Skip to main content

Spine Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory

Dr. Shahidi is an assistant professor with a clinical background in orthopedic rehabilitation for chronic spine pain. Her research focuses on understanding tissue specific, neurophysiological and psychosocial contributions to the development and maintenance of spine pain and pathology. Her lab uses biological, physiological and imaging-based tools to evaluate patient symptoms, tissue adaptability and treatment outcomes. She is particularly interested in how interactions between psychology and physiology influence success with conservative and surgical management of chronic spine pain. Current projects include:

  • Characterizing cellular mechanisms underlying muscle degeneration in individuals with lumbar spine pathology
  • Measuring interactions between brain networks, pain processing, and spine injury in Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Evaluating the influence of analgesic medications on tissue recovery in response to rehabilitation in individuals with low back pain
  • Using non-invasive novel imaging tools to predict tissue recovery in response to surgery or rehabilitation in individuals with spine pain and pathology


Shahidi B, Johnson CL, Curran-Everett D, Maluf KS. Reliability and group differences in quantitative cervicothoracic measures among individuals with and without chronic neck pain. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2012 Oct 31;13:215. doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-13-215. PubMed PMID: 23114092; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3564937.
Shahidi B, Haight A, Maluf K. Differential effects of mental concentration and acute psychosocial stress on cervical muscle activity and posture. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2013 Oct;23(5):1082-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2013.05.009. Epub 2013 Jun 22. PubMed PMID: 23800438; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4968934.
Shahidi B, Sannes T, Laudenslager M, Maluf KS. Cardiovascular responses to an acute psychological stressor are associated with the cortisol awakening response in individuals with chronic neck pain. Physiol Behav. 2015 Oct 15;150:93-8. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2015.02.010. Epub 2015 Feb 7. PubMed PMID: 25662023; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4529395.
Shahidi B, Curran-Everett D, Maluf KS. Psychosocial, Physical, and Neurophysiological Risk Factors for Chronic Neck Pain: A Prospective Inception Cohort Study. J Pain. 2015 Dec;16(12):1288-1299. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2015.09.002. Epub 2015 Sep 21. PubMed PMID: 26400680; NIHMSID:NIHMS725127.

View all publications
Bahar Shahidi, P.T., Ph.D.


Bahar Shahidi, PT, PhD
Associate Professor in Residence
UC San Diego School of Medicine
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0863
La Jolla, CA 92093-0863

Office: (858) 822-0439
Fax: (858) 822-3807
Web: UCSD Research Profile