Dr. Pratscher is a postdoctoral fellow in an integrative and multidisciplinary pain and aging research training program at the University of Florida. He is interested in examining the effectiveness and mechanisms of action of various mind-body and integrative interventions to improve health, vitality, stress, chronic pain, aging, and well-being. Dr. Pratscher is particularly drawn to psychedelic-assisted therapies and breathwork and how both can alter consciousness and support the body’s natural ability to heal.
Dr. Buchanan is a MERIT/IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She earned a doctoral degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida. Dr. Buchanan’s research currently focuses on understanding how exercise and pain impact mobility and cardiovascular function of older adults.
Akemi is a PhD candidate from the Department of Epidemiology. She is interested in studying risk factors of cancers that afflict women and understanding mechanisms of aging in underserved population subgroups (people living with pain and HIV). For her PhD dissertation she is investigating the associations between micronutrients (vitamin D, Omega-6/-3) and Leukocyte Telomere Length in individuals with mild to moderate chronic pain.
Shivani Hanchate joined the team in the Spring of 2020 to complete an Anesthesiology independent study in the field of chronic pain. She worked with Dr. Sibille, Dr. Tanner, Dr. Przkora, and Dr. Juan to investigate chronic pain and it’s relation to cognition, accelerated aging, neuropathological changes, and anesthetic delivery. She then continued this line of study while working on a project with our team investigating the relationship between chronic pain severity and temporal lobe cortex changes with relation to sociodemographic factors, as it specifically relates to Alzheimer’s disease. She is very passionate about the intersection of neuroscience, pain medicine, and social determinants of health and is eager to find a way to continue studying these fields and translating this research into clinical practice. Shivani graduated from the University of Miami in 2017 with a Bachelors in Neuroscience and with minors in Chemistry and Public Health. She is currently a 4th year medical student at the University of Florida College of Medicine and will be starting an Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Virginia in the summer of 2021. She is hoping to either pursue dual board certification in Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology or pursue an Internal Medicine subspecialty fellowship.
Stanley is currently a research volunteer in the lab. Working as a medical assistant at North Florida Integrative Medicine, he saw how patients reported a variety of pain tolerances which varied differently across ethnic groups. This curiosity led him to become a volunteer research assistant at PRICE. In the future, Stanley will be applying to medical school in order to become a scholarly physician contributing to the advancement of science through clinical research.
Dr. Angie M. Adkin is a research trainee under the mentorship of Dr. Kimberly Sibille. After attaining her Bachelor of Science in Zoology degree with honors from Michigan State University, she spent several years as a zookeeper in Chicago caring for, training and managing many species of animals. While at the zoo, she also assisted with several behavioral research projects that focused on assessing the behavior and health of sable antelope, the endangered Grevy’s zebra and Sichuan takin. This is where her love of comparative psychology and ethology was founded. Her research interests in behavior led her to the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida where she earned a MS in 2013 and PhD in 2018. While in graduate school at UF, her research focused on utilizing the equine model to explore how nutrition and environmental factors impact behavior and health in horses. Dr. Adkin’s current research goals take a mixed method approach to comparative psychology and ethology by exploring reciprocal translation research benefiting both humans and horses. Her goals are to study how temperament contributes to a horse’s emotional regulation and learning ability, as well as assess biomarkers related to temperament and stress. By using an evidence-based approach to test behavioral modification techniques in anxious horses, her ultimate goal is translate this research to benefit both humans and horses.
Previous Team Members
Alisa Johnson, PhD
Lucas DeMonte, MEd
Franchesca Arias, PhD
Staja Booker, PhD
Duane B. Corbett, PhD
Carlo Custodero, MD
Federlin Jean, MD