VISCERALMIND is headed by Melissa Farmer, a  clinician-scientist  with  roots in sexology, pain research, and neuroscience who is based in Northwestern University’s Feinberg  School of Medicine in the Department of Physiology, as a Research Assistant Professor. Her doctorate in Clinical Psychology was obtained from McGill University, where she pursued human and animal research related to chronic pain. She specializes  in translational research approaches, including cross-species analysis of cognition, emotion, and pain perception across multiple levels of analysis (cellular, systems, behavior, animal model development, psychophysiology, clinical psychological assessment/treatment, multimodal neuroimaging).

Dr. Farmer’s current interests include:

  • Deciphering mechanisms underlying complex chronic pain;
  • Fear memory formation/reconsolidation of visceral pain; and
  • Development of pain neuroscience education for non-scientists.