Vanderbilt University
Institute of Imaging Science

Todd Monroe, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

Contact Information
(615) 936-3329


My overall goal is to use psychophysical and neurophysiological laboratory measures of human pain processing to translate into better pain assessment and management in older adults with and without dementia.


NIH/NIA (R21AG045735) 07/01/2014-07/01/2016 "Age-Related Differences in Psychophysical and Neurobiological Response to Pain."
Role: PI (Cowan, MPI)
Vanderbilt VICTR (K equivalent) 10/01/2013 " 10/01/2016 "Pain Reports and Brain Activation in People with Alzheimer"s Disease". Primary Mentor: John Gore

Vanderbilt VICTR, the John A. Hartford Foundation, and the Mayday Fund. "Sex Differences in the Psychophysical and Neurophysiological Response to Experimental Thermal Pain in Healthy Older Adults"


Monroe, T., Mirsa, S., Habermann, R., Dietrich, M., Cowan, R., Simmons, S. (accepted). Pain Reports and Pain Medication Treatment in Nursing Home Residents with and without Dementia. Geriatrics and Gerontology International.

Monroe, T., Carter, M., Feldt, K., Dietrich, M., & Cowan, R. (2013). Pain and Hospice Care in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia and Terminal Cancer.Geriatrics and Gerontology International.

Monroe, T. Dornan, A., Carter, M., & Cowan, R. (2012). Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Describe Pain Pathways in the "Oldest Old": A Case Study of a Healthy 97-year-old Female. The Journal of Pain and Relief, 1(5), 212.

Monroe, T., Herr, K., Mion, L, Cowan, R. (2013). Ethical Considerations in Pain Research in Cognitively Impaired Older Adults. International Journal of Nursing Studies. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2012.11.023

Monroe, T., Gore, J., Chin, L., Mion, L., Cowan, R. (2012). Pain research in people with Alzheimer"s disease: Potential applications for psychophysical and neurophysiological studies. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 25, 240-255.