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Karen G. Raphael, Ph.D.
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine
Room 301 380 Second Avenue
Fax: 212-992-7130



1977                Hofstra University                  BA      Social Sciences
1982                Hofstra University                  MA      Psychology
1984                Hofstra University                  PhD     Psychology
1988                Columbia University             MS      Epidemiology
1985-1988      Columbia University             Post-doctoral fellow in Psychiatric Epidemiology


Research Interests / Professional Overview:

  • Psychosocial and psychiatric factors in medically unexplained pain syndromes, including temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) and fibromyalgia.
  • Stress-related disorders
  • Bruxism 
  • Empirically-derived diagnostic subgrouping strategies
  • Gene x environment interactions in the pathogenesis of musculoskeletal pain conditions


Current Funding:

Principal Investigator, NIH/NIDCR R01DE018569 [2007-2013]
"Sleep Bruxism and Central Sensitization in     
Myofascial Face Pain"

Principal Investigator, NIIH/NIDCR R34 DE022464 [2012-

"Randomized controlled clinical trial of botulinum toxin for myofascial TMJD Pain"



Pub Med Articles:

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Representative Publications:

Raphael, K.G.  et al. (2012).  Sleep bruxism and myofascial temporomandibular disorder: A laboratory-based polysomnographic investigation. Journal of the American Dental Association, 143: 1209-17. 

Raphael, K.G. (2011). External validity and psychiatric disorder exclusions in orofacial pain clinical trials. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, 38: 785-9. 

Raphael, K.G., Widom, C.S. (2011). Post-traumatic stress disorder moderates the relation between documented child abuse and pain 30 years later. Pain. 152: 163-169.

 Raphael, K.G., Janal, M.N., Ananthan, S., Cook, DB, Staud, R. (2009). Temporal summation of heat pain in temporomandibular disorder patients.  Journal of Orofacial Pain. 23: 54-64

Lavigne, G.J., Khoury, S., Abe, S., Yamaguchi, T., Raphael, K. (2008). Bruxism physiology and pathology: an overview for clinicians. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation. 35:476-494.

Janal, M.N., Raphael, K.G., Nayak, S., Klausner, J.J. (2008). Prevalence of myofascial temporomandibular disorder in U.S. community women. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation.35: 801-809.

Janal, M.N., Raphael, K.G., Klausner, J., Teaford, M. (2007). The role of bruxism in the maintenance of  myofascial face pain: A test of alternate models. Pain Medicine. 8:486-496

Raphael KG, Janal MN, Nayak SA, Gallagher RM, Schwartz JE. (2006) Psychiatric comorbidities in a community sample of women with fibromyalgia. Pain, 124:117-125.

Raphael KG, Janal MN, Nayak SA, Gallagher RM, Schwartz JE. Familial aggregation of depression in fibromyalgia: a community-based test of alternate hypotheses. Pain 2004;110:449-460.

Raphael KG, Marbach JJ, Klausner JJ, Teaford MF, Fischoff DK. Is bruxism severity a predictor of oral splint efficacy in patients with myofascial face pain? J Oral Rehabil 2003; 30:17-29.

Marbach JJ, Raphael KG, Janal MN, Hirschkorn-Roth R. Reliability of clinician judgments of bruxism. J Oral Rehabil 2003; 30: 13-118.

Raphael KG, Natelson BH, Janal MN, Nayak S. A community-based survey of fibromyalgia-like pain complaints following the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. Pain 2002; 100:131-9.

Raphael KG, Marbach JJ. Widespread pain and the effectiveness of oral splints in myofascial face pain. J Am Dent Assoc 2001; 132:305-16.

Raphael KG, Widom CS, Lange G. Childhood victimization and pain in adulthood: a prospective investigation. Pain 2001; 92:283-93

Raphael KG, Marbach JJ, Klausner J. Myofascial face pain. Clinical characteristics of those with regional vs. widespread pain. J Am Dent Assoc 2000; 131:161-71.

Dohrenwend BP, Raphael KG, Marbach JJ, Gallagher RM. Why is depression comorbid with chronic myofascial face pain? A family study test of alternative hypotheses. Pain 1999; 83:183-92.

Raphael KG, Marbach JJ, Gallagher RM, Dohrenwend BP. Myofascial TMD does not run in families. Pain 1999; 80:15-22.

Raphael K, Marbach JJ. Evidence-based care of musculoskeletal facial pain: implications for the clinical science of dentistry. J Am Dent Assoc 1997; 128:73-79.