Katrina Maluf
Contact Information:
9500 Gilman Dr. MC 8505
La Jolla, CA 92037


Dr. Maluf received her masters in Physical Therapy (1999) and her doctorate in Movement Science (2002) from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in sensorimotor physiology at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2005. Currently, she is a Professor of Physical Therapy at San Diego State University and an affiliate member of the VA Center of Excellence in Stress and Mental Health.

Research/Clinical Interests

Dr. Maluf conducts clinical and neurophysiological research to better understand the effects of psychological stress and physical activity on pain sensitivity, and their role in the development and treatment of chronic pain in veteran and civilian populations. Specifically, her current research is investigating associations between experimental pain sensitivity and daily patterns of sleep and physical activity in people with and without chronic spine pain. In collaboration with other CESAMH investigators, she is also testing new models of integrated physical and mental health care for post-traumatic headache with associated neck pain in veterans diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury. The long-term goal of her research program is to develop mechanism-based, integrative approaches for the prevention and treatment of chronic pain.

Dr. Maluf is a licensed physical therapist with clinical expertise in the treatment of patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions, including neck and low back pain, fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis.

To participate in current research studies, please visit VASDHS and  VMRF.

Selected Publications