Jennifer Pierce is a Research Investigator in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and received her doctorate in Social and Health Psychology from Wayne State University. As a principal investigator at the Back & Pain Center, she conducts research aimed at understanding the impact of trauma on pain phenotype and pain-related behavior. She is also interested in extending this mechanistic work to interventions for people with pain, as well as for individuals who experience trauma and exhibit a pain vulnerable phenotype. She is the Principal Investigator of the Pain and Social Experiences Project at the Back & Pain Center and is currently supported by a Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Award from the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.