Richard J. Traub, PhD, Biography

Richard J. Traub, PhD, Professor and Interim Chair
in the Department of Neural and Pain Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, received his BS at the State University of New York at Albany and PhD at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Dental Research where he studied the neurobiology of pain. He then went to the University of Iowa as a postdoctoral associate to conduct visceral pain research with G.F.Gebhart.

Dr. Traub joined the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 1996. He was an early leader in the study of sex differences in visceral pain and was chair of the Special Interest Group on Sex, Gender and Pain of the International Association for the Study of Pain from 2005-2008. He was co-organizer of the “Consensus Conference to Establish Guidelines for Research on Sex Differences in Pain,” held in Baltimore, MD (2006). He has authored more than 75 articles and book chapters. Dr. Traub has served as a regular and Ad Hoc member of NIH study sections since 2005 as well as a grant reviewer for Canada and Israel. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Pain, Frontiers in Pain Research, and the Journal of Pain Research. He is a review editor for Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. His research interests include studying the role of gonadal hormones underlying sex differences in visceral pain and the circuitry and mechanisms involved in the transition from transient to chronic visceral pain. Most recently, he has been focusing on the effects of stress on visceral pain and animal models of Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions. His research has been funded by NIH for over 25 years.