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Simons Lab: academic year and summer opportunities

Laura Simons
Funding Sponsor: 
Dr. Laura Simons
Contact Email: 
Jeremy Giberson (
Funding Deadline: 
December 12, 2025 - 11:59 pm

Research topics: The Biobehavioral Pediatric Pain (BPP) Lab is a research group that aims to understand the biopsychosocial factors associated with children and adolescents suffering from chronic pain conditions.

  • Signature for Pain Recovery In Teens (NIH Heal Initiative R61/R33): Identification of predictive biomarkers for pain recovery.
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation with Virtual Reality (NIH R21): Two arm RCT study for pediatric chronic pain rehabilitation.
  • iGET Living (NIH K23): Digital Intervention graded exposure treatment.
  • Journey in Pain Care (NIH K24): Qualitative interviews of patient and parent experience with pain care.

Techniques: Dr. Simons’ research spans translating targeted biopsychosocial assessments into mechanistically informed treatment approaches for optimal clinical care, coupled with pain neuroscience psychology that leverages experimental and neuroimaging methods to gain a mechanistic understanding of cognitive and affective processes that coalesce with function in children with chronic pain and their parents.


Seeking undergrads for: Academic year, Summer

Location: Flexible, with possibilities for remote or on-campus research projects

Required skills: None.

This lab is particularly interested in mentoring: Undergrads from backgrounds that are underrepresented in STEM, Undergrads without previous exposure to laboratory research, Undergrads from local community colleges

How to apply: Email designated lab representative, Jeremy Giberson (