Erin Dannecker

Erin Dannecker


Associate Professor

Research at a glance

Research Topics

Research Summary

Dr. Dannecker's research focuses on pain measurement and factors that influence the interactions between pain and physical activity.

Educational background

  • NIH F32 postdoctoral fellowship: Pain Research, University of Florida
  • PhD: Exercise Psychology w/minor in Health Psychology and Gerontology, University of Florida
  • MSESS: Athletic Training w/minor in Psychology, University of Florida
  • BA: Psychology, University of Texas-Austin

Classes taught

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Psychosocial issues for health promotion
  • Introduction to research process and evidence base
  • Apprenticeship in the conduct of human-subjects pain research

Content expertise/teaching responsibility

  • Evidence-based practice, psychosocial issues for health promotion, introduction to research process and evidence base
  • Apprenticeship in the conduct of human-subjects pain research

Research interests

  • Interactions between pain and physical activity and the influence of individual factors (e.g., biological sex, body weight, expectations, emotions, etc.) on those interactions
  • Pain measurement

I was exceptionally fortunate to pursue my research interests in Psychology, Exercise Science, and Pain at high research activity universities with outstanding mentors. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, I fused these interests together and conducted pain research using innovative exercise stimuli and typical experimental stimuli in healthy young adults. This work has improved our understanding of exercise-induced muscle pain and supported the clinical relevance of an exercise-induced muscle pain model. More recently, I have been studying pain in clinical populations with neurological and musculoskeletal diagnoses across the lifespan. This work focuses on pain measurement as a form of pain communication and factors that influence the interactions between pain and physical activity.

Additional certification

  • Certified Athletic Trainer

Awards and honors

  • School of Health Professions Faculty Research Award
  • One of 24 researchers from around the world invited to speak at the International Association for the Study of Pain Research Symposium on Musculoskeletal Pain
  • One of 16 fellows accepted for the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade’s Young Investigator Initiative (YII) Program
  • One of three New Investigators invited to give an oral presentation at the first annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium
  • Citation Award winner at annual scientific meeting of the American Pain Society
  • One of five finalists for the Prince de Merode Award at the International Olympic Committee VI World Congress
  • Recipient of Lee-McCachren Scholarship for excellence in teaching
  • US Collegiate All-American and member of South regional team at US Olympic Festival in recurve archery


I grew up in a popular beach vacation destination –Panama City, FL. For high school and college, I moved to rolling hill country with grazing longhorn cattle in TX. Then, I moved to “The Swamp” in FL for my graduate and post-doctoral work. My family members primarily remain in TX and FL.

Selected publications

  • Dannecker, E.A., Royse, L.A., Vilceanu, D., Warne-Griggs, M.D., Adib, S., Stucky, R., Bloom, T.L., Mehr, D. (2021). Perspectives of patients with chronic pain about a pain education video. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 7, 1-12.
  • Dannecker, E.A., Warne-Griggs, M.D., Royse, L.A., Hoffman, K.G. (2019) Listening to patients’ voices: workarounds patients use to construct pain intensity ratings. Qualitative Health Research, 29, 484-497.
  • Dannecker, E. A., Ying, L., R., Rector, S., Thomas, T. R., Sayers, S. P., Leeuwenburgh, C., Ray, B. K. (2013) The effect of fasting on indicators of muscle damage. Experimental Gerontology, 48, 1101-1106.
  • Dannecker, E. A., Sluka, K. A. (2011). Pressure and activity-related allodynia in delayed-onset muscle pain. Clinical Journal of Pain, 27, 42-47.
  • Dannecker, E. A., George, S. Z., Robinson, M. E. (2007). Influence and stability of pain scale anchors for an investigation of cold-pressor pain tolerance. Journal of Pain, 8, 476-482.
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