Dhara Patel

Mentor: Dr. Roger Fillingim
College of Dentistry
"Personally, I felt getting involved in a research lab at the University of Florida would allow me to do my part in helping."




Health Disparites in Society

Research Interests

  • Knee Osteoarthritis Pain
  • TMJ/ TMD Pain

Academic Awards

  • Deans List 2014-2016
  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • University of Pre-Dental ASDA
  • Student Honor Code Administration
  • Indian Student Association


  • University of Florida Shand's Hosipital-Dental Clinics
  • United Way of North Centeral Florida
  • Tacachale Developmental Disability Center

Hobbies and Interests

  • Volunteering
  • Dancing
  • Painting

Research Description

Socioeconomic Status and Clinical and Experimental Pain Responses in Knee OA
The aim of this research project will be to determine the extent to which socioeconomic status (SES) is associated with clinical pain and with sensitivity to induced experimental pain in older African Americans and non-Hispanic whites with knee osteoarthritis. We hypothesize that low SES will be associated with greater clinical pain and functional limitations, as well as higher sensitivity to experimentally-induced pain.