Dr. Claudia Campbell received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Florida and did her postdoctoral work at Johns Hopkins, where she joined the faculty in 2010. She is a Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Neurosurgery and directs the Psychophysical Pain Testing Program at JHU. She has a broad and integrated line of research investigating the mechanisms underpinning individual differences, psychosocial and behavioral factors on pain sensitivity and clinical pain.
Much of her work has established ethnic differences in pain processing and evaluates contributors to central sensitization and modifiable risk factors leading to pain chronification. Her interests include how psychosocial/ behavioral factors, that are common among people suffering from chronic pain, like depression, catastrophizing and sleep disturbance, influence pain-related outcomes and how these factors confer heightened risk for the development and maintenance of persistent pain. She has been awarded six NIH R01 level awards, five of which are ongoing clinical trials to evaluate individual variability and psychosocial variables shaping pain treatment response. Her work seeks to advance the science of personalized pain medicine by using laboratory procedures and individual difference data to tailor treatment recommendations. Much of her current work is focused in knee osteoarthritis. Please check out the links included here to learn more about our laboratory and ongoing studies.