Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms; Psychiatry and Psychology
Chronic pain and obesity often co-occur. Chronic pain is known risk factor for obesity and obesity is a risk factor for chronic pain. Little is known about the mechanism(s) of this interaction. My research is geared towards understanding how one condition can lead to the other. We study feeding behavior as well as pain behavior using subjective reports of pain and food perception in addition to brain imaging techniques.
Extensive Research Description
Neural Mechanisms of Obesity in Chronic Low Back Pain