I am interested in conducting innovative research that comprehensively investigates the basic mechanisms underlying pain and stress processing. My research goal is to provide a better understanding between affective, cognitive, behavioral, and physiological mechanisms using experimental models, while also evaluating the ability of the models to predict the likelihood of developing chronic pain states.
I am also interested in the effect of stress and pain in psychological processes including cognition, motivation, and decision-making. I have recently begun a line of research that examines the effect of pain on risky decision-making, impulsivity, and reward processing. Utilizing several psychological, autonomic, endocrine, and behavioral measures, as well as different stress manipulations, I hope to capture mechanisms contributing to maladaptive behaviors and the function they serve for individuals in pain.
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