Jeff Boissoneault, Ph.D.

Jeff Boissoneault, PhD, Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Dr. Jeff Boissoneault
Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Center for Pain Research and Behavioral Health
Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
University of Florida
PO Box 100165
Gainesville, FL 32610
Phone: (352) 273-6147
Website: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology Profile
Center Website: Center for Pain Research and Behavioral Health


Member, Executive Committee, University of Florida Center for Addiction Research & Education

Co-Director, Center for Pain Research and Behavioral Health, University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions

Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Area

Dr. Boissoneault’s research focuses on the application of behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging approaches to the study of a) pain and related constructs (e.g., fatigue); b) alcohol and substance abuse; and c) their interaction. Dr. Boissoneault is interested in improving understanding of how chronic pain may influence alcohol effects and use behavior, as well as how both acute and chronic alcohol use affects pain processing. He also has a strong interest in mechanisms underlying placebo efficacy, pain-related decision making, and the acute and chronic neurobehavioral effects of alcohol use.


Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (Biomedical Science with concentration in Cognitive/Behavioral Neuroscience)
NINDS T32-funded Postdoctoral Fellow, Comprehensive Center for Pain Research in the University of Florida Department of Orthodontics
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida

Recent Publications

See all publications at Dr. Boissoneault’s Google Scholar Profile.

  • Sevel, L., Boissoneault, J., Alappattu, M., Bishop, M., & Robinson, M.E. (2020). Training Endogenous Pain Modulation: A Preliminary Investigation of Neural Adaptation Following Repeated Exposure to Clinically-Relevant Pain. Brain Imaging and Behavior 14(3):881-896. PMID: 30617786.
  • Boissoneault, J., Penza, C., George, S.Z., Robinson, M.E., & Bishop, M. (2020). Comparison of brain structure between pain-susceptible and asymptomatic individuals following experimental induction of low back pain. Spine J 20(2):292-299. PMID: 31479781.
  • Boissoneault, J., Stennett, B., & Robinson, M.E. (2020). Acute Alcohol Intake Alters Resting State Functional Connectivity of Nucleus Accumbens with Pain-related Corticolimbic Structures. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 207:107811. PMID: 31891860.
  • Saleh, M., Wang, A., Mikkelsen, M., Hui, S., Oelzschner, G., Boissoneault, J., Stennett, B.*, Porges, E., Edden, R. (2020). Simultaneous edited MRS of GABA, glutathione, and ethanol. NMR in Biomedicine 33(4):e4227. PMID: 31943424.
  • George, S.Z., Lentz, T.A., Beneciuk, J.M., Bhavsar, N.A., Mundt, J., & Boissoneault J. (2020). Framework for improving outcome prediction for acute to chronic low back pain transitions. PAIN Reports 5(2):e809. PMID: 32440606.
  • Boissoneault, J., Sevel, L., Stennett, B., Alappattu, M., Bishop, M., & Robinson, M. (2020). Regional increases in brain signal variability are associated with pain intensity reductions following repeated eccentric exercise bouts. European Journal of Pain 24(4):818-827. PMID: 31976587.
  • Garcia, C.C., Lewis, B., Boissoneault, J. & Nixon, S.J. (2020). Effects of age and acute moderate alcohol consumption on electrophysiological indices of attention modulation. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 81(3):372-383. PMID: 32527389.
  • Sevel, L.S., Stennett, B., Schneider II, V., Bush, N., Nixon, S.J., Robinson, M., & Boissoneault, J. (2020). Acute Alcohol Intake Produces Widespread Decreases in Cortical Resting Signal Variability in Health Social Drinkers. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 44(7):1410-1419. PMID: 32472620.
  • Ferguson, E., Zale, E., Ditre, J., Wesolowicz, D., Stennett, B., Robinson, M., & Boissoneault, J. (2020). CANUE: A Theoretical Model of Pain as an Antecedent for Substance Use. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. PMID: 32914834.
  • Stennett, B., Anderson, M.B., Vitus, D.*, Ferguson, E.*, Dallery, J., Alappattu, M., Robinson, M. & Boissoneault, J. (2021). Sex Moderates the Effects of Experimentally Induced Musculoskeletal Pain on Alcohol Demand in Healthy Drinkers. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 219 (108475). PMID: 33385694.
  • Williams, M., Vitus, D., Ferguson, E. Stennett, B., Robinson, M., & Boissoneault, J. (in press). Acute Tolerance to the Analgesic Effects of Alcohol.Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. These authors contributed equally to this work.

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