Psychology students attend European Pain School

Thursday, August 29, 2013

TU students meet with mentors and peers in Italy

Two University of Tulsa clinical psychology graduate students recently attended the European Pain School (EPS) in Siena, Italy. The annual weeklong program invites 30 pain investigators from around the world to learn about current research in pain modulation and processing.

TU doctoral students Shreela Palit (BS ’11) and Ellen Terry (MA ’10), who are advised by Associate Professor Jamie Rhudy, were selected to attend from a competitive pool of 90 applicants. Palit and Terry connected with fellow peers, conducted an oral Powerpoint presentation on their research and received direct mentorship from renowned international pain researchers. Program participants also attended lectures and hands-on seminars focused on professional development.

Palit says she was fortunate to represent TU abroad. “Attending EPS was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had,” she says. “I enjoyed connecting with other young investigators who are just as passionate as me about studying pain.”

Terry says the program not only strengthened her personal research project but highlighted the importance of animal studies. “I used to focus largely on human research literature, but now I have a renewed appreciation for findings related to animal research,” she says.

For more information about the clinical psychology program at TU, please contact McFarlin Associate Professor of Psychology Michael Basso in the Department of Psychology at 918-631-3151.

Gail Ellis