A big welcome to Kimberly Sibille, PhD, MA, as a Joint Associate Professor with the Division of Pain Medicine, and Brent Carr, MD, as Joint Assistant Professor.
Dr. Sibille is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Aging & Geriatric Research as well as Affiliate Faculty in the Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE) and the School of Advanced Dental Sciences (SADS), College of Dentistry.
She earned a doctoral degree in psychology/clinical psychology with concentrations in neuropsychology and health psychology from Fielding Graduate University and completed postdoctoral training in Clinical and Translational Pain Research through the UF Comprehensive Center for Pain Research. She has a background in exercise science, graduate training in counselor education; more than 15 years of clinical practice in diverse healthcare settings; and experience teaching and training healthcare professionals, graduate students, and medical and dental residents.
Dr. Sibille is currently funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH). She has previously received funding from numerous prestigious organizations, including the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). Her research focuses on the influences of biological, psychosocial, cognitive, and behavioral factors associated with osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal chronic pain conditions with an emphasis on stress, aging, health disparities, and resilience.
In her new joint role, Dr. Sibille will help integrate her established research into the Division of Pain Medicine to promote research education, scholarly productivity, and grant proposal development. She will contribute to the pain research training infrastructure for fellows, residents, and medical and pre-medical students to advance scholarly activities and education. Additionally, Dr. Sibille will work to expand research opportunities within the Pain Clinic and patient interface, including translational research to advance the assessment and therapy of patients living with chronic pain.
Dr. Carr is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Carr has over 20 years of faculty experience. He completed an Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine and a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) fellowship at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Carr created a successful joint anesthesia/psychiatry senior medical student elective in ECT codirected with two anesthesiology faculty. Dr. Carr was also instrumental in codirecting a medical student elective in applied electricity/physics, and he recruited medical students into both psychiatry and anesthesiology. He is highly respected by members of the Department of Anesthesiology for his collegiality concerns about quality patient care and attentiveness to full COVID-19 precautions for all providers with the ECT environment.
The purpose of Dr. Carr’s appointment is to foster continued close intradepartmental collaboration and program development, not only for ECT but also potentially for a new treatment program that would require anesthesia input and add to UF’s psychiatry service offerings within the region. This initiative will include a potential new medical student elective and further collaborative research based on two current Institutional Review Board-approved research projects on ECT. In addition, Dr. Carr is UF’s Principal Investigator as part of a large multi-center genetics ECT research project.