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Entry DateApril 21, 2021
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NameKelly Naugle
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2. Tell us about your current program of research and/or activities and projects that you are currently involved in.

A broad goal of my research lab is facilitating the development of mechanistic-based behavioral interventions for acute and chronic pain. In particular, a current focus is on the impact of physical activity behavior and exercise as a therapeutic and preventative strategy for pain related conditions. The lab also uses quantitative sensory testing to understand central and peripheral mechanisms in the transition from acute to chronic pain, particularly persistent posttraumatic headache following mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).

4. Where do you see your career going in the future? What are your goals and aspirations?

I plan on continuing the research mentioned above at IUPUI. I also strive to provide mentorship to both undergraduate and graduate students by providing them research opportunities.

5. Tell us something fun that you do in your spare time or any hobbies that you enjoy.

Most of my spare time involves activities with my kids, who are 7 and 9. I coach a lot of there sports teams and also am a leader for my younger son's cub scouts. This keeps me very busy!

3. Tell us about how you got involved in pain and/or aging research. Was there a moment that inspired you?

Upon completion of my PhD, I became a research scientist for one year at the University of Florida’s Aging and Rehabilitation Research Center within the Institute on Aging (IOA). My experiences at the Institute on Aging exposed me to and stimulated my interest in clinical aging and intervention research. Following this, I became a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Florida under the mentorship of Dr. Joseph Riley. The T32 fellowship was titled Integrative and Translational Training in Pain Research and introduced me to the field of pain and aging. Even though I didn't have a background in pain, I quickly became fascinated by it and pain research has been a focus of my career ever since.