Adam T. Hirsh

Lab Director

Associate Professor, Psychology


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


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



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


I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Pain Lab at IUPUI and the chronic pain clinic at Riley Hospital for Children.  I earned my PhD in Medical Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and my BS in Behavioral Neuroscience from St. Ambrose University.  My emerging program of research seeks to better understand the protective, resilience processes of youth experiencing chronic pain (e.g., identify development, pain narratives). An important positive factor for youth with chronic illness is social support. Therefore, I also hope to examine the perceptions of youth with chronic pain and their healthy peers regarding social inclusion, injustice experiences, and functional impairment due to pain in a social context.  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. Through the assessment of pain, sleep, emotional functioning and quality of life, I was able to provide important information to clinicians regarding significant areas of concern for these patients and their families. In my spare time I enjoy running with my partner and dog (we’re training for the Monumental Marathon!) and practicing yoga. I love cooking, baking, and enjoying the great outdoors. 

PhD Students

Tracy Anastas



I am a fourth 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 provider cognitive load level (i.e., mental demand) impact 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


I am a fourth 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. My interests include examining provider recommendations for exercise and other physical activities for chronic pain. This includes investigating factors that play a role in recommendations for exercise, such as gender and weight. Additionally, I am interested in patient interpretation and understanding of activity related recommendations. Currently, I am working with healthy laypersons to examine psychosocial factors that may influence acute pain. When I am not in the lab, I spend my time dancing, running, and going to art walks.           

Phil Procento


I am a third 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 in the intersection of psychosocial variables, neuropsychology, and pain (e.g., the rumination of pain catastrophizing as a potential mediator of cognitive sequelae in chronic pain conditions). Beyond graduate school and psychology, I love spending time with my friends and family, cooking (thanks to my Italian grandmothers), and watching movies/TV, but preferably some combination of the three.     

Alexis Grant


I am a second 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 and substance use outcomes. In my spare time, I can be found listening to podcasts, running along the Monon trail, and baking all kinds of vegan desserts.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Erin Clark

Alexis Ridenour

Lab Alumni


Nicole Hollingshead, PhD, 2017

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

Samantha Meints, PhD, 2017

Postdoctoral fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Jennifer Steiner, PhD, 2013

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Emory School of Medicine


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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