Joel Greenspan, PhD


Joel Greenspan, PhD

Professor and Departmental Chair, Department of Neural and Pain Sciences


Research interests

Neural mechanisms of analgesia and hyperalgesia

Predictors of clinical pain development and its relief

Non-invasive cerebral neuromodulation for pain relief

Research approaches

Neuroimaging – functional MRI (fMRI)

Psychophysics – Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST)

Clinical Pain Phenotyping



ORCID ID:   0000-0003-4062-9797


  1. Slade GD, Sanders AE, Ohrbach R, Fillingim RB, Dubner R, Gracely RH, Bair E, Maixner W, Greenspan JD.  Pressure Pain Thresholds Fluctuate With, But Do Not Usefully Predict, the Clinical Course of Painful Temporomandibular Disorder. Pain, 155:2134-2143, 2014.
  2. Quiton RL, Keaser ML, Zhou J, Gullapalli RP, Greenspan JD.  Intersession Reliability of MRI Activation for Heat Pain and Motor Tasks.  NeuroImage: Clinical, 5:309-321, 2014.
  3. Greenspan JD, Slade GD, Bair E, Dubner R, Fillingim RB, Ohrbach R, Knott C, Diatchenko L, Liu Q, Maixner W: Pain Sensitivity and Autonomic Factors Associated With Development of TMD: The OPPERA Prospective Cohort Study. J Pain 14:T63-T74, 2013.
  4. Veldhuijzen DS, Keaser ML, Traub DS, Zhuo J, Gullapalli RP, Greenspan JD.  The role of circulating sex hormones in menstrual cycle dependent modulation of pain-related brain activation.  Pain, 154:548-59, 2013.
  5. Garrett, PH, Sarlani E, Grace EG, Greenspan JD.   Chronic temporomandibular disorders are not necessarily associated with a compromised endogenous analgesic system. J. Orofac. Pain, 27(2):142-50, 2013.