Ellen Yeung, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, The George Washington University


Office Phone: (202) 994-6543
2125 G Street NW Washington DC 20052

Current HIV/AIDS-Related Research Activities:

  • Understanding the shared risk and resilience factors underlying addiction and chronic pain, and the mechanisms linking the two. 
  • Using a lifespan developmental perspective to examine the influences of genetics, social environment, and their interplay on the pathologies of addiction and pain; sensitivity to pain among individuals with addiction; susceptibility to addiction among patients with chronic pain; and the biopsychosocial pathways that may account for the reciprocal relation between addiction and chronic pain. 
  • Extending current research to understand the role of addiction-pain comorbidity among people living with HIV/AIDS (e.g. how the co-morbidity of addiction and pain influence the compliance of medication and HIV/AIDS-specific health maintenance, the unique physiological mechanisms underlying addiction-pain co-morbidity among PLWHA using laboratory paradigms).