Welcome to the University of Tulsa Psychophysiology Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience. The laboratory is directed by Jamie Rhudy, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and professor in the TU Department of Psychology. Research in the laboratory broadly spans the area of affective neuroscience, with a specific focus on the interface of emotion and pain processing. The laboratory uses a variety of psychophysiological assessment techniques (e.g., electromyography, skin conductance, electrocardiography, electroencephalography) to assess pain, nociceptive responding, and other potentially related reactions (e.g., startle response). The eventual goal of this research is to identify mechanisms that contribute to and/or maintain chronic pain conditions, and to develop non-invasive methods for assessing individuals at risk for developing chronic pain.
News and Awards
Oklahoma’s own News on 6 recently highlighted our work on the News! See our principal investigator and laboratory director, Dr. Jamie Rhudy and Erin (graduate student in the doctoral program) discuss our studies and give some tips on how to manage pain at home! Watch here: https://www.newson6.com/story/40937015/university-of-tulsa-searches-chronic-pain-cure
Mara recently presented findings at the Muscogee Creek Nation’s inaugural Scholars Forum! This forum gives scholars a chance to visit with tribal leadership and gives citizens a chance to hear about our projects and findings. Great job Mara!
Natalie’s most recent work was highlighted by the University of Tulsa’s Arts and Sciences Department. To see more about her work and watch her first interview, check out the article here: https://artsandsciences.utulsa.edu/trauma-sexual-assault/?fbclid=IwAR3rMp9hxPWS3g8Tko2PPguE3gq7f9CXdMIDcpnN0VzyoxhYQzxVJH42QXM
Garrett, an undergaduate in our laboratory, graduated from the University of Tulsa in Spring of 2019! We are so proud of all his hard work and accomplishments. Garrett recently accepted to attend the University of New Haven’s Health Administration program for his Masters Degree. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
Dr. Jamie Rhudy was awarded the inaugural University of Tulsa’s Outstanding Researcher Award! This award was only awarded to 3 faculty members out the entire university! Dr. Rhudy’s dedication to excellence and history of integrity in research speaks to his work ethic and mentorship.
Yvette, Tyler and Natalie each won the prestigious American Pain Society’s Young Investigator Awards! These awards are highly competitive, and our students have consistently received them. Tyler has received this award consecutively since 2017, Natalie has received it consecutively since 2018, and this was Yvette’s first year receiving the award!
Yvette, Natalie, Tyler, Mara, Feli & Erin all presented findings from our laboratory at the American Pain Society’ scientific meeting. For handouts summarizing their findings, visit our presentations page!
Beth, Yvette, Edward, Cassie all matched for internship! Students in our program commit to 1 year of internship training, focusing primarily on clinical and research duties. The matching process is competitive, and we are so proud of our students!
Garrett and Burke each won an outstanding award from the department! Garrett was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award, while Burke was awarded the Outstanding Junior Award! These awards are highly selective and awarded by the entire psychology department. We are so proud and thankful for our undergrads and all of their exceptional work. These awards are well deserved!