I am interested in conducting interdisciplinary research investigating the disparities in pain-related health outcomes among different socio-demographic groups. Though there are evident disparities in pain perception between individuals of different socio-demographic groups, and pain plays a role in several biological and psychological conditions, there is little emphasis on examining those differences from a holistic, biopsychosocial perspective. Dr. Mathur’s lab uses behavioral, psychophysical, and neuroimaging methodologies to investigate these issues.
This ongoing research aligns well with my clinical goals of better comprehending disparities between pain and trauma experience and psychopathology symptom development in various populations such as trauma victims, combat veterans, those struggling with substance abuse, and various types of chronic pain patients. Identifying mechanisms of pain in these varying conditions has large implications for treatment.
Adams, M., Nair, M., Carter, J., Haley, M., Nanavaty, N., Carter-Sowell, A., Mathur, V.A. (2017). Lifetime experiences of ostracism are associated with psychophysical pain facilitation in Hispanic women. Accepted for Poster Presentation, 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.