Mentor: Dr. Steven George
College of Public Health and Health Professions
"I applied to the University Scholar’s Program to enhance my research experience. The program will allow me to publish my research findings and to gain valuable skills necessary to continue as a researcher in graduate school. I hope that through my own research study I can examine the possible explanations for pain differences to someday find more effective pain management techniques as a clinician in the field of Occupational Therapy."
Health Science Pre-OT
- Musculoskeletal Pain
- Sports Rehabilitation
- University Scholars Program, 2013
- Admission into UF College of Public Health and Health Professions Honors Program, 2012
- Florida Club Gymnastics Team
- Kappa Alpha Theta
- Pre-Professional Service Organization, Student Occupational Therapy Association
- Shands Hospital-ER,OR,Rehab
- Emeritus Senior Living Chair Aerobics Instructor
Hobbies and Interests
Pain Sensitivity and Activity Levels in Adulthood
The high incidence of chronic musculoskeletal pain upon reaching adulthood has necessitated the examination of more effective pain management. In particular, differences in pain sensitivity and response to pain modulation treatment across age ranges has been a focus of study within the UF Department of Physical Therapy. By administering standard pressure and thermal stimuli, pain can be induced on subjects to evaluate the duration and magnitude of pain levels. Treatment using transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) can lead to pain relief and help determine whether the variation in pain levels, across a given individual, influence the response to TENS. My personal research relates to spinal musculoskeletal pain and involves examining pain sensitivity among varying activity levels within three specified adult age ranges. I hypothesize that lower activity levels in adulthood are associated with increased pain sensitivity. This scholarly undergraduate research hypothesis will be tested in collaboration with a current research study examining spinal musculoskeletal pain using TENS treatment at the University of Florida, Department of Physical Therapy. This undergraduate research study has the potential to influence treatment techniques for pain, which are an extremely common and costly aspect of our healthcare industry. Pain sensitivity varies amongst individuals, however, this research may help elucidate the extent to which pain is related to activity level. My research findings will have the potential to influence the development of more effective pain management techniques in certain populations.