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.
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.
- Balter JE, Molner JL, Kohrt WM, Maluf KS. Mechanical pain sensitivity and the severity of chronic neck pain and disability are not modulated across the menstrual cycle. Journal of Pain. 2013;14(11):1450-9.
- Marker RJ, Stephenson JL, Kluger BM, Curran-Everett D, Maluf KS. Modulation of intracortical inhibition in response to acute psychosocial stress is impaired among individuals with chronic neck pain. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2014;76(3):249-56.
- Shahidi B, Sannes T, Laudenslager M, Maluf KS. Cardiovascular responses to an acute psychological stressor are associated with the cortisol awakening response in individuals with chronic neck pain. Physiology and Behavior. 2015;150:93-98.
- Shahidi B, Curran-Everett D, Maluf KS. Psychosocial, physical, and neurophysiological risk factors for chronic neck pain: a prospective inception cohort study. Journal of Pain. 2015;16(12):1288-99.
- Shahidi B, Maluf KS. Adaptations in evoked pain sensitivity and conditioned pain modulation after development of chronic neck pain. Biomedical Research International. 2017;8985398.
- Marker RJ, Campeau S, Maluf KS. Psychosocial stress alters the strength of reticulospinal input to the human upper trapezius. 2017; 117(1):457-466.
- Kittelson A, George SZ, Maluf KS, Stevens-Lapsley JL. Future directions in painful knee osteoarthritis: harnessing complexity in a heterogeneous population. Physical Therapy. 2014; 94(3):422-32.
- Umeda M, Corbin LW, Maluf KS. Preliminary investigation of absent nociceptive flexion reflex responses among more symptomatic women with fibromyalgia syndrome. Rheumatology International. 2013;33(9):2365-72.
- Shahidi B, Haight A, Maluf KS. Differential effects of mental concentration and acute psychosocial stress on cervical muscle activity and posture. Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology. 2013;23(5):1082-9.
- Bruflat AK, Balter JE, McGuire D, Fethke NB, Maluf KS. Stress management as an adjunct to physical therapy for chronic neck pain. Physical Therapy. 2012;92(10):1348-59.