Beth Mechlin

Beth Mechlin

Professor Mechlin received a B.S. degree in psychology from The Ohio State University.  She completed a M.A. (2006) and a Ph.D. (2009) in Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  Professor Mechlin’s teaching interests include introductory psychology, biopsychology, health psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and psychopharmacology. Her primary research areas are stress and pain.  Specifically, Professor Mechlin is interested in the role different chronic stressors (such as socioeconomic status, racism, and debt) play in responses to acute stressors and the experience of pain. 


Rowell LN, Mechlin B, Ji E, Addamo M, Girdler S.  Asians differ from non-Hispanic Whites in experimental pain sensitivity.  Eur J Pain 2011, 15(7): 764 – 771.
Mechlin B, Heymen S, Edwards CL, Girdler SS.  Ethnic differences in cardiovascular-somatosensory interactions and in the central processing of noxious stimuli.  Psychophysiology 2011; 48(6): 762 – 773.  

Klatzkin RR, Mechlin B, Girdler SS.  Menstrual cycle phase does not influence gender differences in experimental pain sensitivity.  Eur J Pain 2010, 14(1): 77 – 82.  

Heymen S, Maixner W, Whitehead WE, Klatzkin R, Mechlin B, Light K.  Diffuse Noxious Inhibitory Controls (DNIC) are compromised in patients with irritable bowel syndrome compared to healthy controls.  Clin J Pain 2010; 26(2): 104 – 109.  

Grewen KM, Light KC, Mechlin MB, Girdler SS.  Ethnicity is associated with alterations in oxytocin relationships to pain sensitivity in women.  Ethnicity & Health 2008, 13(3): 219 – 241.

Klatzkin RR, Mechlin B, Bunevicius R, Girdler SS.  Race and histories of mood disorders modulate experimental pain tolerance in women.  J Pain 2007, 8(11): 861 – 868.  

Mechlin B, Morrow AL, Maixner W, Girdler SS.  The Relationship of Allopregnanolone Immunoreactivity and HPA-Axis Measures to Experimental Pain Sensitivity: Evidence for Ethnic Differences.  Pain 2007; 131(1-2): 142 - 152.

Girdler SS, Mechlin MB, Light KC, Morrow AL.  Ethnic differences in allopregnanolone concentrations in women during rest and following mental stress.  Psychophysiology 2006; 43(4): 331 – 336.  

Mechlin MB, Maixner W, Light KC, Fisher JM, Girdler SS.  African Americans show alterations in endogenous pain regulatory mechanisms and reduced pain tolerance to experimental pain procedures.  Psychsom Med 2005; 67(6): 948-956.