Faculty

Adam T. Hirsh

Lab Director

Associate Professor, Psychology

athirsh@iupui.edu

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). I established the Pain Research Laboratory at IUPUI in 2010. I received my PhD in Clinical & Health Psychology from the University of Florida and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Washington School of Medicine. At the broadest level, I am interested in the biopsychosocial aspects of pain and functioning in humans. This allows me to examine a wide variety of clinically-important research questions (see above links for details), which challenges me scientifically and creatively and also satisfies my natural curiosity. Outside of the lab, I am kept busy by a semi-domesticated American Dingo (Rosie) and a voracious appetite for the outdoors and good beer.  

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Amy Williams

Clinical Director of Riley Pain Center

Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology

amyewill@iupui.edu 

I am an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine, and am the Clinical Director of the Riley Pain Center. My clinical and research interests are in pediatric psychology. I work clinically in the Riley Pain Clinic and on the Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service at Riley Hospital for Children. My research focuses on psychological factors associated with pediatric pain. In particular, I am interested in pain coping and adjustment, strategies to identify children at risk for development of chronic pain (including quantitative sensory testing), and improving interventions to prevent and/or treat chronic pain conditions. In my free time I chase around 3 young kids…if that counts as free time. 

 

Megan M. Miller

mmm24@iu.edu       

         @megmarie_miller

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Pain Lab at IUPUI.  I earned my PhD in clinical psychology from IUPUI and my BA in psychology from the University of Cincinnati.  My emerging program of research seeks to better understand: 1) psychosocial factors (e.g., pain-related injustice, coping strategies, and resilience) that influence pain and functioning in children/adolescents with pain, and 2) sociocultural factors that facilitate and impede the delivery of guideline-concordant care for children/adolescents with pain. My first line of research focuses on pain-related injustice perceptions and their relationship to functional outcomes in pediatric pain patients. I am also examining how caregiver factors, such as injustice perceptions and catastrophizing, influence the child’s pain experience. Regarding my second line of research, I am using virtual human patients to examine how provider bias, provider empathy, and pediatric patient and parent characteristics (e.g., race, gender, and SES) individually and interactively affect pain care for pediatric patients. In my spare time I dabble in photography and confectionary creations. My joys in life include my dogs, good music, great food, and tasty beverages.        

Mary Lynch

lynchmk@iu.edu     

         @lynch_phd

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Pain Lab at IUPUI and the pediatric pain management program at Riley Children's Hospital. I earned my PhD in Medical Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham after completing internship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. My emerging program of research seeks to better understand the protective, resilience processes of youth experiencing chronic pain. Important positive factors for youth with chronic illness include social support and engaging in healthy behaviors (i.e., sleep and physical activity). Through both qualitative and quantitative methods, I seek to understand how adolescents and young adults perceive their friendships and barriers to developing a supportive network. Additionally, I plan to continue to conduct research evaluating health behaviors in youth with chronic pain in order to better understand how to help pediatric patients capitalize on these lifestyle based coping strategies. During graduate school, my research examined the biopsychosocial experience of children diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), a rare gastrointestinal condition with an often underappreciated symptom of chronic epigastric pain. In my spare time I enjoy running, training my dogs to do fun tricks, and cooking comfort food.

PhD Students

Tracy Anastas

tanastas@iupui.edu

         @tmanastas

I am a fifth year in the Pain Lab and the Clinical Psychology PhD program at IUPUI. I earned my BA from Cornell University in psychology and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies. My emerging program of research seeks to understand how patient, provider, and contextual factors of the healthcare environment impact provider decisions about chronic pain. Furthermore, I am interested in how providers may inadvertently contribute to racial and socioeconomic disparities in pain care via biased decision-making. I was recently awarded a F31 fellowship from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to investigate how providers' level of cognitive load (i.e., mental demand) impacts their pain care decisions for racially and socioeconomically diverse patients. Additionally, I am interested in how providers' implicit and explicit biases may affect their pain-related decisions. Outside the lab, I can be found baking, knitting/crafting, drinking red wine, and being a proud cat mom.

   

Lauren Mehok

lmehok@iupui.edu

I am a fifth-year student in the Pain lab and the Clinical Psychology PhD program at IUPUI, specializing in health psychology. I earned my BS in psychology and sociology from Arizona State University. I am interested in several aspects of the pain experience. One area of interest is on provider recommendations for exercise and other physical activities for chronic pain. This includes investigating factors, such as patient gender and weight, that play a role in these activity-based recommendations for pain. Additionally, I am interested in how patients interpret and understand these activity-based recommendations. Another area of interest, which I pursued for my thesis, explores how race and race-related comparisons influence acute pain perception. Currently, I am examining factors that influence laypersons' willingness to provide social support to people with pain. When I am not in the lab, I spend my time dancing, running, and going to art walks.           

Phil Procento

pprocent@iu.edu

I am a fourth year student in the Pain Lab and the Clinical Psychology PhD program at IUPUI. I earned my BA in psychology from Lake Forest College, a small liberal arts college in Lake Forest, IL. Generally, my research interests lie at the intersection of psychosocial variables, cognition, and pain. For my master's thesis, I examined the role of pain catastrophizing in working memory deficits associated with pain. I am also interested in racial disparities in pain treatment, with an emphasis on interventions to help Black veterans with chronic pain achieve parity and more effective treatment. Beyond graduate school and psychology, I love spending time with my friends and family, cooking (thanks to my Italian grandmothers), and listening to podcasts.     

Alexis Grant

grantal@iu.edu

         @alexisinindy

I am a third year student in the Pain Lab and the Clinical Psychology program at IUPUI. I earned my BS in Biology and Neuroscience from Davidson College and my MA in Psychology from Montclair State University. My research interests include psychosocial factors affecting chronic pain treatment, substance use outcomes, and racial disparities in healthcare. I am also interested in spiritual and religious competencies for mental health professionals. In my spare time, I can be found listening to podcasts, walking my dog along the Monon trail, and baking all kinds of vegan desserts.

Kristina Bogdan

krbogdan@iu.edu

I am a first-year student in the Pain Lab and the Clinical Psychology program at IUPUI. I earned my BS in Health Psychology from MCPHS University and my MS in Pain Research, Education, and Policy from Tufts University School of Medicine. My research interests broadly include the doctor-patient relationship, pain assessment, pain education for health professionals, and the long-term management of complex pain disorders (such as fibromyalgia). I plan to utilize both quantitative and qualitative methods to answer research questions about pain. In my leisure time I enjoy working on various art projects, playing cooperative online games with friends, exercising, gardening, and spending time with my birds.

Lab Alumni

Graduate

Megan Miller, PhD, 2019

Postdoctoral Fellow, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Nicole Hollingshead, PhD, 2017

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Samantha Meints, PhD, 2017

Assistant Professor, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Jennifer Steiner, PhD, 2013

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Emory School of Medicine

Undergraduate

Erin Clark

Alexis Ridenour

Kaitlyn Walsh

Eva Kimberly

Tori Rone

David Wuest

Kayla Jackson

Madison Stout

Sam Abplanalp

Kayla Najera

Anna Squillace

Macey Miller

Charnelle Free

Amanda Neufer

Stephanie Middleton

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