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.
o Signature for Pain Recovery In Teens (NIH Heal Initiative R61/R33): Identification of predictive biomarkers for pain recovery.
o Pediatric Rehabilitation with Virtual Reality (NIH R21): Two arm RCT study for pediatric chronic pain rehabilitation.
o iGET Living (NIH K23): Digital Intervention graded exposure treatment.
o 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, Alex Tremblay-McGaw (firstname.lastname@example.org)