DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Lab: Clinical Psychophysiology

Instructor: Dr. Christopher France

Current projects:

 

PAIN RESEARCH



Pain and Risk for Hypertension


Factors like family history of hypertension, high blood pressure, and increased cardiovascular reactivity have been associated with decreased sensitivity to pain. Our research on pain perception as a potential marker of hypertension risk looks at:

  • Mechanisms of decreased pain perception in individuals with hypertension and/ or a family history of the disorder
  • Hypoalgesia predicting longitudinal blood pressure changes in individuals at high and low risk for hypertension
  • The relationship between pain and emotion in the context of hypertension risk

 

Pain-related Fear


Pain-related fear refers to constructs such as pain catastrophizing and kinesiophobia (fear that physical activity will exacerbate pain or prompt reinjury) and is linked with hypervigilance to pain, avoidance, and disability. Pain-related fear has been linked to the development and maintenance of chronic pain conditions. We work with healthy participants and individuals with chronic pain to examine:

  • The effect of pain-related fear on pain perception, behavior, and psychosocial adjustment.
  • The relationship between pain-related fear and patterns of movement.

 

Nociceptive Flexion Reflex Assessment


The nociceptive flexion reflex (NFR) allows withdrawal from noxious stimuli. NFR assessment is often used in experimental and clinical pain research as an index of descending modulation by the central nervous system (i.e., the brain). Evidence for this comes from findings that NFR threshold and amplitude are not always linearly associated with subjective pain intensity.

 

 

BLOOD DONATION RESEARCH


Given the growing demand for blood products, attracting and retaining blood donors has become a national priority. The ultimate aim of our work in this area is to enhance the donation experience in order to sustain an adequate blood supply for individuals in need of blood products. Accordingly, we focus on:

Recruitment of Blood Donors


Development of materials to educate prospective donors about the donation process and to maximize the potential of a positive donation experience

Retention of Blood Donors

  • Coping strategies to attenuate donation reactions (e.g., nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness)
  • Psychosocial and physiological predictors of donor return behavior (e.g., physical reactions, self-efficacy, satisfaction)
  • Post-donation interventions to enhance donor return (e.g., motivational interviewing)
     
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Personnel:
 

 

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Position

 

Email

 

Telephone

     
 Christopher R. France, Ph.D.Laboratory Directorfrance@ohio.edu(740) 593-1079
 
 Janis France, Ph.D.Project Directorfrancej@ohio.edu(740) 593-4557
 
 Gary EllisGraduate Studentge507705@ohio.edu(740) 593-1061
 
 Jamie HuckinsGraduate Studentjh177600@ohio.edu(740) 274-2147
 
 Jennifer KowalskyGraduate Studentjk167608@ohio.edu(740) 593-1061
  
 Kristin LewisGraduate Studentkl134406@ohio.edu(740) 593-1061
 
 Sarah McGloneGraduate Studentsm160006@ohio.edu(740) 593-1061
 
 Kadian SinclairGraduate Studentks577406@ohio.edu(740) 593-1061
 
 Regina WarfelGraduate Studentrw333205@ohio.edu(740) 593-1061