Ellen L Terry

Ellen L Terry, Ph.D.


Department: Biobehavioral Nursing Science
Business Phone: (352) 273-6441
Business Email: elterry@ufl.edu

About Ellen L Terry


Dr. Terry’s research experiences involve using psychophysiological assessment techniques (e.g., electrocardiography, skin conductance, electromyography) to investigate the influence of emotion on pain and nociceptive processing in various clinical (e.g., fibromyalgia, major depressive disorder) and healthy pain-free populations, as well as, investigating how psychosocial variables (e.g., pain catastrophizing, negative affect, anxiety sensitivity) alter pain processing. Previous research experiences build upon current NINDS-funded project investigating pain-related neural networks, pain processing, and the influence of pain catastrophizing on pain processing in older African American adults. The primary objective of my research is to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive-emotional or psychosocial (i.e., pain catastrophizing) contributions to racial minority group differences of pain in older adults. Ultimately, this project is a critical step towards facilitating an independent program of research focusing on developing culturally appropriate evidence-based behavioral interventions aimed at normalizing pain-related brain responses to improve clinical outcomes, including pain and pain-related disability, in older racial and ethnic minorities with chronic pain. Further, this program of research is poised to provide valuable information about the neural mechanisms by which pain catastrophizing influences the experience of pain and pain-related health disparities in an older racial and ethnic minority group.


From 2018-2019, Dr. Terry served as the Co-Chair for the American Pain Society (APS) Geriatric Pain Special Interest Group (SIG) and was responsible for organizing an interdisciplinary panel for the annual SIG meeting held at the APS conference. She is a current reviewer for the following journals: Pain, Journal of Pain, Clinical Journal of Pain, Pain Reports, Pain Research and Management, Osteoarthritis and cartilage, BMC Rheumatology, and International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (JBME).

Clinical Profile

  • Psychology
  • Pain Medicine
Areas of Interest
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Major depression
  • Persistent depressive disorder

Research Profile

Dr. Terry’s areas of expertise include the influence of biopsychosocial factors on pain and pain processing, health disparities in chronic pain, knowledge in the etiology and course of various mental disorders (e.g., Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder), the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy and other related therapies for the treatment of mental disorders, and the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain and pain-related psychosocial factors (e.g., pain catastrophizing).

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)



A Mediation Appraisal of Catastrophizing, Pain-Related Outcomes, and Race in Adults With Knee Osteoarthritis.
The journal of pain. 22(11):1452-1466 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpain.2021.04.018. [PMID] 34033964.
Applying the NIA Health Disparities Research Framework to Identify Needs and Opportunities in Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Research.
The journal of pain. [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpain.2021.06.015. [PMID] 34280570.
Associations of pain catastrophizing with pain-related brain structure in individuals with or at risk for knee osteoarthritis: Sociodemographic considerations.
Brain imaging and behavior. 15(4):1769-1777 [DOI] 10.1007/s11682-020-00372-w. [PMID] 33095381.
Chronic Pain Severity and Sociodemographics: An Evaluation of the Neurobiological Interface.
The journal of pain. [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpain.2021.07.010. [PMID] 34425249.
Knee pain trajectories over 18 months in non-Hispanic Black and non-Hispanic White adults with or at risk for knee osteoarthritis.
BMC musculoskeletal disorders. 22(1) [DOI] 10.1186/s12891-021-04284-8. [PMID] 33952243.
Patterns and Correlates of Self-Management Strategies for Osteoarthritis-Related Pain Among Older Non-Hispanic Black and Non-Hispanic White Adults.
Arthritis care & research. 73(11):1648-1658 [DOI] 10.1002/acr.24396. [PMID] 32741127.
Resilience, pain, and the brain: Relationships differ by sociodemographics.
Journal of neuroscience research. 99(5):1207-1235 [DOI] 10.1002/jnr.24790. [PMID] 33606287.
Everyday Discrimination in Adults with Knee Pain: The Role of Perceived Stress and Pain Catastrophizing.
Journal of pain research. 13:883-895 [DOI] 10.2147/JPR.S235632. [PMID] 32431537.
Neuropathic-Like Pain Symptoms in a Community-Dwelling Sample with or at Risk for Knee Osteoarthritis.
Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.). 21(1):125-137 [DOI] 10.1093/pm/pnz112. [PMID] 31150093.
At the Intersection of Ethnicity/Race and Poverty: Knee Pain and Physical Function.
Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities. 6(6):1131-1143 [DOI] 10.1007/s40615-019-00615-7. [PMID] 31292922.
Movement-evoked pain, physical function, and perceived stress: An observational study of ethnic/racial differences in aging non-Hispanic Blacks and non-Hispanic Whites with knee osteoarthritis.
Experimental gerontology. 124 [DOI] 10.1016/j.exger.2019.05.011. [PMID] 31154005.
Race/Ethnicity Moderates the Association Between Psychosocial Resilience and Movement-Evoked Pain in Knee Osteoarthritis.
ACR open rheumatology. 1(1):16-25 [DOI] 10.1002/acr2.1002. [PMID] 31777776.
Racial-Ethnic Differences in Osteoarthritis Pain and Disability: A Meta-Analysis.
The journal of pain. 20(6):629-644 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpain.2018.11.012. [PMID] 30543951.
Resilience factors may buffer cellular aging in individuals with and without chronic knee pain.
Molecular pain. 15 [DOI] 10.1177/1744806919842962. [PMID] 30900507.
Optimism and Psychological Resilience are Beneficially Associated With Measures of Clinical and Experimental Pain in Adults With or at Risk for Knee Osteoarthritis.
The Clinical journal of pain. 34(12):1164-1172 [DOI] 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000642. [PMID] 30036216.
Does pain catastrophizing contribute to threat-evoked amplification of pain and spinal nociception?
Pain. 157(2):456-465 [DOI] 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000392. [PMID] 30888338.
Endogenous inhibition of pain and spinal nociception in women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
Journal of pain research. 9:57-66 [DOI] 10.2147/JPR.S97109. [PMID] 26929663.
Is blood glucose associated with descending modulation of spinal nociception as measured by the nociceptive flexion reflex?
Journal of pain research. 9:187-93 [DOI] 10.2147/JPR.S101720. [PMID] 27110138.
Experimental reduction of pain catastrophizing modulates pain report but not spinal nociception as verified by mediation analyses.
Pain. 156(8):1477-1488 [DOI] 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000192. [PMID] 25887463.
Further verification by bootstrapped mediation analyses that pain catastrophizing modulates pain report but not spinal nociception: a reply to Lee, Hübscher, and McAuley.
Pain. 156(12):2635-2636 [DOI] 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000345. [PMID] 26580682.
Natural variation in testosterone is associated with hypoalgesia in healthy women.
The Clinical journal of pain. 31(8):730-9 [DOI] 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000153. [PMID] 25185874.
Nociceptive processing in women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD): the role of menstrual phase and sex hormones.
The Clinical journal of pain. 31(4):304-14 [DOI] 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000112. [PMID] 24810651.
Affective disturbance associated with premenstrual dysphoric disorder does not disrupt emotional modulation of pain and spinal nociception.
Pain. 155(10):2144-52 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pain.2014.08.011. [PMID] 25139588.
Emotional modulation of pain and spinal nociception in persons with severe insomnia symptoms.
Annals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. 47(3):303-15 [DOI] 10.1007/s12160-013-9551-1. [PMID] 24101292.
Do sex hormones influence emotional modulation of pain and nociception in healthy women?
Biological psychology. 94(3):534-44 [DOI] 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2013.10.003. [PMID] 24141047.
Emotional modulation of pain and spinal nociception in fibromyalgia.
Pain. 154(7):1045-56 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pain.2013.03.025. [PMID] 23622762.
Emotional modulation of pain and spinal nociception in persons with major depressive disorder (MDD).
Pain. 154(12):2759-2768 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pain.2013.08.009. [PMID] 23954763.
Examining emotional modulation of pain and spinal nociception in Native Americans: a preliminary investigation.
International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology. 90(2):272-81 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2013.08.009. [PMID] 23994207.
Exploring pain processing differences in Native Americans.
Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association. 32(11):1127-1136 [DOI] 10.1037/a0031057. [PMID] 24219417.
Anxiety sensitivity does not enhance pain signaling at the spinal level.
The Clinical journal of pain. 28(6):505-10 [DOI] 10.1097/AJP.0b013e31823984f9. [PMID] 22673483.
Respiration-induced hypoalgesia: exploration of potential mechanisms.
The journal of pain. 13(8):755-63 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpain.2012.05.001. [PMID] 22770894.
Using multilevel growth curve modeling to examine emotional modulation of temporal summation of pain (TS-pain) and the nociceptive flexion reflex (TS-NFR).
Pain. 153(11):2274-2282 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pain.2012.07.030. [PMID] 22920754.
Pain catastrophizing is related to temporal summation of pain but not temporal summation of the nociceptive flexion reflex.
Pain. 152(4):794-801 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pain.2010.12.041. [PMID] 21316150.
Standardizing procedures to study sensitization of human spinal nociceptive processes: comparing parameters for temporal summation of the nociceptive flexion reflex (TS-NFR).
International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology. 81(3):263-74 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2011.06.021. [PMID] 21767583.


Apr 2018 ACTIVE
Neural mechanisms underlying psychosocial contributions to ethnic group differences in pain
Role: Principal Investigator


PhD in Clinical Psychology
2015 · University of Tulsa
MA in Clinical Psychology
2010 · University of Tulsa
BA Psychology
2008 · University of Texas on Arlington

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
NGR6840 Applied Statistical Analysis I

Contact Details

(352) 273-6441