- Areas of Speciality
- Social & Personality Psychology
- Diversity Science
- Psychology 221
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- Office Hours
- Office hours held online for Fall 2020. See your syllabus for times and log in information
- Accepting Students
- No for 2021-2022
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.
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
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.
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