Psy.D. - Alliant International University in San Diego, CA in 2000.


Principal Investigator, Pain Research at the University of Michigan

Afton Hassett, Psy.D.
Afton Hassett is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is a graduate of Colorado State University and received her doctorate from Alliant International University in San Diego, CA in 2000. From 2002-2005, she was a Continuing Education student in Neuroscience at Princeton University – an opportunity afforded her by a K08 award from the National Institute of Mental Health. She holds an appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where from 2000-2010 she conducted research aimed at exploring the role of psychological and affective factors in chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Post Lyme Disease Syndrome. Since joining the Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center in the spring of 2010, her research has increasingly focused on targeting resilience factors such as positive affect and well-being in the functional and neurobiological outcomes of those with chronic pain. 

Recent NDB research

Walitt B, Fitzcharles MA, Hassett AL, Katz RS, Häuser W, Wolfe F. The longitudinal outcome of fibromyalgia: a study of 1555 patients. J Rheumatol. 2011; 38(10):2238-46. PubMed link
Wolfe F, Hassett AL, Katz RS, Michaud K, Walitt B. Do we need core sets of fibromyalgia domains? The assessment of fibromyalgia (and other rheumatic disorders) in clinical practice.J Rheumatol. 2011 Jun;38(6):1104-12. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.100511. PubMed link
Wolfe F, Häuser W, Hassett AL, Katz RS, Walitt BT. The development of fibromyalgia--I: examination of rates and predictors in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Pain. 2011 Feb;152(2):291-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2010.09.027. PubMed link
Wolfe F, Hassett AL, Walitt B, Michaud K. Mortality in fibromyalgia: a study of 8,186 patients over thirty-five years. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2011 Jan;63(1):94-101. doi: 10.1002/acr.20301. PubMed link