Faculty

Joel Greenspan, PhD
Director

Image of Dr. Joel GreenspanDr. Greenspan is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neural and Pain Sciences, University of Maryland Dental School, and Co-Director of the University of Maryland Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research (CACPR).  He received his Ph.D. from the Neuroscience Program of Florida State University, and received postdoctoral training in the Neurobiology Program, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Dr. Greenspan has studied the neural mechanisms of pain and somesthesis for over 35 years, and has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific publications in the field.  His current research work includes serving as site PI for the OPPERA study:  the largest study ever undertaken to identify predictive biomarkers of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) pain.

 

Marcela Romero-Reyes, DDS, PhD
Clinical Director

Marcela ReyesDr. Romero is a highly trained expert in the fields of orofacial pain and headache disorders. Dr. Romero is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain, Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain as well as Fellow of the American Headache Society.

For seven years prior to coming to the University of Maryland, Dr. Romero was the Director of the Orofacial and Head Pain clinical service and the Director of the Advanced Program for International Dentists in Oral Medicine & Orofacial Pain at New York University College of Dentistry in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine.

Dr. Romero graduated from the School of Dentistry at the National University of Mexico (UNAM). She obtained her Orofacial pain training and PhD at UCLA, School of Dentistry and postdoctoral training at the UCLA Headache Research and Treatment Program now known as the Goldberg Migraine Program in the department of Neurology, David Geffen, School of Medicine.

 

Jane L. Phillips, RDH, MS, CPT
Faculty Research Assistant

Image of Jane PhillipsJane  Phillips received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the UMB School of Dentistry. Her current role in clinical research is in the area of TMD, where she participated in specialized training as an examiner for the Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (DC/TMD). In the Brotman Facial Pain Clinic, she has conducted screening and eligibility for studies in collaboration with the Department of Neural and Pain Sciences, the UM School of Nursing, and Johns Hopkins Behavioral Medicine. She has been a practicing hygienist for 35 years.