Directors & Staff
The Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Research & Education Center opened with a 2-day event, May 11-12, 2007. Our Center programs advance the goals of the Department of Health Science, the College of Health & Human Development, and the University by providing an exemplary learning environment for students, conducting cutting-edge research that has contributed to the scientific knowledge base related to fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions, and creating a strong bridge between CSUF and surrounding communities through its direct service programming and outreach activities. The Center also creates an atmosphere of inquiry and collaboration through its research activities. A diverse group of faculty, staff, and students (from Health Science, Kinesiology, Nursing, Psychology, Gerontology, and Sociology) are engaged in the conduct of intra- and interdisciplinary research that continues to advance our understanding and treatment of fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions. Basic and applied research projects are conducted in the Center laboratory facilities as well as the surrounding community. Finally, the Center serves an important outreach function through its continuing education programs and workshops, FM and chronic pain support group, and solution-based consulting and evaluation services provided by faculty, staff, and students associated with the Center.
Jordan Keith Aquino, MPH, is Full-time Lecturer in Public Health Practice in the Department of Health Science, and Director of the Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Center at California State University, Fullerton. His research focuses on exploring the physical and cognitive statuses of older adults living with and without a chronic pain condition (i.e., fibromyalgia); he is also interested in substance misuse/abuse and LGBTQ issues. Mr. Aquino has served as Co-Investigator and Project Director of a 10-year longitudinal study having trained and worked with over 200 undergraduate and graduate students across multiple disciplines. Mr. Aquino has previously worked as Research & Program Manager for the National Fibromyalgia Association, a non-profit organization, a Clinical Research Coordinator Assistant at Apex Research Institute, and served on the Editorial Staff for the Californian Journal of Health Promotion. Mr. Aquino received his BS in Health Science (minor in Chemistry) and MPH in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention both from California State University, Fullerton. He was also a Visiting Scholar at Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai (2008 MHIRT program), Thailand; the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health (2011-2012 MTPCCR program); and the University of Michigan School of Medicine, Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center (2012-2013 CSU Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral program).
Immediate Past Director
Jessie Jones, PhD is the Assistant Vice President for Academic and Community Partnerships. In the past she has served as Interim Dean of the College of Health & Human Development, Immediate Past Chair of the Department of Health Science, Director of the Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Research & Education Center, and past Director for both the Center for Successful Aging and the Ruby Gerontology Center at California State University, Fullerton. Her research focuses on community health needs of older adults and integrative approaches to the promotion of health and management of chronic pain, especially among people with fibromyalgia. She has served as PI or Co-PI on several extramurally funded studies and educational projects. Most recently she is PI of the FAME Project: Fibromyalgia Assessment, Management, and Education.
Director of Research
Dr. Jennifer Trevitt is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Cal State Fullerton. Professor Trevitt is a trained neuroscientist with more than a decade of experience conducting behavioral research relating to motor disorders. Currently she is interested in examining the impact of diet, stress, and exercise on anxiety and learning. Dr. Trevitt has considerable experience teaching physiological psychology, directing a psychology laboratory and supervising both undergraduate and graduate students in their thesis and honors projects at Cal State Fullerton. In addition, she has taught undergraduate biology at the University of California, Irvine and undergraduate physiological psychology at the University of Connecticut.
Director of Program Development
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Sue Ingebretson is a writer, speaker and the director of program development for the Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Research & Education Center at California State University, Fullerton. Her book, FibroWHYalgia, (Spring, 2010) details her own journey from illness to wellness. Ingebretson’s writing has appeared in the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) online and print magazine, FibromyalgiaAware. Sue is also featured in the NFA’s Public Service Announcement, The Science Behind Fibromyalgia.