Gary Rollman

Dr. Gary Rollman

Professor Emeritus - Cognitive, Developmental, and Brain Sciences


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Biographical Information

B.A. - University of Rochester, 1962
M.A. - University of Pennsylvania, 1963
Ph.D. - University of Pennsylvania, 1967

Selected Publications

Rollman, G. B. (2009). Pain: Cognitive and contextual influences. In: Goldstein, E.B. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Perception. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp. 716-720.

Rollman, G. B. (2009). Perspectives on hypervigilance. Pain, 141, 183-184.

Burgess, R. A., Thompson, R. T., & Rollman, G. B. (2008). The effect of forearm posture on wrist flexion in computer workers with chronic upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 9, 47.

Lautenbacher, S., Prager, M., & Rollman, G. B. (2007). Pain additivity, diffuse noxious inhibitory controls, and attention: A functional measurement analysis. Somatosensory and Motor Research, 24, 189-201.

Moulin, D. E., Clark, A. J., Gilron, I., Ware, M. A., Watson, C. P. N., Sessle, B. J., Coderre, T., Morley-Forster, P. K., Stinson, J., Boulanger, A., Peng, P., Finley, G. A., Taenzer, P., Squire, P., Dion, D., Cholkan, A., Gilani, A., Gordon, A., Henry, J., Jovey, R., Lynch, M., Mailis-Gagnon, A., Panju, A., Rollman, G. B., & Velly, A. (2007). Pharmacologic management of chronic neuropathic pain – Consensus statement and guidelines from the Canadian Pain Society. Pain Research and Management, 12, 13-21.

Rollman, G. B. (2006). Sex differences in pain, Parkhurst Exchange, 14, 25-26.

Shupak, N. M., McKay, J. C., Nielson, W. R., Rollman, G. B., Prato, F. S., & Thomas, A. W. (2006). Exposure to a specific pulsed low frequency magnetic field: A double-blind placebo-controlled study of effects on pain ratings in rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia patients. Pain Research and Management, 11, 85-90.

Rollman, G. B. (2005). The need for ecological validity in studies of pain and ethnicity. Pain, 113, 3-4.

Rollman, G. B. & Gillespie, J. M. (2004). Disturbances in pain perception in temporomandibular pain syndrome. In: Lautenbacher, S. and Fillingim, R.B. (Eds.), Pathophysiology of pain perception. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic/Plenum, pp. 107-118.

Rollman, G. B., Abdel-Shaheed, J., Gillespie, J. M., & Jones, K. S. (2004). Does past pain influence current pain: Biological and psychosocial models of sex differences. European Journal of Pain, 8, 427-433.

Jones, D. A., Rollman, G. B., White, K. P., Hill, M. L., & Brooke, R. I. (2003). The relationship between cognitive appraisal, affect, and catastrophizing in chronic pain patients. Journal of Pain, 4, 267-277.

Rollman, G. B. (2003). Ethnocultural variations in the experience of pain. In: Hadjistavropoulos, T. and Craig, K.D. (Eds.), Pain: Psychological perspectives. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, pp. 155-178.

Rollman, G. B. (2003). Sex makes a difference: Experimental and clinical pain responses. Clinical Journal of Pain, 19, 204-207.

Rollman, G. B. (2003). Guest Editor, Special Topic Series: Sex, Gender, and Pain. Clinical Journal of Pain, 19, 203-239.

Main, C. J., Keefe, F. J., & Rollman, G. B. (2002). Psychological assessment and treatment of the pain patient for the general clinician. In: M.A. Giamberardino (Ed.), Pain 2002 – An updated review. Seattle: IASP Press, pp. 281-301.

Rollman, G. B. & Lautenbacher, S. (2001). Sex differences in musculoskeletal pain. Clinical Journal of Pain, 17, 20-24.

Kramer, J. F., Potter, P., Harburn, K. L., Speechley, M., Rollman, G. B., & Evans, D. (2001). An upper body musculoskeletal assessment instrument for clients with work-related musculoskeletal disorder: A pilot study. Journal of Hand Therapy, 14, 115-121.

Rollman, G. B., Lautenbacher, S., & Jones, K. S. (2000). Sex and gender differences in responses to experimentally induced pain in humans. In: R. B. Fillingim (Ed.), Sex, gender and pain. Seattle: IASP Press, pp. 165-190.

Rollman, G. B. & Gillespie, J. M. (2000). The role of psychosocial factors in temporomandibular disorders. Current Review of Pain, 4, 71-81.

Rollman, G. B. & Hapidou, E. G. (1999). Reproductive hormones and the modulation of muscle pain. Pain, 83, 113-114.

Rollman, G. B. (1999). Competent treatment in the absence of a universal definition of pain. Pain Forum, 8, 103-105.

Craig, J. C. & Rollman, G. B. (1999). Somesthesis. Annual Review of Psychology, 50, 305-331.

Lautenbacher, S. & Rollman, G. B. (1999). Somatization, hypochondriasis, and related conditions. In: A. R. Block, E. F. Kremer, and E. Fernandez (Eds.), Handbook of pain syndromes: Biopsychosocial perspectives. Hillsdale: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 613-632.

Hapidou, E. G. & Rollman, G. B. (1998). Menstrual cycle modulation of tender points. Pain, 77, 151-161.

Rollman, G. B. (1998). Culture and pain. In: S. S. Kazarian and D. R. Evans (Eds.). Cultural clinical psychology: Theory, research, and practice. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 267-286.

Lautenbacher, S. & Rollman, G. B. (1997). Possible deficiencies of pain modulation in fibromyalgia. Clinical Journal of Pain, 13, 189-196.

Jones, D. A., Rollman, G. B., & Brooke, R. A. (1997). The cortisol response to psychological stress in temporomandibular dysfunction. Pain, 72, 171-182.

Rollman, G. B. (1997). Sex differences in pain do exist: The role of biological and psychosocial factors. The Behavioural and Brain Sciences, 20, 464-465.

McDermid, A. J., Rollman, G. B., & McCain, G. A. (1996). Generalized hypervigilance in fibromyalgia: Evidence of perceptual amplification. Pain, 66, 133-144.

Rollman, G. B. (1995). Gender differences in pain: The role of anxiety. Pain Forum, 4, 331-334.

Tunks, E., McCain, G. M., Hart, L. E., Teasell, R. W., Goldsmith, C., Rollman, G. B., McDermid, A. J., & DeShane, P. J. (1995). The reliability of examination for tenderness in patients with myofascial pain, chronic fibromyalgia and controls. Journal of Rheumatology, 22, 944-952.

Lautenbacher, S., Rollman, G. B., & McCain, G. A. (1994). Multi-method assessment of experimental and clinical pain in patients with fibromyalgia. Pain, 59, 45-53.

Rollman, G. B. & Lautenbacher, S. (1993). Sex differences and biological rhythms affecting pain responsiveness. Pain, 55, 277.

Lautenbacher, S. & Rollman, G. B. (1993). Sex differences in responsiveness to painful and non-painful stimuli are dependent upon the stimulation method. Pain, 53, 255-264.

Rollman, G. B. & Lautenbacher, S. (1993). Hypervigilance effects in fibromyalgia: Pain experience and pain perception. In H. Vaeroy & H. Merskey (Eds.), Progress in fibromyalgia and myofascial pain. Amsterdam: Elsevier, pp. 149-159.

Rollman, G. B. (1992). Cognitive effects in pain and pain judgments. In D. Algom (Ed.), Psychophysical approaches to cognition. Amsterdam: North-Holland, pp. 515-574.

Schnurr, R. F., Rollman, G. B., & Brooke, R. I. (1991).  Reply to Dr. Owen's comments.  Pain, 46, 115-116.

Schnurr, R. F., Rollman, G. B., & Brooke, R. I. (1991). Are there psychologic predictors of treatment outcome in temporomandibular joint pain and dysfunction? Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, 72, 550-558.

Rollman, G. B. (1991). Pain responsiveness. In: M. A. Heller & W. Schiff, (Eds.), The psychology of touch. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 91-114.

Higashiyama, A. & Rollman, G. B. (1991). Perceived locus and intensity of electrocutaneous stimulation. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 38, 679-686.

Hapidou, E. G. & Rollman, G. B. (1991). Relationships between primary fibromyalgia and menstrual life: Provocative parallels. In A. M. Voda, & R. Conover,(Eds.), Menopause, Premenstrual syndrome, Menstruation: Clinical and Social Implications. Scottsdale, AZ: Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, pp. 409-421.

Schnurr, R. F., Brooke, R. I., & Rollman, G. B. (1990). Psychosocial correlates of temporomandibular joint pain and dysfunction. Pain, 42, 153-165.

Scudds, R. A., McCain, G. A., Rollman, G. B., & Harth, M. (1989). Improvements in pain responsiveness in patients with fibrositis after successful treatment with amitriptyline. Journal of Rheumatology, 16 (Supplement 19), 98-103.

Rollman, G. B. (1989). Measurement of pain in fibromyalgia in the clinic and laboratory. Journal of Rheumatology, 16 (Supplement 19), 113-119.

Scudds, R. A., Rollman, G. B., Harth, M., & McCain, G. A. (1987). Pain perception and personality measures as discriminators in the classification of fibrositis. Journal of Rheumatology, 14, 563-569.

Rollman, G. B. & Harris, G. (1987). The detectability, discriminability, and perceived magnitude of painful electrical shock. Perception and Psychophysics, 42, 257-268.

Rollman, G. B. (1985).  Sensory events with variable central latencies provide inaccurate clocks.  The Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 8, 551-552.

Harris, G. & Rollman, G. B. (1985). Cognitive techniques for controlling pain: Generality and individual differences. In H. L. Fields, R. Dubner, & F. Cervero (Eds.), Advances in pain research and therapy, Vol. 9. New York: Raven Press, pp. 847-851.

Coderre, T. J. & Rollman, G. B. (1984). Stress analgesia: Effects of PCPA, yohimbine, and naloxone. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 21, 681-686.

Harris, G. & Rollman, G. B. (1983). The validity of experimental pain measures. Pain, 17, 369-376.

Coderre, T. J. & Rollman, G. B. (1983). Naloxone hyperalgesia and stress-induced analgesia in rats. Life Sciences, 32, 2139-2146.

Rollman, G. B. (1983). Measurement of experimental pain in chronic pain patients: Methodological and individual factors. In R. Melzack (Ed.), Pain measurement and assessment. New York: Raven Press, pp. 251-258.

Rollman, G. B. (1983). Multiple subjective representations of experimental pain. In J. J. Bonica, U. Lindblom, & A. Iggo (Eds.), Advances in pain research and therapy, Vol. 5. New York: Raven Press, pp. 865-869.

Rollman, G. B. (1982). The timing of mental activities with non-visual stimuli. The Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 5, 276-281.

Rollman, G. B. (1980). On the utility of signal detection theory pain measures. Pain, 9, 375-379.

Mills, L. & Rollman, G. B. (1980). Hemispheric asymmetry for auditory perception of temporal order. Neuropsychologia, 18, 41-47.

Rollman, G. B. (1979). Signal detection theory pain measures: Empirical validation studies and adaptation-level effects. Pain, 6, 9-21.

Mills, L. & Rollman, G. B. (1979). Left hemisphere selectivity for processing duration in normal subjects. Brain and Language, 7, 320-335.

Rollman, G. B. (1979). Adaptation-level effects in the rating of acute pain. In J. J. Bonica, J. C. Liebeskind, & D. G. Albe-Fessard (Eds.), Advances in pain research and therapy, Vol. 3, New York: Raven Press, pp. 825-829.

Rollman, G. B. (1977). Signal detection theory measurement of pain: A review and critique. Pain, 3, 187-211.

Rollman, G. B. (1976). Signal detection theory assessment of pain modulation: A critique. In J. J. Bonica and D. Albe-Fessard (Eds.), Advances in pain research and therapy, Vol. 1, New York: Raven Press, pp. 355-362.

Rollman, G. B. (1975). Behavioral assessment of peripheral nerve function. Neurology, 25, 339-342.

Rollman, G. B. (1974). Electrocutaneous stimulation. In F. A. Geldard (Ed.), Cutaneous communication systems and devices, Austin, Texas: Psychonomic Society, pp. 38-51.

Rollman, G. B. (1974). Detection of tactile pulses. Perception and Psychophysics, 16, 291-294.

Rollman, G. B. (1973). Tactile stimulation: Psychophysical studies of receptor function. Perception and Psychophysics, 13, 81-86.

Rollman, G. B. & Nachmias, J. (1972). Simultaneous detection and recognition of chromatic flashes. Perception and Psychophysics, 12, 309-314.

Rollman, G. B. (1969). Perception à la mode. (Review of R. N. Haber (Ed.), Contemporary theory and research in visual perception). Contemporary Psychology, 14, 276-278.

Rollman, G. B. (1969). Detection models: Experimental tests with electrocutaneous stimuli. Perception and Psychophysics, 5, 377-380.

Rollman, G. B. (1969). Electrocutaneous stimulation: Psychometric functions and temporal integration. Perception and Psychophysics, 5, 289-293.

Rollman, G. B. (1968). Psychophysical detection of electrocutaneous pulses. Doctoral dissertation, University of Pennsylvania. (University Microfilms No. 68-9231.)

Onley, J. W., Klingberg, C. L., Dainoff, M. J., & Rollman, G. B. (1963). Quantitative estimates of saturation. Journal of the Optical Society of America, 53, 487-493.


Work in this laboratory emphasizes behavioral studies of pain measurement and pain control in humans. In some instances, the pain is experimentally induced by noxious electrical, thermal, or mechanical stimuli. In others, the pain is due to acute or chronic pain conditions in hospital, dental clinic, and community settings. Psychophysical techniques are used to study individual differences (particularly those related to the observer's sex), the effects of endogenous pain on responsiveness to induced pain, sensory and affective components of the pain experience, models of central inhibition and plasticity, and temporal summation. More clinical studies include neuroendocrine indices of stress and psychosocial measures of affect and coping. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between experimental models of pain modulation and issues in the assessment and management of clinical pain disorders.