Stuart is the director of Pain Imaging at the University of Birmingham and a Reader in Psychology. His current work involves both theoretical and empirical research on the nature of pain. In particular, Stuart is examining the possible causes of a rising incidence of pain and somatic illness in the absence of identifiable pathology and in the context of improving health and longevity. Consequently, his research abuts psychology, cognitive science, and philosophical ethics. He is Associate Editor of Pain and winner of the 2012 American Psychosomatic Society MacLean award for outstanding neuroscience research in psychosomatic medicine.