My interests are in the mechanisms of pain sensitivity and how various psychological factors, including stress and personal beliefs, affect pain sensitization in humans. More specifically, I am interested in priming, or how stressful, nociceptive, or inflammatory events can induce a state in which an individual’s reaction to future challenges is increased. My current research investigates whether a history of adversity can prime future alterations in human pain sensitivity using Quantitative Sensory Testing and what psychological, social, and physiological factors may moderate this relationship.
Linsenbardt, H.R., Cook, J.L., Young, E.E., Vichaya, E.G., Young, C.R., Reusser, N.M., …, Meagher, M.W. (2015). Social disruption alters pain and cognition in an animal model of multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 288, 56-68.
Welsh, C.J.R., Steelman, Young, C.R., Linsenbardt, H. and Meagher M.W. (2015). Neuroendocrine-immune interactions in neurotropic viral infections. In C.S. Reiss (Eds.), Neurotropic Viral Infections (2nd ed.). United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.