The King research lab seeks to identify the mechanisms contributing to pain using multidisciplinary techniques to evaluate: 1) stress-related biomarkers, 2) the psychological (i.e., stress) and behavioral (i.e., sleep) factors that may co-vary with chronic pain, and 3) the use of quantitative sensory testing to examine differences in the processing of experimental pain stimuli.

Our current research builds upon my prior work by looking at the complex interaction of sleep and pain mechanisms. This research builds upon our prior work in pain psychophysics and pain modulation by looking at the complex interaction of these factors.

Research in the lab focuses on understanding these individual differences in pain, biopsychosocial mechanisms related to the development and persistence of pain and identification of modifiable behaviors (sleep) contributing to clinical pain via changes in these mechanisms.