Dr. Bulls is a licensed clinical psychologist, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, and Associate Director of the CHAllenges in Managing and Preventing Pain (CHAMPP) clinical research center. She is an NIH-funded clinician investigator, including an NCI K08 award. Her current research focuses on mitigating the impact of opioid stigma on cancer patients with pain with an emphasis on health equity; early identification cancer patients at risk for pain and neuropathy; and novel behavioral interventions to better manage pain. Dr. Bulls also evaluates experimental models of pain sensitivity and modulation using actigraphy and quantitative sensory testing. Recent honors include an honorable mention for the NIH HEAL Director’s Trailblazer Award and acceptance to the SBM Monica Baskin Diversity Institute for Emerging Leaders.
Dr. Bulls is an active #AcademicTwitter user: follow her at @hwbulls. Outside of the office, she enjoys home renovation projects, kickboxing, eating soup dumplings, solving crossword puzzles, and cheering on the Florida Gators.
Education & Training
- BS (Psychology), University of Florida, 2010
- MA (Medical/Clinical Psychology), University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2015
- PhD (Medical/Clinical Psychology), University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2017
- Predoctoral Internship, James A. Haley VA, 2017
- Postdoctoral Fellowship (Behavioral Oncology), Moffitt Cancer Center, 2019
Bulls HW, Hamm M, Wasilko R, de Abril Cameron F, Belin S, Goodin BR, Liebschutz JM, Wozniak A, Sabik LM, Schenker Y, Merlin JS. "I refused to get addicted to opioids": Exploring attitudes about addiction in patients with advanced cancer pain and their support people. Journal of Pain. 2023, S1526-5900(23)00023-8.
Bulls HW, Hamm M, Wasilko R, de Abril Cameron F, Belin S, Goodin BR, Liebschutz JM, Wozniak A, Sabik L, Merlin JS, Schenker Y. Manifestations of opioid stigma in patients with advanced cancer: Perspectives from patients and their support providers. JCO Oncol Pract. 2022, 18(10):e1594-e1602.
Bulls HW, Chu E, Goodin BR, Liebschutz JM, Wozniak A, Schenker Y, Merlin JS. Framework for opioid stigma in cancer pain. Pain. 2022, 163(2):e182-e189.
Bulls HW, Bell LF, Orris SR, Goodin BR, Liebschutz JM, Wozniak A, Merlin JS, Schenker Y. Exemptions to state laws regulating opioid prescribing for patients with cancer-related pain: A summary. Cancer. 2021, 127(17):3137-3144.
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- Cancer pain
- Pain psychology
- Behavioral medicine