About Kimberly Sibille
Employment and Training
Dr. Sibille is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aging & Geriatric Research and the Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pain Medicine in the College of Medicine. She is an Affiliate Faculty member in the Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE) and the School of Advanced Dental Sciences (SADS), College of Dentistry.
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; graduate training in Counselor Education; over fifteen years of clinical practice in diverse healthcare settings; and experiences teaching and training healthcare professionals, graduate students, and medical and dental residents.
Honors and Awards
Dr. Sibille received the 2017-2018 College of Medicine’s University of Florida Term Professorship and the 2017 University of Florida Research Excellence Award for Assistant Professors. She is currently funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH). Previous research funding has been awarded from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), the 2014 American Pain Society Sharon S. Keller Chronic Pain Research Grant; the 2014 UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Patient-Oriented Pilot Award; the 2012 International Association for the Study of Pain Grant funded by Scan/Design by the Inger & Jens Bruun Foundation; the 2012 UF CTSI KL2 Scholar and Institute on Aging Pepper Junior Scholar Award; and the 2010 American Pain Society Future Leaders in Pain Research Award.
Inspired by experiences working in healthcare, research from my lab focuses on bridging the biomedical and psychosocial chasm in chronic pain. Chronic pain is a major public health issue with significant functional and financial consequences affecting individuals, the community, and the healthcare system. Even more concerning, the consequences of chronic pain extend beyond disability and decreased quality of life to include an increased incidence of morbidity and mortality. Research investigation and clinical management of chronic pain is difficult due to significant individual variability and the lack of biological indices with which to evaluate risk and protective factors, progression, and treatment response.
Our scientific pursuits are specific to investigating the interactive influences of biological, psychosocial, cognitive, and behavioral factors associated with osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal chronic pain conditions with an emphasis on stress, aging, health disparities, and resilience. The intentions underlying our investigations are to 1) elucidate biological measures reflecting the stress-related biological burden resulting from chronic pain conditions; 2) delineate resilience and vulnerability factors for prevention and treatment; and 3) identify biobehavioral strategies to optimize chronic pain treatment interventions. The overarching goals of our efforts are to contribute to the research and medical community by improving the understanding of the biological interface of chronic pain and associated stressors, to formulate a clinical composite for assessing and evaluating treatment interventions, and to identify strategies and targets to prevent, reduce or ameliorate chronic pain.