Afton Hassett is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is a graduate of Colorado State University and received her doctorate from Alliant International University in San Diego, CA in 2000. From 2002-2005, she was a Continuing Education student in Neuroscience at Princeton University – an opportunity afforded her by a K08 award from the National Institute of Mental Health. She holds an appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where from 2000-2010 she conducted research aimed at exploring the role of psychological and affective factors in chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Post Lyme Disease Syndrome. Since joining the Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center in the spring of 2010, her research has increasingly focused on targeting resilience factors such as positive affect and well-being in the functional and neurobiological outcomes of those with chronic pain.
Her research related to exploring the role of psychological and affective factors in chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, osteoarthritis, chronic low back pain and Post Lyme Disease Syndrome.
Hassett AL, Epel E, Clauw DJ, Harris RE, Harte SE, Kairys A, Buyske S, Williams DA. Pain is associated with short leukocyte telomere length in women with fibromyalgia. J Pain. In Press.
Hassett AL, Wasserman RA, Goesling J, Rakovitis K, Shi B, Brummett CM. The longitudinal assessment of pain outcomes in the clinical setting: development of the "APOLO" electronic data capture system. Reg Anes Pain Med 2012;37(4):398-402.
Hassett AL, Li T, Radvanski DC, Savage SV, Buyske S, Schiff S, Katz PP, The assessment of health-related family role functioning in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: preliminary validation of the SLE-FAMILY. Arthritis Care Res. In Press.
Hassett AL, Clauw DJ. Does psychological stress cause Chronic Pain? Psychiatr Clin North Am 2011;34(3):579-94.
Wolfe F, Hassett AL, Walitt B, Michaud K. Mortality in fibromyalgia: an 8,186 patient study over 35 years. Arthritis Care Res 2011;63(1):94-101.