu/research/the-pain-trail/
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