Kimberly Sibille, Ph.D.

Published: June 25th, 2014

Category: Uncategorized

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Assistant Professor


2004 Mowry Road, Gainesville, FL 32611
PO Box 100107, GAinesville, FL 32610




Dr. Sibille earned a doctoral degree in Psychology/Clinical Psychology with concentrations in Neuropsychology and Health Psychology from Fielding Graduate University and completed post-doctoral training in Clinical and Translational Pain Research through the UF Comprehensive Center for Pain Research. Her research efforts benefit from her background in exercise science and graduate training in Counselor Education; over fifteen years of clinical practice in diverse healthcare settings; and education and training experiences with healthcare professionals, graduate students, and medical and dental residents.


Dr. Sibille is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aging and Geriatric Research in the UF College of Medicine. She is a faculty member in the Cognitive Aging and Memory Clinical Translational Research Program (CAM-CTRP) and the Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE) with an Affiliate appointment in the School of Advanced Dental Sciences (SADS), College of Dentistry.


Dr. Sibille is currently funded by a K23 Career Development Award through the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).
She is a recipient of the 2014 American Pain Society Sharon S. Keller Chronic Pain Research Grant and the 2014 UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Patient-Oriented Pilot Award. In 2011-2013, she was selected and received funding as a University of Florida Institute on Aging Pepper Junior Scholar and a CTSI KL2 Scholar. In 2010 she received the American Pain Society Future Leaders in Pain Research Award.

Professional Interests

My research interests and investigative pursuits are associated with the interactive influences of biological, psychological, cognitive, behavioral, and social factors specific to osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal chronic pain conditions with a focus on aging, resilience factors, and optimizing treatment response. Chronic pain is taking a toll on individuals, communities, the healthcare system, and is experienced with increased prevalence in older adults. Significant individual variability and lack of pathophysiological targets contribute to poor prevention and clinical treatment interventions. Prior research efforts have investigated individual inflammatory and neuroendocrine measures in response to acute pain; however, the biological consequences of chronic pain and associated psychosocial stress are poorly understood. Identifying biopsychosocial markers associated with chronic pain and aging would have significant clinical and research utility. My overall research intentions are to elucidate biological markers of system burden in osteoarthritis and other pain-related conditions, delineate resilience and vulnerability targets for prevention and treatment, and establish a composite of biomarkers for evaluating the efficacy of clinical interventions.