Landrew Sevel, M.S.


Landrew Sevel, M.S., is a doctoral candidate completing coursework through the Medical/Health track. He works under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Robinson in the Center for Pain Research and Behavioral Health. Previously, he attended Bowling Green State University where he received degrees in psychology (BA) and music performance (BM).

Research and Academic Focus

Landrew’s research interests focus on the modulation of pain and the neural systems that subserve these processes. His current research focuses on identifying functional and structural interactions among neural populations that are altered by or during pain modulation via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Landrew has received extensive training in MRI analyses (general linear modeling, connectivity, and machine learning approaches) and neurobiological aspects of pain processing His dissertation investigates the central changes that co-occur with the training of endogenous pain modulatory capacity. He is also interested in the assessment of the psychometric properties and utility of pain neuroimaging techniques.


Sevel, L.S., Letzen, J.E., Craggs, J.G., Price, D.D. & Robinson, M.E. (2015). Interhemispheric Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex Connectivity Associated with Individual Differences in Pain Sensitivity. Brain Connectivity (In Press).

Robinson, M.,Boissoneault, J., Sevel, L., Letzen, J. & Staud, R. (2016). How Base Rates Can Impact the Predictive Value of Brain Imaging Biomarkers for The Diagnosis of Chronic Pain Conditions Journal of Pain (In Press). Letzen, J., Boissoneault, J., Sevel, L. & Robinson, M (2015). Test-retest Reliability of Pain-Related Functional Brain Connectivity Compared to Self-Report. Pain (In Press).

Sevel, L.S., Craggs, G., Price, D.D., Staud, R., & Robinson, M.E.  (2015). Placebo Analgesia Enhances Descending Pain-Related Effective Connectivity: A dynamic causal modeling study of endogenous pain modulation. Journal of Pain, 16(8), 760-768.

Sevel, L.S., O’Shea, A.M., Letzen, J.E., Craggs, J.G., Price, D.D. & Robinson, M.E. (2015). Effective Connectivity Predicts Future Placebo Response: A dynamic causal modeling study of pain processing healthy controls. NeuroImage, 110, 87-94.

Letzen, J. E., Sevel, L. S., Gay, C. W., O’Shea, A. M., Craggs, J. G., Price, D. D., & Robinson, M. E. (2014). Test-Retest Reliability of Pain-Related Brain Activity in Healthy Controls Undergoing Experimental Thermal Pain. Journal of Pain, 10 (15), 1008-1014.

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association

International Association for the Study of Pain

American Pain Society