Gary W. Donaldson, PhD

Director, Pain Research Center Senior Strategic Statistician, College of Nursing The overall mission of the Pain Research Center is to investigate the perception, causes, and consequences of pain. We take a broad view of this mission, recognizing that pain is a complex multidimensional experience that cannot be reduced to pain “signals” travelin... Read More


Phone: 801-585-9223

David H. Bradshaw, PhD


Phone: 801-585-7690

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Alan R. Light, PhD

Dr. Light’s lab focuses on the neurobiology of pain pathways. Most recently research projects include: 1) the role of the recently cloned Acid Sensing Ion Channels (ASICs) in muscle fatigue and pain. Research in Dr. Light’s lab has shown that ASIC-3 expression is increased following exhausting exercise, and that C-fibers innervating muscle are re... Read More


Phone: 801-581-6393

Kathleen C. Light, PhD


Phone: 801-581-6393

Yoshio Nakamura, PhD

Yoshio Nakamura, PhD, Associate Professor in the Dept. of Anesthesiology Pain Research Center I am an Associate professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah. As a research psychologist, my research has centered on the intersection of consciousness, emotion and pain, an area critical for understanding mind-body interactions. I studied pl... Read More

Specialties: Behavioral Medicine, Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Cancer Pain, Cancer Survivorship, Chronic Pain, Clinical Scientist, Pain Medicine


Phone: 801-585-0419

Akiko Okifuji, PhD

Akiko Okifuji, PhD is Professor of Anesthesiology, Scott M Smith MD Presidential Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology at the University of Utah. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who is specialized in the psychosocial evaluation and management of chronic pain. She is also a pain researcher. She has been a principle investigator and co-investigator... Read More

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Chronic Pain, Psychology, Clinical



Ernest Volinn, PhD

My PhD is in sociology (Columbia University), although my dissertation advisor was an anthropologist, and I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at a Pain Clinic (University of Washington) supervised by a neurological surgeon. I publish mainly in medical journals, my articles intersect social sciences with pain research, and I like to think of my wo... Read More


Phone: 801-585-0429

Lectures & Upcoming Events

Pain Research Center/Pain Management Center Didactic Lecture Series

Fridays 7:30–8:30am

For more information contact the Pain Research Center at 801-585-7690.