Jamie L. Rhudy

Jamie Rhudy

Lorton Hall 308H
jamie-rhudy@utulsa.eduLab Page

Research in Dr. Rhudy’s laboratory broadly spans the area of affective neuroscience (studying physiological processes associated with emotional processing), with a specific focus on the interface of emotion and pain processing. The laboratory uses a variety of psychophysiological assessment techniques (e.g., electromyography, skin conductance, electrocardiography, electroencephalography, respiration) to assess pain, nociceptive responding, and other related defensive reactions (e.g., startle response). The eventual goal of this research is to identify mechanisms that contribute to and/or maintain chronic pain conditions, and to develop non-invasive methods for assessing individuals at risk for developing chronic pain. Current research in the laboratory examines pain processing across the menstrual cycle, and in a variety of chronic pain conditions, including fibromyalgia, migraine headache, chronic tension-type headache, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • 2003 Post-doctoral Fellowship, The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS.
  • 2002 Doctor of Philosophy, Texas A&M University, Clinical Psychology
  • 1998 Master of Science, Texas A&M University, Clinical Psychology
  • 1993 Bachelor of Arts, Austin College, Psychology / Premedical Studies

Previous Teaching Experience

  • 2002-2003 Instructor, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Dept. of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Jackson, MS

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • 2002-2003 Post-doctoral Therapist, University of Mississippi Medical Center / Jackson VAMC
  • 2001-2002 Clinical Intern, University of Mississippi Medical Center / Jackson VAMC
  • 2000-2001 Clinic Coordinator, Texas A&M Psychology Clinic, College Station, Texas
  • 1998-2000 Individual Therapist, Brazos County Jail, Bryan, Texas
  • 1997-2001 Student Therapist, Texas A&M Psychology Clinic, College Station, Texas
  • 1997-1998 Drug Education Counselor/ Psychology Contractor, Federal Prison Camp, Bryan, Texas

Professional Affiliations

  • American Pain Society (APS)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  • Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR)
  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN)

Courses Taught at TU

  • Health Psychology (Psy 6223)
  • Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine (Psy 4223)
  • Psychopathology (Psy 7153)
  • Research Methods (Psy 3013)
  • Statistical Methods for Research II (Psy 7283)
  • Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (Psy 2023)

Awards & Recognition

  • 2003 American Headache Society Best Poster Award
  • 2003 American Headache Society National Travel Award
  • 2007 American Pain Society Future Leaders in Pain Program
  • 2006 American Pain Society Young Investigator National Travel Award
  • 2007 Oklahoma Psychological Association’s (OPA) Distinguished Early Career Award
  • 2002 Society for Behavioral Medicine Best Scientific Poster Award
  • 2001 Society for Neuroscience National Travel Award
  • 2000 Society for Personality and Social Psychology National Travel Award
  • 2001 Society for Personality and Social Psychology National Travel Award
  • 2000 Texas A&M Clinical Psychology Doctoral Research Excellence Award


  • Rhudy, J. L., & France, C. R. (2007). Defining the nociceptive flexion reflex (NFR) threshold in human participants: A comparison of different scoring criteria. Pain, 128, 244-253.

  • Rhudy, J. L., Maynard, L. J.**, & Russell, J. L.* (2007). Does in-vivo catastrophizing engage descending modulation of spinal nociception? Journal of Pain, 8, 325-333.

  • Rhudy, J. L., Williams, A. E.*, McCabe, K. M.*, Rambo, P. L.*, & Russell, J. L.* (2006). Emotional modulation of spinal nociception and pain: The impact of predictable noxious stimulation. Pain, 126, 221-233.

  • Rhudy, J. L., Williams, A. E.*, McCabe, K. M.*, Russell, J. L.*, & Maynard, L. J.** (2008). Emotional control of nociceptive reactions (ECON): Do affective valence and arousal play a role? Pain, 136, 250-261.

  • Rhudy, J. L., & Williams, A. E.* (2005). Gender differences in pain: Do emotions play a role? Gender Medicine, 2, 208-226.

  • Rhudy, J. L., Davis, J. L., Williams, A. E.*, McCabe, K. M.* & Byrd, P.* (2008). Physiological-emotional reactivity to nightmare-related imagery in trauma-exposed persons with chronic nightmares. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 6(3), 158-177.

  • Nicholson, R., Houle, T., Rhudy, J.L., & Norton, P.J. (2007). Psychological risk factors in headache. Headache, 47, 413-426.

  • Williams, A. E.*, & Rhudy, J. L. (in press). Supraspinal modulation of trigeminal nociception and pain. Manuscript submitted for publication. Headache.

  • Rhudy, J. L., Green, B. A., Arnau, R. C., & France, C. R. (2008). Taxometric analysis of biceps femoris EMG following electrocutaneous stimulation over the sural nerve: Determining the latent structure of the nociceptive flexion reflex (NFR). International Journal of Psychophysiology, 69, 18-26.

  • Bartley, E. J.*, & Rhudy, J. L. (2008). The influence of pain catastrophizing on experimentally-induced emotion and emotional modulation of nociception. The Journal of Pain, 38, 388-396.