Adam T Hirsh

Assistant Professor, Psychology


2001 B.A., Psychology, University of Central Florida

2004 M.S., Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2007 Clinical Psychology Internship, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA

2008 Ph.D., Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2010 Post-doctoral Fellowship, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Teaching Assignments

PSY-B 380: Abnormal Psychology
PSY-I 614: Behavioral Medicine in Rehabilitation

Current Research

My lab conducts research on the biopsychosocial aspects of pain and functioning in humans. In one line of research, we use virtual human technology to investigate how providers make pain assessment and treatment decisions. In this work, we are particularly interested in examining the mechanisms that underlie disparities in pain care. A second line of our research focuses on pain and functioning in individuals with chronic pain secondary to a neurological disorder (e.g., spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis). Our third line of research examines how psychological constructs, such as pain-related fear and catastrophizing, influence the experience of pain. This work often involves using experimental stimuli to induce pain in healthy and clinical populations. We are a multidisciplinary laboratory and collaborate frequently with colleagues in Medicine, Nursing, Communication Science, Informatics, and Social Psychology.

Select Publications

Hirsh, A.T., Hollingshead, N.A., Bair, M.J., Matthias, M.S., & Kroenke, K. (in press). Preferences, experience, and attitudes in the management of chronic pain and depression: A comparison of physicians and medical students. The Clinical Journal of Pain.

Hollingshead, N.A., Matthias, M.S., Bair, M.J., & Hirsh, A.T. (in press). Impact of race and sex on pain management by medical trainees: A mixed-methods pilot study of decision-making and awareness of influence. Pain Medicine.

Molton, I.R., Hirsh, A.T., Smith, A., & Jensen, M.P. (in press). Age and the role of restricted activities in adjustment to disability related pain. Journal of Health Psychology.

Hirsh, A.T., Hollingshead, N.A., Matthias, M.S., Bair, M.J., & Kroenke, K. (2014). The influence of patient sex, provider sex, and sexist attitudes on pain treatment decisions. The Journal of Pain, 15, 551-559.

Wandner, L.D., Heft, M.W., Lok, B.C., Hirsh, A.T., George, S.Z., Horgas, A.L., Atchison, J.W., Torres, C.A., & Robinson ME. (2014). The impact of patients' gender, race, and age on health care professionals' pain management decisions: an online survey using virtual human technology. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 51, 726-733.

Hirsh, A.T., Hollingshead, N.A., Bair, M.J., Matthias, M.S., Wu, J., & Kroenke, K. (2013). The influence of patient sex, race, and depression on clinician pain treatment decisions. European Journal of Pain, 17, 1569-1579.

Torres, C.A., Bartley, E.J., Wandner, L.D., Alqudah, A.F., Hirsh, A.T., & Robinson, M.E. (2013). The influence of sex, race, and age on pain assessment and treatment decisions using virtual human technology: A cross-national comparison. Journal of Pain Research, 6, 577-588.

Kratz, A.L., Hirsh, A.T., Ehde, D.M., & Jensen, M.P. (2013). Acceptance of pain in neurological disorders: Associations with functioning and psychosocial well-being. Rehabilitation Psychology, 58, 1-9.

Wandner, L.D., Hirsh, A.T., Torres, C.A., Lok, B.C., Scipio, C.D., Heft, M.W., & Robinson, M.E. (2013). Using virtual human technology to capture dentists’ decision policies about pain. Journal of Dental Research, 92, 301-305.