Thaddeus WW Pace, PhD

Assistant Professor, Nursing
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Phone Number: 
(520) 626-3520
Professional Bio: 

Dr. Pace is a biological psychologist with a primary interest in translational mind-body science in the context of stress, illness, and wellness. A major focus of his work today is the biology of wellness in cancer survivors, particularly women who have experienced breast cancer. He is especially interested in the development of novel intervention programs that target mind-body biological pathways, including endocrine and inflammatory immune systems.

Dr. Pace has 11+ years of experience measuring markers of the stress response, including key inflammatory biomarkers (e.g. interleukin-6 and nuclear factor-κB), and 7 years of experience with effectiveness research for different meditation programs. Besides the development of compassion meditation for breast cancer survivors, he is also keenly interested in the potential of natural products to reverse inflammation-associated fatigue experienced by breast cancer survivors.

Dr. Pace's research is supported by several NIH grants, including an R21 from NCI to explore the effectiveness of curcumin to attenuate inflammation and fatigue in survivors of breast cancer

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Prevention and Control
Research Focus: 

Endocrine and immune system changes in stress-related psychiatric illness
Endocrine and inflammatory immune alterations as a result of adverse early life trauma
Novel contemplative interventions to optimize psychological, inflammatory immune, and endocrine responses to stress
Novel, natural anti-inflammatory compounds such as curcumin to promote health and wellness

Selected Publications: 

Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 
2013-Present   Member, University of Arizona, Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, AZ
2013-Present   Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, Department of Psychiatry, Tucson, AZ
2013-Present   Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, College of Nursing, Tucson, AZ
2007- 2013     Neuroscience Faculty, Emory University, Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Atlanta, GA
2007- 2013     Member, Emory University, Emory Winship Cancer Institute, Atlanta, GA
2006- 2012     Assistant Professor, Emory University, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Atlanta, GA
2006- 2006     Adjunct Instructor, Spelman College, Department of Psychology, Atlanta, GA
2014    40 under 40 Honoree, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Daily Star
2012    Fellow, Poptech Science
2008    Professional Development Award, President's Commission for LGBT Concerns, Emory University
2006    Travel Award, Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society
1998    Psychobiology Award, Albright College
Other Experience and Professional Memberships/Affiliations: 
2011-Present   Member, American Psychosomatic Society
2010-Present   Member, American Psychological Association
2005-Present   Member, Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society
2005-Present   Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Academic Information

Post Doctoral: 
Stress Immunology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Psychology/ Neuroscience, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO
Undergraduate School: 
BS, Psychobiology, Albright College, Reading, PA