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Vani Mathur

Vani Mathur
Assistant Professor
Areas of Speciality
  • Affective Science
  • Social & Personality Psychology
  • Diversity Science
  • (979) 845-2383
  • PSYC 221
Professional Links
Office Hours, Fall 2022
Mondays 3:00-4:00 and Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 (virtual)
Accepting Students for 2023-2024?

Research Interests

Dr. Mathur’s work focuses on understanding the sources of disparities in pain, and the specific mechanisms by which social and cultural factors alter pain experience and pain physiology. Her research targets the problem of pain disparities from two directions – investigating the different ways social factors may influence one’s own pain, and also alter pain perception and empathy for others. To tackle these problems, her lab utilizes behavioral, psychophysical, and neuroimaging methodologies. In addition to her work on pain disparities, Dr. Mathur is also interested in individual differences in chronic pain and pain modulation, cross-cultural examinations of pain and empathy, and social environmental effects on health broadly defined.

Recent Publications

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*Walsh, K.T., *Boring, B.L., *Nanavaty, N., *Guzman, H., Mathur, V.A. (2022). Sociocultural context and pre-clinical pain facilitation: Multiple dimensions of racialized discrimination experience by Latinx Americans are associated with enhanced temporal summation of pain. The Journal of Pain. [OA epub ahead of print]

*Boring, B.L., Ng, B.W., *Nanavaty, N., Mathur, V.A. (2022). Over-rating pain is overrated: A fundamental self-other bias in pain reporting behavior. The Journal of Pain. [OA epub ahead of print]

Letzen, J.E., Mathur, V.A., Janevic, M., Burton, M.D., Hood, A.M., Morias, C.A., Booker, S.Q., Campbell, C.M., Aroke, E.N., Goodin, B.R., Campbell, L.C., Merriwether, E.N. (2022). Confronting racism in pain research: Reframing study designs. The Journal of Pain, 23(6), 893-912.

Morias, C.A., Aroke, E.N., Letzen, J.E., Campbell, C.M., Hood, A.M., Janevic, M., Mathur, V.A., Merriwether, E.N., Goodin, B.R., Booker, S.Q., Campbell, L.C. (2022). Confronting racism in pain research: A call to action. The Journal of Pain, 23(6), 878-892.

Hood, A.M., Booker, S.Q., Morias, C.A., Goodin, B.R., Letzen, J.E., Campbell, L.C., Merriwether, E.N., Aroke, E.N., Campbell, C.M., Mathur, V.A., Janevic, M. (2022). Confronting racism in all forms of pain research: A shared commitment for engagement, diversity, and dissemination. The Journal of Pain, 23(6), 913-928.

Mathur, V.A., Trost, Z., Ezenwa, M., Sturgeon, J.A., Hood, A. (2022). Mechanisms of injustice: What we (don’t) know about racialized disparities in pain. PAIN, 163(6), 999-1005.

Janevic, M., Mathur, V.A., Booker, S.Q., Morais, C., Meints, S., Yeager, K.A., Meghani, S.H. (2022) Making pain research more inclusive: Why and how. The Journal of Pain, 23(5), 707-728.

*Boring, B.L., *Maffly-Kipp, J., Mathur, V.A., Hicks, J.A. (2022). Meaning in life and pain: The differential effect of coherence, purpose, and mattering on pain severity and the development of chronic pain. Journal of Pain Research, 15, 299-314.

Mathur, V.A., *Nyman, T., *Nanavaty, N., *George, N., Brooker, R.J. (2021). Trajectories of pain during pregnancy predict symptoms of postpartum depression. PAIN Reports, 6(2), e933.

*Boring, B.L., *Walsh, K.T., *Nanavaty, N., Ng, B.W., Mathur, V.A. (2021). How and why do patient concerns influence pain reporting?: A qualitative analysis of personal accounts and perceptions of others’ use of numerical pain scales. Frontiers in Psychology – Health Psychology, 12, 2232.

*Kim, H., *Nanavaty, N., Ahmed, H., Mathur, V.A., Anderson, B.A. (2021). Motivational salience guides attention to valuable and threatening stimuli: Evidence from behavior and fMRI. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 33(12), 2440-2460.

*Boring, B.L., *Walsh, K.T., *Nanavaty, N., Mathur, V.A. (2021). Shame mediates the relationship between pain invalidation and depression. Frontiers in Psychology – Health Psychology, 12, 5673.

Mathur, V.A., Morris, T., *McNamara, K. (2020). Cultural conceptions of women’s labor pain and labor pain management: A mixed-methods analysis. Social Science & Medicine, 261, 113240.

*Rassu, F.S., **Luedke, J.C., *Nanavaty, N., Mathur, V.A., Meagher, M.W. (2020). Greater mechanical temporal summation of pain in Latinx-Americans and the role of adverse life experiences. PAIN Reports, 5(5), e842.

Ng, B.W., *Nanavaty, N., Mathur, V.A. (2019). The influence of Latinx American identity on pain perception and treatment seeking. Journal of Pain Research, 12, 3025-3035.

Recent Grants

  • Texas A&M Presidential Clinical Research Partnership (PCRP) Grant: Improving Maternal Health Equity and Decreasing Racial Disparities through Transdisciplinary Research and Collaborating in the Brazos Valley

Affiliated Research Cluster

Neuroscience, Diversity Science, & Affective Science. Disparities in pain in humans; social and cultural factors affecting pain experience and pain physiology; empathy for physical, social, and emotional pain and suffering.