Meryl Alappattu, PhD

Training and Employment

Meryl Alappattu, DPT, PhD earned her clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy Meryl Alappattufrom the University of Florida in 2008 and her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Florida in 2014. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Florida Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE) working under the mentorship of Dr. Mike Robinson. She also works as a PRN physical therapist at UF Health treating women and men with pelvic pain and urinary incontinence as a result of uro-gynecological cancer treatment. Dr. Alappattu is the Vice President of the Florida Physical Therapy Association.

Honors and Awards

Dr. Alappattu has received several awards during her training, including multiple awards from the Foundation for Physical Therapy and the American Physical Therapy Association’s Section on Women’s Health. In 2011, she was awarded Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year by the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions.

Research Interest

Dr. Alappattu’s PhD training was comprised of clinical and laboratory work involving different areas of musculoskeletal pain research related to assessing the mechanisms underpinning neuroplastic changes in people with chronic pain conditions, in particular female pelvic pain. She is extending work from her dissertation project to elucidate the roles of placebo analgesia and patient expectations in treatment outcomes for female pelvic pain. Her work involves the administration and measurement of placebo, in addition to the interactions of placebo analgesia, expectations for pain relief, and psychosocial factors in female pelvic pain.  Her work has been presented at national and international rehabilitation and pain meetings.