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Termeh M. Feinberg, PhD

Academic Title:

Post Doc Fellow

Primary Appointment:

Family & Community Medicine


East Hall, 520 W. Lombard St, 2nd Floor

Education and Training

  • Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, Individualized: Public Wellness Strategies/Minor: Business Administration, BS, 2009
  • West Chester University, West Chester, PA, MPH: Community Health, 2011
  • Sage School (formerly EarthWise Herb School), Philadelphia, PA, Community Herbalism Foundations Certificate Course, 2010-2011
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 2014-2016
  • West Virginia University School of Public Health, Morgantown, WV, PhD: Epidemiology, 2016


Dedicated to advancing the evidence-base in the field of Complementary Health Approaches, Dr. Feinberg is an herbalism-trained epidemiologist with a focus on quality of life factors among those with chronic disease, including pain conditions. Prior employment includes integrative medicine work in non-profit, small business, and corporate settings including the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Feinberg has experience conducting primary data collection in resource-limited areas, and was also employed by the Census Bureau prior to joining the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Integrative Medicine.

As an early stage investigator, Dr. Feinberg is especially interested in evaluating the efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of complementary and integrative medicine. She held key leadership roles in her alma mater’s Delta Omega Honorary Society for Public Health chapter, strategically contributing to an unprecedented four-time National Chapter of the Year award, and has been the individual recipient of research awards at national conferences. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Inflammation, Chronic Disease, Chronic Pain, Herbal Medicine, Botanicals, Nutrition, Nutraceuticals, Community Health, Complementary Health Approaches, Disease Prevention, Integrative Medicine, Secondary Data Analysis, Survey Methodology, Clinical Trials, Health-related Quality of Life

Highlighted Publications

  • Feinberg T, Sambamoorthi U, Lilly C, Innes K.  Association of Fibromyalgia to serum levels of C-reactive protein in a large Appalachian population (Submitted).
  • Nguyen L, Feinberg T, Villers M, Montgomery C, Wen S, Wimsatt J. Pharmacokinetic profiles of a sustained-release formulation of buprenorphine in mice (Submitted).
  • Engler-Chiurazzi EB, Feinberg TM, Nguyen L, Long DL, MontgomeryC, Simpkins JW, Wimsatt JH. Assessment of a novel slow-release buprenorphine formulation on locomotor, anxiety, and nociceptive behaviors in mice (Submitted).
  • Feinberg T, Jones D, Innes K. The Complementary Health Approaches for Pain Survey (CHAPS): Design and Implementation in a clinical Appalachian patient population (In-progress).
  • Feinberg T, Lilly C, Innes K. Correlates of Complementary Health Approaches for Pain in an Appalachian Pain population (In-progress).

Awards and Affiliations

  • Leadership, National Chapter of the Year Award (consecutively awarded), Delta Omega Honorary Society for Public Health, 2013-2016
  • Travel Awards (multiple), School of Public Health, West Virginia University, 2012-2016
  • Travel Award, Frances Picciano Dietary Supplements Practicum, Office of Dietary  Supplements, National Institutes of Health, 2013
  • Travel Awards (multiple), Behavioral & Biomedical Sciences, West Virginia University
  • 3rd Place Winner for Original Research: 66th American Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences Annual National Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 2016. Nguyen L, Feinberg T, Villers M,  Montgomery C, Wen S, Wimsatt J. Pharmacokinetic profiles of a sustained-release  formulation of buprenorphine in mice.
  • People’s Choice Winner for Original Research: 27th American Herbalists Guild National Symposium, Seven Springs, PA, 2016. Feinberg T, Innes K. Herbal Supplements and Fibromyalgia in Two National Surveys: 2007 and 2012.

Grants and Contracts

T32 GM081741        Trainee, Berebbi and Simpkins (Co-PI) 2014 – 2016

Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, West Virginia University

This training grant provided rigorous pre-doctoral research training in the behavioral sciences, including analysis of behavioral neuroscience using animal and human subjects, disease-relevant clinical and translational behavioral research, and population-based behavioral research within an epidemiological framework; a grounding in the biomedical sciences, particularly as it related to behavioral research; Enhancement of quantitative skills and understanding of state-of-the-art methodology required for complex behavioral research; and, development of scientific leadership skills important to directing multidisciplinary research projects.

1R49CE002109          Project Coordinator, Jones (PI)  2014

West Virginia University Injury Control Research Center, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This statewide project translated an evidence-based tai chi physical activity program in Faith-based organizations across a state (West Virginia) ranked last in the nation for physical health, emotional health, and overall well-being. 

Previous Positions

  • 2008:  Mid-Atlantic Regional Educator, Pierre Fabre Pharmaceuticals
  • 2010:  Census Enumerator, US Census Bureau
  • 2011:  Grants and Community Health Internship, Green Tree Community Health Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2010-2012:  Dietary Supplement Sales/Education, Herbiary, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2012:  Education Data Analysis Intern, Kids Smiles non-profit, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2013:  Teaching Assistant for Graduate level courses “Epidemiology for Non-Epidemiologists” & “Clinical Trials,” West Virginia University
  • 2014:  Project Coordinator, Moving for Better Balance Initiative Community Intervention Trial, West Virginia University
  • 2014-2016:  Pre-doctoral Fellow and Project Coordinator for the Complementary Health Approaches for Pain Survey, Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences, West Virginia University