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- University of Arizona, BS in Microbiology, 1996
- Washington University in St. Louis, MS in Physical Therapy, 1999
- Washington University in St. Louis, PhD in Movement Science, 2002
- American Physical Therapy Association
- American Pain Society
- International Association for the Study of Pain
- International Society of Electrophysiology & Kinesiology
- Society for Clinical and Translational Science
- Society for Neuroscience
The goal of my research is to identify mechanisms underlying psychomotor responses to stress and pain, and to apply this knowledge to the prevention and treatment of chronic pain disorders. We use a variety of neurophysiologic techniques to investigate how the central nervous system responds to stress and pain in healthy individuals and clinical populations. Common experimental techniques include surface and intra-muscular electromyography (EMG), peripheral nerve stimulation, and quantitative sensory testing. We also conduct clinical studies to investigate risk factors and novel treatment strategies for chronic pain disorders including neck pain and fibromyalgia.
Dr. Monroe received her MS degree in Physical Therapy and her PhD degree in Movement Science from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was also employed as a physical therapist in an outpatient rehabilitation clinic specializing in the prevention and treatment of occupational injuries. To supplement her graduate training in tissue biomechanics, Dr. Monroe completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuromuscular physiology at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2005. Prior to joining the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at SDSU, Dr. Monroe was a faculty member at the University of Iowa and University of Colorado Denver Physical Therapy Programs. Dr. Monroe has published numerous manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, and has received invitations to present her research at international, national, and regional scientific meetings, as well as clinical venues. Her research program has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Foundation for Physical Therapy, and the International Association for the Study of Pain.