Melissa A. Farmer, PhD integrates clinical and basic science research related to sexual function and pain as a Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern University's Department of Physiology in the Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Farmer earned her B.A. in Psychology and Plan II Honors at the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. She pursued predoctoral training in Clinical Psychology at McGill University within the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain, where she developed novel mouse models of sexual dysfunction and chronic pain as she treated patients who suffered from these conditions. Dr. Farmer completed clinical internships at the Royal Victoria Hospital's Sex and Couple Therapy Service and the Montreal General Hospital Chronic Pain Centre founded by Ron Melzack (now the McGill University Health Centre's Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit). Her clinical interests focus on nervous system mechanisms of sexual function/dysfunction and chronic pain pathology using animal models, experimental psychophysiology, multimodal neuroimaging, and clinical treatment trials in women and men.
Dr. Farmer is an active participant in international societies specializing in sexual health and pain research. In 2010, she received a New Investigator Award for Basic Science for devising a novel mouse model of vulvodynia following repeated infections, awarded by the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH). More recently, Dr. Farmer served as the 2016-2017 ISSWSH Scientific Program Chair and continues to sit on the Board of Directors. Dr. Farmer is a member of the Basic Science and Mental Health Committees of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) and she recently received the SMSNA's Robert Krane Lecture Award in 2016. From 2011-2016, she led Northwestern University's Neuroimaging arm of NIDDK's Multidiscplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain Research Network.
Friday, May 3
10:40 AM – 11:15 AM