Erin Dannecker


Educational Background:

  • NIH F32 postdoctoral fellowship: Pain Research, University of Florida
  • PhD: Exercise Psychology w/minor in Health Psychology and Gerontology, University of Florida
  • MSESS: Athletic Training w/minor in Psychology, University of Florida
  • Bachelor of Arts: Psychology, University of Texas-Austin


Content Expertise/Teaching Responsibility:

  • Evidence-based practice, psychosocial issues for health promotion, introduction to research process and evidence base
  • Apprenticeship in the conduct of human-subjects pain research


Research Interests:

  • Interactions between pain and physical activity and the influence of individual factors (e.g., biological sex, body weight, expectations, emotions, etc.) on those interactions
  • Pain measurement


Additional Certification:

  • Certified Athletic Trainer


Awards & Honors:

  • School of Health Professions Faculty Research Award
  • One of 24 researchers from around the world invited to speak at the International Association for the Study of Pain Research Symposium on Musculoskeletal Pain
  • One of 16 fellows accepted for the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade’s Young Investigator Initiative (YII) Program
  • One of three New Investigators invited to give an oral presentation at the first annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium
  • Citation Award winner at annual scientific meeting of the American Pain Society
  • One of five finalists for the Prince de Merode Award at the International Olympic Committee VI World Congress
  • Recipient of Lee-McCachren Scholarship for excellence in teaching
  • US Collegiate All-American and member of South regional team at US Olympic Festival in recurve archery



Erin Dannecker was exceptionally fortunate to follow her interests in Psychology, Exercise Science, and Pain at high research activity universities with outstanding mentors. In graduate school, she uniquely fused those interests together and began conducting pain research in healthy young adults using typical stimuli (e.g., heat, pressure, etc.) and innovative exercise stimuli. This work has improved our understanding of exercise-induced muscle pain and supported the clinical relevance of an exercise-induced muscle pain model. More recently, she has begun studying pain in clinical populations with neurological and musculoskeletal diagnoses across the lifespan. This work focuses on cognitive and emotional factors that affect pain and pain measurement methodology. Erin applies her research expertise to teach students to conduct human-subjects research and to provide expert clinical care through the application of research.

Publications and information regarding scholarly activity and service may be viewed in Dr. Erin Dannecker’s Curriculum Vitae.

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