Steven Harte

Steven E. Harte, PhD

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine/Rheumatology
Associate Director, Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center
Co-Director, HEAL National K12 Clinical Pain Career Development Training Program
Director, Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP)


Dr. Harte is a neuroscientist and an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine with 25 years of experience studying and teaching pain science. His NIH-funded research program leverages preclinical models, psychophysics, inflammatory biomarkers, patient-reported outcomes measures, wearables, and functional brain imaging to investigate mechanisms of chronic pain and analgesic treatments. Specific areas of interest include multisensory neural integration, cannabinoids, environmental influences on pain, pain affect, mechanisms of pain modulation, and analgesic drug development. He is a member of several national pain research collaborations, including the Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) Research Network, the Symptoms of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network (LURN), the HEAL BACPAC and BEST initiatives, the recently completed AURORA Study on trauma, and the Common Fund Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures Program where he leads the development and implementation of multi-site quantitative sensory testing (QST). Dr. Harte is a faculty affiliate of the U-M Neuroscience Graduate Program, Michigan Neuroscience Institute, Opioid Research Institute, and Sensory Science Initiative. He directs the Postdoctoral Translational Scholars T32 Program at the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) and is Co-Director/Co-PI of the HEAL National K12 Clinical Pain Career Development Program. Lastly, he is engaged in the development of novel medical and research devices and e-Health delivery applications, and is Co-Founder/Chief Scientific Officer of Arbor Medical Innovations, LLC. Dr. Harte holds multiple U.S. and international patents for pain measurement and wearable technology resulting from this work. 

Teaching Activity

Neuroscience 525: Introduction to Pain 

MICHR Career Development Studio 

Anesthesiology - Pain Fellowship Program 

Published Articles or Reviews