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Principal Investigator

M. Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D., Copyright LISA HELFERT

M. Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D.

Scientific Director

Dr. Bushnell holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the American University, Washington, D.C. and received postdoctoral training in neurophysiology at the NIH. She then spent 12 years at the University of Montreal and 16 years as the Harold Griffith Professor of Anesthesia at McGill University before returning to NIH in 2012. She has been president of the Canadian Pain Society, and treasurer and press editor-in-chief of the International Association for the Study of Pain and is currently a councilor for the Society for Neuroscience.

Among her honors are the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Pain Society and the Frederick Kerr Basic Science Research Award from the American Pain Society. Her research interests include forebrain mechanisms of pain processing, psychological modulation of pain, and neural alternations in chronic pain patients.


  • Bisi Ayodele, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner
  • Linda Ellison-Dejewski, CRNP, Senior Nurse Practitioner
  • Binquan Wang, M.S., Ph.D., MRI Data Analyst


Division of Intramural Research
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Building 10, Room 4-1741
Bethesda, MD 20892

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