Adam T Hirsh

Associate 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
PSY-I 665 Intervention I: Counseling Approaches

Current Research

My lab conducts research on the biopsychosocial aspects of pain and functioning in humans. We study providers of pain care, patients who experience pain, and healthy laypersons. (1) On the provider side, we use computer-simulated patients and environments to test hypotheses about the factors that influence pain judgments and treatment decisions. In this work, we are particularly interested in examining the mechanisms that underlie disparities in pain care, and in developing targeted interventions that improve providers’ pain treatment decisions. (2) On the patient side, we have several ongoing projects in the Pain Clinic at Riley Children’s Hospital, the Primary Care Clinic at Eskenazi Health, and the Indiana Polyclinic (a freestanding, multidisciplinary pain facility). For example, at Riley Children’s Hospital, we are examining how child and parent injustice perceptions about pain influence pain-related outcomes over time. At Eskenazi Health, we are examining how adults with chronic pain prioritize their symptoms and evaluate treatment effectiveness – this work will inform a future intervention to facilitate shared decision-making between patients and providers. At Indiana Polyclinic, we are examining how social factors influence patients’ decisions to seek pain-related disability compensation. (3) Our work with healthy laypersons uses laboratory-based quantitative sensory testing, which allows us to manipulate the pain stimulus and key psychosocial factors (e.g., participants’ pain-related expectations and coping strategies) to examine how these factors influence pain. We are a multidisciplinary lab and collaborate frequently with colleagues in Medicine, Nursing, Communication Science, Informatics, and Social Psychology.

Dr. Hirsh is currently accepting new students for enrollment in Fall 2017.

Select Publications

Miller, M.M., Scott, E.L., Trost, Z. & Hirsh, A.T. (in press). Perceived injustice is associated with pain and functional outcomes in children and adolescents with chronic pain: A preliminary investigation. The Journal of Pain.

Edmonds, B.T., McKenzie, F., Austgen, M.B., Ashburn-Nardo, L., Matthias, M.S., & Hirsh, A.T. (in press). Obstetricians' management of chronic pain in pregnancy. Pain Medicine.

Hollingshead, N.A., Matthias, M.S., Bair, M.J., & Hirsh, A.T. (in press). Healthcare providers' perceptions of socioeconomically disadvantaged patients with chronic pain: A qualitative investigation. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice.

Meints, S.M., Miller, M.M., & Hirsh, A.T. (2016). Differences in pain coping between Black and White Americans: A meta-analysis. The Journal of Pain, 17, 642-653.

Hollingshead, N.A., Ashburn-Nardo, L., Stewart, J.C., & Hirsh, A.T. (2016). The pain experience of Hispanic Americans: A critical literature review and conceptual model. The Journal of Pain, 17, 513-528.

Boissoneault, J., Mundt, J.M., Bartley, E.J., Wandner, L.D., Hirsh, A.T., & Robinson, M.E. (2016). Predictors of the use of virtual human characteristics for treatment decisions in health care providers: An individual-level analysis. Journal of Dental Education, 80, 578-587.

Hollingshead, N.A., Vrany, E.A., Stewart, J.C., & Hirsh, A.T. (2016). Differences in Mexican Americans' prevalence of chronic pain and co-occurring analgesic medication and substance use relative to Non-Hispanic White and Black Americans: Results from NHANES 1999-2004. Pain Medicine, 17, 1001-1009.

Hollingshead, N.A., Meints, S., Middleton, S.K., Free, C.A., & Hirsh, A.T. (2015). Examining influential factors in providers' chronic pain treatment decisions: A comparison of physicians and medical students. BMC Medical Education, 15, 164.

Hirsh, A.T., Hollingshead, N.A., Ashburn-Nardo, L., & Kroenke, K. (2015). The interaction of patient race, provider bias, and clinical ambiguity on pain management decisions. The Journal of Pain, 16, 558-568.

Meints, S.M., & Hirsh, A.T. (2015). In-vivo praying and catastrophizing mediate the race differences in experimental pain sensitivity. The Journal of Pain, 16, 491-497.

Hollingshead, N.A., Matthias, M.S., Bair, M.J., & Hirsh, A.T. (2015). 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, 16, 280-290.