Chronic pain explained. For any audience.

I have a doctoral education in Neuroscience, a wealth of communication experience, and a passion for sharing science. Whether it’s for scientists or clinicians, patients, students or the public, I can explain complex ideas in simple, customized language that my audience can easily understand.


Ph.D. Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University, 2001. Vollum Institute. Research focus on ion channel physiology of pain-sensing neurons.

RYT-500, Viniyoga Foundations Program for Teaching and Therapy, 2013. American Viniyoga Institute

B.A. Psychology, California State University, Fullerton, 1995. Minor in English; extensive core sciences coursework.

Selected Writing Experience

2014 Scientific American Feature

2012-2015 Scientific American Mind Feature, “Headlines” news pieces

2012-2015 Pain Research Forum News

2012-2014 Multiple Sclerosis Discovery Forum News & Future Directions

2008 – present  CHDI Foundation, Inc. Huntington’s Disease research

2005 – 2011 Online updates to Wall & Melzack’s Textbook of Pain, 5th Edition; 2012 Contributor, 6th Edition.

2003-2007 The Journal of Neuroscience. This Week in The Journal

2002 – 2003 Oregon Public Broadcasting. Associate Producer, Rediscovering
Biology: Molecular to Global Perspectives

Summer 2001 Los Angeles Times Science dailies and features

Teaching Experience

May 2008 – Aug 2010 Washington State University Vancouver. Adjunct Faculty.
Neuroscience 301: Exploring the Brain
Biology 480: Writing in Biology—Science in the News
Biology 407: The Biology of Women
Molecular Bioscience 130: Nutrition for Life


American Society for Journalists and Authors (ASJA)

National Association of Science Writers (NASW)

Society for Neuroscience

2001 American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship

1999 University Club Foundation Award, Portland, OR
Curriculum Vitae PDF


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