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Linda LeResche, ScD

Linda LeResche

Professor Emeritus, Oral Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Oral Health Sciences
Director of Research Division


Box 357480


Linda LeResche received her doctoral degree in comparative behavior from Johns Hopkins University in 1976 and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in mental disorder epidemiology, also at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Since 1983, she has been conducting NIH-funded pain research as a faculty member in the Department of Oral Medicine, where she is currently Professor. Dr. LeResche’s work has focused on behavioral and epidemiologic aspects of pain, including pain-related behavior of patients and clinicians, the epidemiology of temporomandibular disorders (TMD), studies of the reliability of clinical measures for TMD, and the development of standardized research diagnostic criteria for TMD. Her most recent research involves gender and hormonal issues related to orofacial pain.

Dr. LeResche has been a member of several NIDCR and NIH panels, most recently the National Pain Strategy Working Group on Population Research. She has been active in the American Association for Dental Research and the International Association for the Study of Pain, serving on several task forces and committees and is on the Editorial Board of the Clinical Journal of Pain. In addition to her research activities, Dr. LeResche is Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship and Faculty at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. She was a Pew Foundation National Leadership Development Fellow (1991) and was the first recipient of the Mentor of the Year Award of the Student Research Group, American Association for Dental Research (1998).

  1. LeResche L. Defining gender disparities in pain management. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2011; 469: 1871-1877.
  2. Janssens KAM, Rosmalen JGM, Ormel J, Verhulst FC, Hunfeld JAM, Mancl LA, Oldehinkel AJ, LeResche L.   Pubertal status positively predicts back pain, overtiredness and dizziness in American and Dutch adolescents. Pediatrics. 2011;128: 553-559.
  3. Turner JA, Mancl L, Huggins K, Sherman JJ, Lentz G, LeResche L. Targeting temporomandibular disorder pain treatment to hormonal fluctuations: A randomized clinical trial. Pain. 2011; 152: 2074-84.
  4. LeResche L, Epidemiology of Pain Conditions with Higher Prevalence in Women. Chapter 1 in: Chin ML, Fillingim RB, Ness T, eds. Pain in Women. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press; 2013: 3-15.
  5. LeResche L, Drangsholt MT. Temporomandibular Disorders. In: Goldman MB, Troisi R, Rexrode KM eds. Women and Health. Second Edition. Elsevier; 2013: 1367-1378.
  6. Thielke SM, Turner JA, Shortreed SM, Saunders K, LeResche L, Campbell CI, Weisner CC, Von Korff M. Do patient-perceived pros and cons of opioids predict sustained higher-dose use? Clin J Pain 2014; 30:93-101.
  7. Turner JA, Shortreed SM, Saunder KW, LeResche L, Berlin JA, Von Korff M. Optimizing prediction of back pain outcomes. Pain 2013; 154:1391-1401.
  8. LeResche L, Turner JA, Saunders K, Shortreed SM, Von Korff M. Psychophysical tests as predictors of back pain chronicity in primary care. J Pain, 2013; 14:1663-1670.
  9. Turner JA, Saunders K, Shortreed S, Rapp SE, Thielke S, LeResche L, Riddell KM, Von Korff M. Chronic opioid therapy risk reduction initiative: Impact on urine drug screening rates and results. J Gen Intern Med, 2014; 29:305-311.