Dr. FaurotTitles

Assistant Professor
Assistant Director, Program on Integrative Medicine


PhD: Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
MPH: Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005
Physician Assistant Certificate: Wake Forest University, 1980


  • Dietary supplement epidemiology and measurement
  • Integrative health interventions for chronic pain and disability
  • Research education in integrative health
  • Gerontology


1R01AT007813-01A1: Nutrition for Migraine Prevention
Funding Agency: UNC-Chapel Hill Clinical and Translational Research Center / National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Role: Project manager (PI: J. Douglas Mann, MD, UNC Neurology/PM&R)

PR141560: Nutrition for Post-traumatic Headache
Funding agency: Henry Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine
Role: Co-Investigator (PIs: Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, MD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; J. Douglas Mann, MD, UNC Neurology/PM&R; Christopher Ramsden, MD, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Nutritional Neurosciences Laboratory)

Chronic Lumbosacral Radiculopathy: Impact of an analgesic dietary intervention on pain and function
Funding Agency: North American Spine Society/Mayday Foundation
Role: Co-investigator (PI: Kevin Carneiro, MD)

Promoting Positive Mental Health for Youth and Caregivers in Southeast Raleigh through Mindfulness-based Training: A Collaborative Planning Project
Funding Agency: John Rex Endowment
Role: Co-investigator (PI: Susan Gaylord, PhD)


Quantitative Methods for Healthcare Professionals, PUBH 741
Quantitative Methods in Clinical Research, DPET 831
Evidence-based Medicine I & II, PASC 736, PASC 806

Recent Publications

Dietary Supplement Epidemiology:

Faurot KR, Siega-Riz A, Gardiner PM, Rivera JO, Young LA, Whitsel EA, Gonzalez HM, Chirinos-Medina DA, Talavera GA, Castañeda SF, Daviglus ML, Barnhart J, Giacinto RE, Van Horn L. Comparison of a medication inventory and a dietary supplement interview in assessing dietary supplement use in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Integr Med Insights. 2016 Feb 16; 11:1-10. doi: 10.4137/IMI.S25587.

Young LA, Faurot KR, Gaylord SA. Use of and communication about dietary supplements among hospitalized patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2009 Mar;24(3):366-9.

Faurot KR, Filipelli AC, Poole C, Gardiner PM. Patterns of Variation in Botanical Supplement Use among Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. Epidemiolgy-Open Access. 2016;5(3).

Dietary Interventions for the Treatment of Chronic Pain:

MacIntosh BA, Ramsden CE, Faurot KR, Zamora D, Mangan M, Hibbeln JR, Mann JD. Low-n-6 and low-n-6 plus high-n-3 diets for use in clinical research. Br J Nutr. 2013 Aug 28;110(3):559-68.

Ramsden CE, Faurot KR, Zamora D, Suchindran CM, Macintosh BA, Gaylord S, Ringel A, Hibbeln JR, Feldstein AE, Mori TA, Barden A, Lynch C, Coble R, Mas E, Palsson O, Barrow DA, Mann JD. Targeted alteration of dietary n-3 and n-6 fatty acids for the treatment of chronic headaches: a randomized trial. Pain. 2013 Nov;154(11):2441-51.

Ramsden CE, Faurot KR, Zamora D, Palsson OS, MacIntosh BA, Gaylord S, Taha AY, Rapoport SI, Hibbeln JR, Davis JM, Mann JD. Targeted alterations in dietary n-3 and n-6 fatty acids improve life functioning and reduce psychological distress among patients with chronic headache: a secondary analysis of a randomized trial. Pain. 2015 Apr;156(4):587-96.

Control of Confounding by Frailty:

Faurot KR, Jonsson Funk M, Pate V, Brookhart MA, Patrick A, Hanson LC, Castillo WC, Stürmer T. Using claims data to predict dependency in activities of daily living as a proxy for frailty. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2015 Jan;24(1):59-66.

Integrative Health Research:

Campo RA, Leniek K, Gaylord-Scott N, Faurot KR, Smith S, Asher G, Porterfield D & Gaylord S. Weathering the seasons of cancer survivorship: Mind-body therapy use and reported reasons and outcomes by stages of cancer survivorship. Supportive Care in Cancer. 2016.

Garland EL, Kiken LG, Faurot K, Palsson O, Gaylord SA. Upward spirals of mindfulness and reappraisal: Testing the mindfulness-to-meaning theory with autoregressive latent trajectory modeling. Cog Ther Res. 2016. DOI 10.1007/s1068-016-9768-y.

Bluth K, Roberson PNE, Gaylord S, Faurot KR, Grewen KM, Arzon S, Girdler SS. Does self-compassion protect adolescents from stress? J Child Fam Stud. 2016. Doi: 10.1007/s10826-015-0307-3.

Garland EL, Gaylord SA, Palsson O, Faurot K, Douglas Mann J, Whitehead WE. Therapeutic mechanisms of a mindfulness-based treatment for IBS: effects on visceral sensitivity, catastrophizing, and affective processing of pain sensations. J Behav Med. 2012; 35(6): 591-602. Doi: 10.1007/s10865-011.

Curtis P, Gaylord SA, Park JB, Faurot KR, Coble R, Suchindran C, Coeytaux RR, Wilkinson L, Mann JD. Credibility of low-strength static magnet therapy as an attention control intervention for a randomized controlled study of CranioSacral therapy for migraine headaches. J Altern Complement Med. 2011; 17(8): 711-21.

Gaylord SA, Palsson OS, Garland EL, Faurot KR, Coble RS, Mann JD, Frey W, Leniek K, Whitehead WE. Mindfulness training reduces the severity of irritable bowel syndrome in women: results of a randomized controlled trial. Am J Gastroenterol. 2011;106: 1678-1688.

Gaylord SA, Whitehead WE, Coble RS,
Faurot KR, Palsson OS, Garland EL, Frey W, Mann JD. Mindfulness for irritable bowel syndrome: protocol development for a controlled clinical trial. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2009 Jul 28;9:24.

Ramsden CE, Mann JD, Faurot KR, Lynch C, Imam ST, MacIntosh BA, Hibbeln JR, Loewke J, Smith S, Coble R, Suchindran C, Gaylord SA. Low omega-6 vs. low omega-6 plus high omega-3 dietary intervention for chronic daily headache: protocol for a randomized clinical trial. Trials. 2011 Apr 15;12:97.

Curtis P, Gaylord SA, Park J, Faurot KR, Coble R, Suchindran C, Coeytaux RR, Wilkinson L, Mann JD. Credibility of low-strength static magnet therapy as an attention control intervention for a randomized controlled study of craniosacral therapy for migraine headaches. J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Aug;17(8):711-21.

Review and Meta-Analysis in Integrative Health:

Ramsden CE, Zamora D, Majchrzak-Hong S, Faurot KR, Broste SK, Frantz RP, Davis JM, Ringel A, Suchindran CM, Hibbeln JR. 2016. Re-evaluation of the traditional diet-heart hypothesis: analysis of recovered data from Minnesota Coronary Experiment (1968-73). BMJ 2016;353:i1246 | doi: 10.1136/bmj.i1246

Ramsden CE, Faurot KR, Carrera-Bastos P, Cordain L, De Lorgeril M, Sperling LS. Dietary fat quality and coronary heart disease prevention: a unified theory based on evolutionary, historical, global, and modern perspectives. Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2009 Aug;11(4):289-301.

Moura VL, Faurot KR, Gaylord SA, Mann JD, Sill M, Lynch C, Lee MY. Mind-body interventions for treatment of phantom limb pain in persons with amputation. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Aug;91(8):701-14.

Ramsden CE, Zamora D, Leelarthaepin B, Majchrzak-Hong SF, Faurot KR, Suchindran CM, Ringel A, Davis JM, Hibbeln JR. Use of dietary linoleic acid for secondary prevention of coronary heart disease and death: evaluation of recovered data from the Sydney Diet Heart Study and updated meta-analysis. BMJ. 2013 Feb 4;346:e8707.

Current Honors & Professional Memberships

Editorial Board, Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Guest Reviewer: American Journal of Public Health, Physical Therapy, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Disability and Rehabilitation

Member of the American Society for Nutrition, International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology, Gerontological Society of America