Measurement and treatment of chronic pain
Sara Berger is a Research Staff Member at IBM. She received her PhD in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience from Northwestern University. At IBM, her research has focused on identifying, quantifying, and predicting changes in acute and chronic pain using neuroimaging, wearable sensors, speech, ecological momentary assessments, and machine learning techniques, with the goals of being able to better measure pain, help patients and physicians communicate more effectively, and even personalize pain treatment. She has recently broadened her scope of work to also include neuroethical considerations and guardrails in neurotech development, and she is helping develop frameworks, processes, and tools to enable researchers to think and act more proactively about the stakeholders, risks, and impacts of their work.