Adult & Pediatric
Pain Lab at Stanford  


Jarred Younger, PhD

Dr. Younger received his Ph.D. in Experimental Health Psychology in 2003, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He then completed postdoctoral fellowships at Arizona State University, and the Stanford University School of Medicine, before taking his current position as an Instructor in Pain Medicine at Stanford. Dr. Younger is interested in understanding and treating adult and pediatric chronic pain, using novel neuroimaging and pharmaceutical techniques. He is currently funded by the National Institutes of Drug Abuse to study the effects of opioid analgesics on the human brain, as well as a number of federal, non-profit, and private agencies to explore new treatments for chronic pain.
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Elizabeth Ann Stringer, PhD

Elizabeth Ann, a Nashville native, graduated from Sewanee in 2003 with a B.S. in Physics and from Vanderbilt in 2010 with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Her doctoral research focused on mapping somatosensory and pain processing in the healthy human brain with ultra high field fMRI at 7T. She is currently working on several projects with Dr. Younger, including measuring the neural effects of chronic opioid exposure in the treatment of various pain syndromes using MRI. Her primary research interests involve neuroimaging, pain, addiction, and opioid circuitry.
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Katharine Baker

Katharine received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Queensland, Australia, in 2009. She has worked in counseling, therapy and care settings with people with Autism and a range of intellectual and physical challenges, and in research on communication strategies in Dementia. She is primarily interested in understanding how disease or disorder manifests in the brain and how it impacts upon a person’s day-to-day life.  She spent two years at the Queensland Brain Institute, using electrophysiological and imaging methods to measure brain activity and study the voluntary control of movement. She is keen to apply brain imaging and other techniques to better understand the mechanisms of chronic pain, with the ultimate goal of working with individuals to support treatment and management of their condition.



Laura Jastrzab, Ed.S.

Laura earned her graduate degree in psychology from University of Arizona in 2009. She has worked in various settings (schools, hospitals, outpatient facilities) with a wide range of patients and families over the past several years. Before joining Dr. Younger’s lab, she worked in the schools evaluating children for psychological and learning problems. Through her interactions with patients and families over the years, she was inspired to return to academia and pursue research. Laura’s primary research interests lie in examining the cognitive, psychological, and neurological differences amongst various conditions. She is interested in understanding how pharmaceuticals and diseases/disorders affect the brain and how we process information, make decisions and interact with the world and then finding ways to intervene and improve quality of life. She enjoys learning about neuroimaging techniques, statistics and research methodology and is always looking for opportunities to further her knowledge in these domains. Laura is currently working for the UCSF Memory and Aging Center under Dr. Bruce Miller.


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