Erin E. Young, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing (Affiliate)

Research Overview

I am primarily interested in the genetic and environmental determinants of risk for persistent pain (typically due to inflammation or injury). While at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research, I focused primarily on identifying genetic mechanisms of susceptibility to persistent pain after inflammation in both the tissues of the extremities (somatic) and the abdominal organs (viscera). Prior to moving to the University of Pittsburgh, my postdoctoral work at Texas A&M University focused on understanding the mechanisms by which environmental factors, like stress, modulate the immune response to a challenge (inflammation or injury) and thereby modulate pain. In my work, I strive to translate findings from preclinical animal models of pain and disease into a better understanding of human clinical pain syndromes.


2000, B.A. in Biology (Minor in Physics and Neuroscience), Wesleyan College (Macon, GA)

2003, M.A. in Experimental Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), Kent State University

2005, Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), Kent State University

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressSchool of Nursing
231 Glenbrook Rd, Unit 4026
Storrs, CT 06269-4026