Kimberly T. Sibille, MA, PhD
Dr. Sibille is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aging & Geriatric Research in the UF College of Medicine. She is a faculty member in the Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE) and the Cognitive Aging and Memory Clinical Translational Research Program (CAM-CTRP) and holds an Affiliate Faculty appointment in the School of Advanced Dental Sciences (SADS), College of Dentistry.
Dr. Sibille earned a doctoral degree in Psychology/Clinical Psychology with concentrations in Neuropsychology and Health Psychology from Fielding Graduate University and completed post-doctoral training in Clinical and Translational Pain Research through the UF Comprehensive Center for Pain Research. Her research efforts benefit from her background in exercise science; graduate training in Counselor Education; over fifteen years of clinical practice in diverse healthcare settings; and experiences teaching and training healthcare professionals, graduate students, and medical and dental residents.
Honors and Awards
Dr. Sibille was an awardee of the 2017 UF Research Excellence Award for Assistant Professors. She is currently funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH). She was a recipient of the 2014 American Pain Society Sharon S. Keller Chronic Pain Research Grant; the 2014 UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Patient-Oriented Pilot Award; the 2012 International Association for the Study of Pain Grant funded by Scan/Design by the Inger & Jens Bruun Foundation; the 2012 UF CTSI KL2 Scholar and Institute on Aging Pepper Junior Scholar Award; and the 2010 American Pain Society Future Leaders in Pain Research Award.
Inspired by experiences working in healthcare, my research focuses on bridging the biomedical and psychosocial chasm in chronic pain, a difficult to treat condition. Chronic pain is a major public health issue with devastating functional and financial consequences on individuals, the community, and the healthcare system. Even more concerning, the consequences of chronic pain extend beyond disability and decreased quality of life to include an increased incidence of morbidity and mortality. Research investigation and clinical management of chronic pain is difficult due to significant individual variability and the lack of biological indices with which to evaluate risk, resilience, progression, and/or treatment response. My scientific pursuits are specific to investigating the interactive influences of biological, psychosocial, cognitive, and behavioral factors associated with osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal chronic pain conditions with an emphasis on stress, aging, health disparities, and resilience. The intentions underlying this line of investigation are to: 1) elucidate biological measures reflecting the stress-related biological burden resulting from chronic pain conditions, 2) delineate resilience and vulnerability factors for prevention and treatment, and 3) identify biobehavioral strategies to optimize chronic pain treatment interventions. The overarching goals of my efforts are to contribute to the research and medical community by improving the understanding of the biological interface of chronic pain and associated stressors, to formulate a clinical composite for assessing and evaluating treatment interventions, and to identify strategies and targets to prevent, reduce or ameliorate chronic pain.