Robert C. Coghill, PhD

Fadel Zeidan, PhD

Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy

Associate Director of Neuroscience, Center for Integrative Medicine 




2009Experimental Health Psychology, PhD
 University of North Carolina-Charlotte 


My research interests focus on determining the brain mechanisms that mediate the relationship between self-regulatory processes and health.

I am currently employing neuroimaging methodologies to investigate brain mechanisms a) supporting the modulation of pain by mindfulness meditation and other cognitive techniques and b) associated with processing the relationship between expectations, beliefs, and executive-level cognitive processes on the subjective experience of pain.

Other ongoing research projects include assessing the brain regions involved in meditation-related anxiety relief and other health outcomes.

Selected Publications

Zeidan, F. (in press). The Neurobiology of Mindfulness. The Handbook of Mindfulness. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Lobanov, O., Zeidan, F., Kraft, R.A., McHaffie, J.M., & Coghill, R.C. (2014).  From cue to meaning: Brain mechanisms supporting the construction of expectations. PAIN, 155(1): 129-136.

Emerson, N., Zeidan, F., Lobanov, O., Hadsel, M., Martucci, K., Quevedo, A., Starr, C., et al. (2014). Pain sensitivity is inversely related to grey matter in the brain. PAIN, 155(3): 566-73.

Garland, E.L., Froeliger, B., Zeidan, F., Suveg, K., & Howard, M.O. (2013).  The downward spiral of chronic pain, prescription opioid misuse, and addiction: Cognitive, affective, and neuropsychopharmacologic pathways. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Epub ahead of print.

Zeidan, F., Martucci, K.T., Kraft, R.A., McHaffie, J.G., and Coghill, R.C. (2013). Neural correlates of mindfulness meditation-related anxiety relief.  Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Zeidan, F. & Coghill, R.C. (2012). Functional connections between self-referential thought and chronic pain: A dysfunctional relationship. PAIN, 154(1): 3-4.

Zeidan, F., Grant, J.A., Brown, C.A., McHaffie, J.G., and Coghill, R.C. (2012). Mindfulness meditation-related pain relief:  Evidence for unique brain mechanisms in the regulation of pain. Neuroscience Letters 520(2), 165-173.

Zeidan, F., Martucci, K.T., Kraft, R.A., Gordon, N.S., McHaffie, J.G., and Coghill, R.C. (2011). Brain mechanisms supporting the modulation of pain by mindfulness meditation. The Journal of Neuroscience 31(14), 5540-5548.


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