Education & Training
- 2015 Medical College of Wisconsin;Center for Aids Intervention Research, NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship in HIV Prevention
- 2013 Kent State University, PhD; Experimental Health Psychology
- 2010 Kent State University, MA; Experimental Health Psychology
- 2006 Saint Vincent College, BA; Psychology
1. Pacella, M.L., Girard, J., Wright, A., Suffoletto, B., & Callaway, C.W. (2018). The Association between Daily Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms and Pain over the First 14-days after Injury: An Experience Sampling Study. Academic Emergency Medicine, 25(8), 844-855.
2. Brienza, A., Gianforcaro, A., Suffoletto, B., Callaway, C.W., & Pacella, M.L. (2018). The utility of assessing for pain interference and psychological factors among Emergency Department patients who present with pain. General Hospital Psychiatry, 52, 21-26.
3. Pacella, M.L., Hruska, B., George, R.L., & Delahanty, D.L. (2018). The role of negative affect on headache-related disability following traumatic physical injury. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 58(3), 381-398.
4. Pacella, M.L., Prabhu, A., Morley, J., Huang, S., & Suffoletto, B.P. (2018). Post- concussive symptoms over the first 14 days after mild traumatic brain injury: an experience sampling study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 33(3), p E31–E39.
5. Quinn, K., Pacella, M.L., Dickson-Gomez, J., Nydigger, L. (2017). Childhood adversity and the continued exposure to trauma and violence among adolescent gang members. American Journal of Community Psychology, 59(1-2), 36-49. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12123
6. Pacella, M.L., Hruska, B., Steudte-Schmiedgen, S., George, R., & Delahanty, D.L. (2017). The utility of hair cortisol concentrations in the prediction of PTSD symptoms following traumatic physical injury. Social Science & Medicine, 175, 228-234. doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.12.046
7. Hruska, B., Pacella, M.L., George, R.L., & Delahanty, D.L. (2016). Trajectories of daily PTSD symptoms in recent traumatic injury victims. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, 8(6), 676-679.
8. Pacella, M.L., Hruska, B., & Delahanty, D.L. (2013). The physical health consequences of PTSD and PTSD symptoms: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27(1), 33-46.
Title: Risk of long-term opioid use and its sequelae due to opioid prescribing for acute pain
Project Period: 2018-2020
Sponsor: The Benter Foundation
Purpose: This project will address a critical gap in the understanding of the opioid crisis by estimating the risk of long-term opioid use and its sequalae due to excess prescribing of opioids for acute pain.
Title: Single dose administration of Benzodiazepines to reduce distress, pain severity, and the need for opiates both during and after Emergency Department care: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Project Period: 2018-2019
Role: Principal Investigator
Sponsor: University of Pittsburgh Physicians (UPP)/UPMC Academic Foundation
Purpose: We will determine whether oral lorazepam vs. placebo reduces distress, pain severity, and need for opiate analgesics both in the Emergency Department and in the acute recovery period after discharge.
Title: Coaching Pain and PTSD Elimination (COPE): A Randomized Controlled Trial
Project Period: 2017-2018
Role: Principal Investigator
Sponsor: University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Purpose: We aimed to determine whether the PTSD Coach app (vs. treatment as usual) would lead to reduced PTSD symptoms and pain reports after a traumatic physical injury among Emergency Department patients.
1 K01 AR073300-01A1
Title: An in-depth Examination of the Psychological Processes involved in the Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain after a Traumatic Musculoskeletal Injury
Project Period: 2019-2024
Sponsor: NIH/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Skin Diseases
Purpose: This project aims to determine the temporal associations between maladaptive psychological processes and the development of chronic pain among motor vehicle accident victims with traumatic musculoskeletal injury.