Pediatric Pain Research Center
Meet the Team

Meet Our Pediatric Pain Researchers

Our center embraces a multidisciplinary approach, integrating basic, translational, and clinical scientists, which facilitates the flow of knowledge and research expertise across domains.

Associate Directors

Michael P. Jankowski, PhD

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Research Interests
Neuroscience; pain research; sensory neuron biology

Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD

Associate Director, Pediatric Pain Research Center
Research Interests
Psychological factors in pediatric chronic pain; evidence-based interventions for the treatment of pediatric chronic pain; cognitive-behavior...

Director

Robert C. Coghill, PhD

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Research Interests
Chronic pain; acute pain; brain imaging; sensory testing

Faculty

Research Interests
Pharmacogenomics; PK-PD modeling; genomics/epigenetics pain research; psychosocial factors; outcomes research

Cheryl J. Hartzell, MD

Associate Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia
Research Interests
perioperative pain; chronic postsurgical pain

Kendra J. Homan, PhD

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Kevin A. Hommel, PhD

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Research Interests
Use of technology to promote self-management in chronic conditions; adherence and self-management assessment methodology; behavioral treatment of...

Christopher D. King, PhD

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Research Interests
Inflammation; digital health; wearables; pain; sleep; virtual reality

Kimberly L. Klages, PhD

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Research Interests
Pediatric oncology; pain; fatigue; health-related quality of life

Michael J. Lacagnina, PhD

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia
Research Interests
Neuroimmunology; mechanisms of chronic pain; glial biology; autoimmunity

Sarah Luthy, MD, MSCS

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Research Interests
Psychosocial factors associated with pediatric chronic pain; child pain behaviors; parenting behaviors
Research Interests
Follow-up outcomes; advanced neuroimaging to predict outcomes in infants with brain injury and prenatal substance exposure

David L. Moore, MD

Associate Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

Neha R. Santucci, MD, MBBS

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Alexandra Szabova, MD

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

Tracy V. Ting, MD, MSc, RhMSUS

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Steering Committee

Research Interests
Outcomes of pain treatment, with a focus on outpatient, chronic pain management.
Research Interests
Epidemiology; diagnostic criteria; treatment evaluation; outcome responses; quality of life issues; pharmaceutical trials; and neurogenetics of...
Research Interests
Clinical trials; migraine/headache; pediatric pain; adherence medicine; nutrition and behavior; cystic fibrosis