The Pain TRAIL

Translational Research in Assessment & Intervention Lab

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Forging New TRAILs in Reducing Pain and Improving Function

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. 


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.


Current Funding

Work in our lab is generously supported by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Previous Funding 

Previous funding includes the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (K23); the International Association for the Study of Pain/Scan/Design Foundation by Inger & Jens Bruun Funding; the University of Florida Pain Research & Intervention Center of Excellence, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Institute on Aging Pilot Grant; the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute Patient-Oriented Pilot Award; the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute KL2; the American Pain Society-Sharon S. Keller Chronic Pain Research Grant; the American Pain Society Future Leaders in Pain Research Grant; and the UF CTSI Pilot and Collaborative Research Projects – Major Initiatives.