It Doesn't Have to Hurt

Team

Our research team consists of trainees (undergraduate students, graduate students, medical residents, and fellows) and staff (research assistants, coordinators, and associates) who work together with parents and other stakeholders to tackle the problem of poorly managed pain in children. We collaborate with a wide range of researchers across Canada and around the world who bring complementary expertise and experience.

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Join Our Team

We provide training opportunities for students from different disciplines and at different stages of training, including postdoctoral fellows, PhD students (primarily in clinical psychology), masters students, honours/undergraduate students, as well as medical students and residents.

If you are interested in joining our team please contact Dr. Chambers directly to discuss opportunities.

Trainees


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Somayyeh is post-doctoral fellow at the IWK Health Centre. Her research interests are in the area of chronic pain and chronic illness and their impact on the physical and psychological well-being of patients and their family members. Somayyeh is funded by the John J. Bonica Training Fellowship from the International Association for the Study of Pain.

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Meghan Schinkel

PhD Student, Clinical Psychology

Meghan.Schinkel@dal.ca

Meghan is a PhD student Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University. Her research is focused on the influence of siblings on children’s pain experiences. Meghan was funded by a CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship and a NSHRF Scotia Scholars award.

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Kristen Higgins

PhD Student, Clinical Psychology

(902) 470-6759

Kristen.Higgins@dal.ca

Kristen is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University. Her research is focused on the risk and protective factors in children whose parents have chronic pain. Kristen is funded by a CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship, a Killam Predoctoral Scholarship, an NSHRF Scotia Scholars award, and Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit award.

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Perri Tutelman

PhD Student, Clinical Psychology

(902) 470-6759

PTutelman@dal.ca

Perri is a PhD in the Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University. Her research is focused on pain in children with cancer, childhood cancer survivors, the role of families in pain, and knowledge translation. Perri is supported by a CIHR Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

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Yvonne Brandelli

PhD Student, Clinical Psychology

Yvonne.Brandelli@dal.ca

Yvonne is a PhD student Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University. Her research is focused on  juvenile arthritis-related pain, family factors associated with the experience of pain in pediatric chronic illness, psychological and self-management interventions for pain management, and knowledge translation. She is supported by a PhD Salary award from The Arthritis Society and an award from the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit.

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LeAnne Revell

Research in Medicine Student

(902) 470 6759

LeAnne.Revell@dal.ca

LeAnne is a Dalhousie Medical School student and conducts research as part of the Research In Medicine (RIM) program. Her research is focused on parent/child and health care professional perspectives on the implementation of a technology for pain management. LeAnne is funded by the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation Cresco Summer Studentship.

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Dawood Almatar

Undergraduate Honours Student

dw373160@dal.ca

Dawood is an undergraduate honours student in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University. His research is focused on sex differences in pain perception in adolescents.

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Abbey Burns

Undergraduate Honours Student

Abbey is an undergraduate honours student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. Her research is focused on medical fears in children and parents.

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Prathana Nathan

Undergraduate Honours Student

(902) 470 6759

pr397806@dal.ca

Prathana is an undergraduate honours student in the Medical Sciences Program at Dalhousie University. Her research is focused on parent’s pain management strategies and needs during their child’s blood draw.

Staff


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Jennifer is a Research Associate at the IWK Health Centre and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University. She has interests in pain and child health, knowledge translation, and implementation science.

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Justine is a research manager at the IWK Health Centre and manages the #ItDoesntHaveToHurt initiative. She is also a full-time PhD student in Health at Dalhousie University. Justine is interested in empowering parents with the best evidence-based information to ensure the best care for their children, both in Canada and internationally.

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Caitlin Murphy

Research Coordinator

(902) 470-6769

Caitlin.Murphy@iwk.nshealth.ca

Caitlin is a research coordinator at the IWK Health Centre. She is the site coordinator for a longitudinal study assessing young children’s psychological and behavioural well being after hospitalization in the pediatric intensive care unit.

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Kaitlyn MacPhee

Research Assistant

Kaitlyn is a research assistant at the IWK Health Centre working on Kristen Higgins’ project focused on children whose parents have chronic pain.

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Chelsie Howie

Research Coordinator

Chelsea is a research assistant at the IWK Health Centre working on Kristen Higgins’ project focused on children whose parents have chronic pain.

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Kelly Hayton

Research Consultant

Kelly.Hayton@iwk.nshealth.ca

Kelly is a Research Consultant and works on special projects.

Volunteers


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Meghan Breckon

Meghan is an  undergraduate student in Medical Sciences at Dalhousie University.

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Katelyn Clements

Katelyn is an undergraduate student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University.

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Kaitlin Coker

Kaitlin is an undergraduate student in the Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience and Sociology at Dalhousie University.

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Alyssa Dickinson

Alyssa is an undergraduate student at Dalhousie University.

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Grayson Gould

Grayson is an undergraduate student in Medical Sciences at Dalhousie University.

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Elias Habib

Elias is an undergraduate student at Dalhousie University.

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Braeden Jennings

Braeden is an undergraduate student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University.

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Christy Laarakker

Christy is a Therapeutic Recreation undergraduate student at Dalhousie University.

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Hannah McDonald

Hannah is an undergraduate student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University.

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Kaylee McDonald

Kaylee is a Neuroscience undergraduate student at Dalhousie University.

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Jastina Mehendrarajah

Jastina is an undergraduate student in  Medical Sciences at Dalhousie University.

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Justin Mehendrarajah

Justin is a Bachelor of Science undergraduate student at Dalhousie University.

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Fareeha Quraishi

Fareeha is an undergraduate student at Dalhousie University.

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Qendresa Sahiti

Qendresa is an undergraduate student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University.

Trainee Alumni


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Dr. Line Caes

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Caes is a Lecturer of Psychology in the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Division of Psychology at the University of Stirling, UK.

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Dr. Aimée Coulombe

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Coulombe is a clinical psychologist at the IWK Health Centre.

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Dr. Sara King

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. King is an Associate Professor at Mount Saint Vincent University and a coordinator of their School Psychology Program.

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Dr. Katelynn Boerner

Former PhD Student

Dr. Boerner is a postdoctoral fellow at BC Children’s Hospital.

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Dr. Katie Birnie

Former PhD student

Dr. Birnie is a clinical and health psychologist and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children.

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Dr. Mark Petter

Former PhD student

Dr. Petter is a clinical psychologist working in private practice in Ontario.

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Dr. Melanie Noel

Former PhD student

Dr. Noel is a clinical psychologist, an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, and a full member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute. She leads the Alberta Children’s Pain Research lab.

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Dr. Erin Moon

Former PhD student

Dr. Moon is a clinical psychologist at BC Children’s Hospital in the Medical Psychology Program.

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Dr. Nancy Bandstra

Former PhD student

Dr. Banstra is a pediatric psychologist and the program director of the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Intensive Feeding Program in Michigan.

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Dr. Meghan McMurty

Former PhD student

Dr. McMurtry is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph and leads the Pediatric Pain, Health, and Communication Lab.

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Dr. Lindsay Uman

Former PhD student

Dr. Uman is a psychologist at the IWK Community Mental Health and Addictions clinic and the IWK Health Centre’s Complex Pain team.

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Dr. Elizabeth (Job) Stanford

Former PhD student

Dr. Stanford is a member of the Medical Psychology team at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.

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Rebecca MacNevin

Former Masters student

Rebecca is a school psychologist working in Nova Scotia.

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Tessa (Craig) Dennis

Former Masters student

Tessa is a speech-language pathologist working in Nova Scotia.

Funding & Support

We are grateful for the following funding and support:

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Leading the Charge

Dr. Christine Chambers

Dr. Christine Chambers

Dr. Chambers is an international leader in the study of children’s pain. She holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children's Pain and is a Killam Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She and her research team are based in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at the IWK Health Centre. Her award-winning work spans research, training, knowledge translation, and advocacy.

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