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Keri Hainsworth
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Keri Hainsworth, PhD


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  • Education and Awards
  • Research and publications
  • Division

    • Anesthesiology

    Research interests

    • Pain management
    • Behavioral health
    • Pediatric obesity

    Study interests

    • Co-occurring pain and obesity
    • Psychosocial health
    • Health-related quality of Life


    • Doctorate, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 1994
    • Post-doctoral fellowship, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2005-2006

    Dr. Hainsworth is a research psychologist with special interest in pediatric pain. Her research interests focus on the interrelationships between pain and obesity in children and adolescents. Dr. Hainsworth has shown that youth who experience both chronic pain and obesity have significantly lower quality of life than youth with chronic pain alone or obesity alone. She has also shown that youth with co-occurring pain and obesity have altered pain thresholds. Subsequent studies will be directed at elucidating the mechanisms underlying pain in this population. In addition, she has designed and conducted a number of studies focused on the benefits of yoga for children and adolescents. The study samples have included youth with chronic headache pain, youth with pediatric obesity and a sample of high school sophomores.

    As well as conducting her own research, Dr. Hainsworth currently serves as the Research Director of the Jane B. Pettit Pain and Headache Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The Pain Management Center includes anesthesiologists, a clinical psychologist, advanced practice nurses, and nurses specializing in chronic pain. The Center’s research program covers a broad range of areas important to acute and chronic pain management, such as optimal opioid delivery systems, post-surgical pain management, and the study of biopsychosocial factors that impact patients’ lives. The Center is known for our inclusion of integrative medicine and a biopsychosocial approach to pediatric pain.

    To contact Dr. Hainsworth, please call (414) 266-6306 or e-mail