Past Research

In Progress (Enrollment Closed)

Behavioral and Neural Phenotypes of Primary Dysmenorrhea in Adolescents: This project identifies behavioral and neural markers of pain in adolescent girls with varying levels of menstrual pain and evaluates these markers and predictors in the development of chronic pain over 2 years.


COVID-19 Vaccine and Menstrual Health in Adolescents: This study evaluated the relationship between administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, inflammatory markers, and menstrual cycle characteristics and health in adolescent girls.

Central Pain Mechanisms in Primary Dysmenorrhea: This study examined both excitatory and inhibitory pain mechanisms in adolescent girls and young adult women with and without primary dysmenorrhea.

A Behavioral Intervention for Pain Catastrophizing in Primary Dysmenorrhea: This pilot study examined the initial feasibility and acceptability of a brief group intervention for reducing pain catastrophizing in young adult women with primary dysmenorrhea.

Puberty & Gender Differences in Pain Responsivity: This study investigated the role of puberty in the developmental trajectory of gender differences in pain responsivity from childhood to adulthood, and the parent/child pain relationship.

Emotion Regulation and Pain Responsivity in Children: This project examined the relationship between emotion regulation and pain responses to laboratory pain tasks in healthy children and children with chronic pain and their parents.