My research goals are to develop a better understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying these disorders to facilitate the translation of these findings into novel treatment and prevention strategies. Toward this end, I have maintained over a decade of NIH funding. The results of this funding have led to the development of novel models of the neural-networks associated with pain, chronic pain, placebo analgesia, and chronic insomnia. Recently, my research has evolved to include the investigation of the shared neural mechanisms associated with chronic pain and alcohol use disorder.
I have a broad background in research design and methodology with specific training and expertise in multivariate statistics, structural equation modeling (SEM), hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), and advanced neuroimaging data analysis. These skills are routinely used in my research focusing on modeling the neural networks and associated structural components underpinning the biopsychosocial factors that influence the development and maintenance of chronic pain.
Publications from the Past Two Years
- Charles W Gay, Michael E Robinson, Song Lai, Andrew M O’Shea, Jason G Craggs, Donald D Price, and Roland M Staud. Abnormal Resting-State Functional Connectivity in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Results of Seed and Data-Driven Analyses. Brain Connectivity, 6(1):48-56, February 2016.
- Jeff Boissoneault, Karlyn Vatthauer, Andrew M O’Shea, Jason G Craggs, Michael E Robinson, Roland M Staud, Richard B Berry, William M Perlstein, Lori B Waxenberg, and Christina S McCrae. Low-to-moderate alcohol consumption is associated with hippocampal volume in fibromyalgia and insomnia. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, In Press, 2016.
- Jeff Boissoneault, Janelle Letzen, Song Lai, Andrew M O’Shea, Jason G Craggs, Michael E Robinson, and Roland M Staud. Abnormal resting state functional connectivity in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: an arterial spin- labeling fMRI study. Magnetic resonance imaging, 34(4):603-608, May 2016.
- Karlyn E Vatthauer, Jason G Craggs, Michael E Robinson, Roland M Staud, Richard B Berry, William M Perlstein, and Christina S McCrae. Sleep is associated with task-negative brain activity in fibromyalgia participants with comorbid chronic insomnia. Journal of Pain Research, 8:819-827, 2015.
- Landrew S Sevel, Andrew M O’Shea, Janelle E Letzen, Jason G Craggs, Donald D Price, and Michael E Robinson. Effective connectivity predicts future placebo analgesic response: A dynamic causal modeling study of pain processing in healthy controls. NeuroImage, 110:87-94, April 2015.
- Landrew S Sevel, Jason G Craggs, Donald D Price, Roland M Staud, and Michael E Robinson. Placebo analge- sia enhances descending pain-related effective connectivity: a dynamic causal modeling study of endogenous pain modulation. Journal of Pain, 16(8):760-768, August 2015.
- Michael E Robinson, Andrew M O’Shea, Jason G Craggs, Donald D Price, Janelle E Letzen, and Roland M Staud. Comparison of machine classification algorithms for fibromyalgia: neuroimages versus self-report. Journal of Pain, 16(5):472-477, May 2015.
- Christina S McCrae, Andrew M O’Shea, Jeff Boissoneault, Karlyn E Vatthauer, Michael E Robinson, Roland M Staud, William M Perlstein, and Jason G Craggs. Fibromyalgia patients have reduced hippocampal volume compared with healthy controls. Journal of Pain Research, 8:47-52, 2015.
- Janelle E Letzen, Landrew S Sevel, Charles W Gay, Andrew M O’Shea, Jason G Craggs, Donald D Price, and Michael E Robinson. Test-retest reliability of pain-related brain activity in healthy controls undergoing experimental thermal pain. Journal of Pain, 15(10):1008-1014, October 2014.
- Jason G Craggs, Donald D Price, and Michael E Robinson. Enhancing the placebo response: functional magnetic resonance imaging evidence of memory and semantic processing in placebo analgesia. Journal of Pain, 15(4):435-446, April 2014.