Hyochol "Brian" Ahn, PhD, RN, MSN, MS-ECE, MS-CTS, ANP-BC
Dr. Ahn received his BE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Seoul, South Korea, and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Florida. Then, he received his BS in Nursing, MS in Adult and Elderly Nursing, and PhD in Nursing from the University of Florida. In addition, during his postgraduate training at the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, he earned a Master’s degree in Clinical and Translational Science. He also earned the Graduate Certificate in Aging and Geriatric Practice at the University of Florida Institute on Aging.
Dr. Ahn’s overall research goal is to establish a program of clinical and translational research that enhances health and independence in older adults using innovative technologies to optimize pain management. He has been continuously funded since 2011 as a principal investigator, and published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles. He received a Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Grant as principal investigator for a project that examined pain and behavioral outcomes in older adults. In addition, he served as principal investigator of a project, which investigated ethnic group differences in clinical pain and experimental pain sensitivity. Moreover, he conducted a randomized controlled pilot trial that examined the efficacy of transcranial direct current stimulation through daily visit to clinic in older adults with chronic pain and demonstrated that five daily sessions of active stimulation reduced clinical and experimental pain sensitivity compared to sham stimulation. More recently, he received a Rising STAR Award from The University of Texas System to establish his Pain Assessment and Management Laboratory at UTHealth for a program of clinical and translational pain research. He has also been co-investigator on several collaborative grants on pain and aging.
Dr. Ahn has received numerous recognitions and awards, including the Early Science Investigator Award from the Southern Nursing Research Society, Research in Nursing & Health Journal Authorship Award, Interdisciplinary Primer Scholarship Award from the American Pain Society, Gerontological Society of America Minority Issues in Gerontology Committee Award, Health Equity Research Institute Faculty Scholar Award, and Excellence in Scholarship Award from the Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Theta Chapter.
Dr. Ahn is nationally certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP-BC). His areas of expertise are management of late-life health and independence (e.g. pain, neurocognitive symptoms, and psychosocial symptoms), cancer and palliative care, biobehavioral research, non-invasive brain stimulation (e.g. Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation [tDCS]), Quantitative Sensory Testing, optical neuroimaging (e.g, functional near-infrared spectroscopy [fNIRS]), health disparities, big-data analysis, biomedical/nursing informatics, and meta-analysis.