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photo Hailey W. Bulls, PhD

General Internal Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-692-2666

Office: 230 McKee Place
Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-2666
Administrative Assistant:
Genevieve Daniels
Phone: 412-383-0627
Education and Training
BS, University of Florida, 2010
MA, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2015
PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2017
Predoctoral Internship, James A. Haley VA, 2017
Postdoctoral Fellowship (Behavioral Oncology), Moffitt Cancer Center, 2019
Research Interest
Broadly, Dr. Bulls’ current research focuses on 1) mitigating the impact of opioid stigma on cancer patients with pain; 2) early identification cancer patients at risk for pain and neuropathy, with an emphasis on health equity; and 3) novel behavioral interventions to better manage pain. She was recently selected for the Clinical and Translational Science Scholars Program (KL2) in support of this research. Dr. Bulls also evaluates experimental models of pain sensitivity and modulation using actigraphy and quantitative sensory testing.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Bulls' clinical interest is in cognitive & behavioral interventions for pain management and associated health behaviors (e.g., sleep, physical activity). She is particularly interested in pain arising from lifesaving medications, such as chemotherapy or anti-retroviral medications. Dr. Bulls sees patients one day per week at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.
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Selected Publications:
Bulls, H.W., Hoogland, A.I., Craig, D., Paice, J., Chang, Y.D., Oberoi-Jassal, R., Rajasekhara, S., Haas, M., Bobonis, M., Gonzalez, B.D., Portman, D., Jim, H.S.L. Cancer and opioids: patient experiences with stigma (COPES) – a pilot study. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2019; 57(4): 1619.
Bulls, H.W., Hoogland, A.I., Kennedy, B., James, B.W., Arboleda, B.L., Apte, S., Chon, H.S., Small, B.J., Gonzalez, B.D., Jim, H.S.L. A longitudinal examination of associations between age and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in patients with gynecologic cancer. Gynecologic Oncology. 2018; 152(2): 310-315.
Bulls, H.W.*, Owens, M.A.*, Trost, Z., Terry, S.C., Gossett, E.W., Wesson-Sides, K.M., Goodin, B.R. An examination of pain catastrophizing and endogenous pain modulatory processes in adults with chronic low back pain. Pain Medicine. 2018; 17(8): 1452-1464.
Bulls, H.W.*, Lynch, M.K.*, Petrov, M.E., Owens, M.A., Terry, S.C., Gossett, E.W., Wesson-Sides, K.M., Goodin, B.R. Depressive symptoms and sleep efficiency mediate racial differences in temporal summation of mechanical pain. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2017; 51(5): 673-682.
Bulls, H.W., Goodin, B.R., McNew, M., Gossett, E, Bradley, L.A. Minority aging and endogenous pain facilitatory processes. Pain Medicine. 2015; 17(6): 1037-1048.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Developing an intervention to address opioid stigma in cancer survivors: formative work
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Agency for Drug Abuse
Grant Number: UG1 DA049436
Start Year: 2020
End Year: 2021
Notable Achievements
NIH/NCI Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program Award, 2018-2020
Moffitt Scientific Symposium Oral Presentation Award, Population Science, 2019
Travel Award, International Association for the Study of Pain, 2018
Young Investigator Travel Award, American Pain Society, 2016, 2018