Alisa J. Johnson, PhD, LMT

photoAlisa J. Johnson, PhD, LMT joined the University of Florida in July 2018 as a post-doctoral researcher in the UF Pain Research & Intervention Center of Excellence under the mentorship of Drs. Kimberly Sibille and Roger Fillingim. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, magna cum laude, from John Brown University in 2012, Dr. Johnson earned her PhD in Experimental Psychology from Baylor University in 2018. Her research interests are inspired by her 15+ years of clinical practice as a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, five of which were spent working specifically with older adults experiencing ongoing pain. During her time at Baylor, she investigated the role of complementary and integrative therapies in alleviating symptoms common to aging, including hot flashes, sleep, and pain. Her dissertation examined potential relationships among the affective and emotional components of pain and music listening.


Dr. Johnson’s current research efforts are focused on prospectively evaluating biopsychosocial risk and resilience factors and their relationship to chronic pain, functioning, and health outcomes with consideration for health disparities among older adults. As part of her training in PRICE, she is involved in the UPLOAD-II study, an NIA-funded project, which is providing Dr. Johnson with training in quantitative sensory testing, brain imaging, and biomarkers of stress and inflammation. Her long term research goals are to further develop and implement effective self-management interventions for chronic pain that can be easily integrated into standard care, thus improving patient care and health equity.