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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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 student 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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Nicole MacKenzie

PhD Student, Clinical Psychology

NMacKenzie@dal.ca

Nicole is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University.

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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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Alexandra Reda

Research In Medicine (RIM) Student

Alexandra is a Dalhousie Medical School student and conducts research as part of the Research In Medicine (RIM) program. Her research is focused on pain in survivors of childhood cancer. Alexandra is supported by the Faculty of Medicine Dr. Philip Cole RIM Fund.

Staff


Dr. Jennifer Parker photo

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, patient engagement, 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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Emma Cameron

Research Administrative Assistant

902-470-6906

Emma.Cameron2@iwk.nshealth.ca

Emma is a research administrative assistant at the IWK Health Centre. She works with PhD student, Perri Tutelman, on her research studying pain in childhood cancer survivors and is also 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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Jill Taylor

Research Assistant

Jill an undergraduate student in Biology from Acadia University who will be working with us as a research assistant on several projects for her a co-operative learning work placement. She will be partially supported by Biotalent Canada’s Student Work-Integrated Learning Program.

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Kelly Hayton

Research Consultant

Kelly.Hayton@iwk.nshealth.ca

Kelly is a research consultant and works with us on special projects.

Collaborators


Dr. Melanie Barwick photo

Dr. Melanie Barwick

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT & #KIDSCANCERPAIN
Dr. Jackie Bender photo

Dr. Jackie Bender

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT
Dr. Katelynn Boerner photo

Dr. Katelynn Boerner

B-Positive
Dr. Fiona Campbell photo

Dr. Fiona Campbell

#KIDSCANCERPAIN & #ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT
Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo photo

Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT & Risk and Resilience Study
Dr. Alexander J. Clark photo

Dr. Alexander J. Clark

Risk and Resilience Study
Leota Dickey photo

Leota Dickey

B-Positive
Emily Drake photo

Emily Drake

#KIDSCANCERPAIN
Erica Ehm photo

Erica Ehm

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT
Dr. Conrad Fernandez photo

Dr. Conrad Fernandez

#KidsCancerPain & PAIN IN CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVORS
Dr. Allen Finley photo

Dr. Allen Finley

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT
Dr. Ran Goldman photo

Dr. Ran Goldman

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT
Dr. Gregory Guilcher photo

Dr. Gregory Guilcher

PAIN IN CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVORS
Dr. Lauren Heathcote photo

Dr. Lauren Heathcote

PAIN IN CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVORS
Karen Irwin photo

Karen Irwin

#KIDSCANCERPAIN
Dr. Lindsay Jibb photo

Dr. Lindsay Jibb

#KidsCancerPain
Dr. Alfhid Larson photo

Dr. Alfhid Larson

B-Positive
Dr. Margot Latimer photo

Dr. Margot Latimer

Parenting with Chronic Pain Study
Chantal LeBlanc photo

Chantal LeBlanc

B-Positive
Dr. Mary Lynch photo

Dr. Mary Lynch

Risk and Resilience Study
Heather MacNeil photo

Heather MacNeil

B-Positive
Dr. Meghan McMurtry photo

Dr. Meghan McMurtry

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT
Dr. Jeffrey Mogil photo

Dr. Jeffrey Mogil

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT
Dr. Paul Nathan photo

Dr. Paul Nathan

#KidsCancerPain
Dr. Melanie Noel photo

Dr. Melanie Noel

PAIN IN CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVORS
Dr. Kathryn O'Hara photo

Dr. Kathryn O'Hara

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT
Dr. Lukas Propper photo

Dr. Lukas Propper

Parenting with Chronic Pain Study
Dr. Natalie Rosen photo

Dr. Natalie Rosen

Risk and Resilience Study & Parenting with Chronic Pain Study
Dr. Fiona Schulte photo

Dr. Fiona Schulte

PAIN IN CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVORS
Dr. Simon Sherry photo

Dr. Simon Sherry

Risk and Resilience Study
Dr. Bonnie Stevens photo

Dr. Bonnie Stevens

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT
Dr. Jennifer Stinson photo

Dr. Jennifer Stinson

#KIDSCANCERPAIN, #ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT, & PAIN IN CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVORS
Dr. Anna Taddio photo

Dr. Anna Taddio

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT
Dr. Robin Urquhart photo

Dr. Robin Urquhart

PAIN IN CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVORS
Dr. Holly Witteman photo

Dr. Holly Witteman

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT & #KIDSCANCERPAIN

Parent & Patient Partners


Jonathan Agin photo

Jonathan Agin

#KIDSCANCERPAIN

Steven Bradley photo

Steven Bradley

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT

Cheryl Campbell photo

Cheryl Campbell

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT

Becky Carey photo

Becky Carey

#KIDSCANCERPAIN
Tammie Cleary photo

Tammie Cleary

#KIDSCANCERPAIN
Jenny Doull photo

Jenny Doull

#KIDSCANCERPAIN

Holly Gillis photo

Holly Gillis

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT

Yarrow Gillis photo

Yarrow Gillis

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT

Isabel Jordan photo

Isabel Jordan

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT

Jennifer Langille photo

Jennifer Langille

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT

Jenn Lyster photo

Jenn Lyster

#KIDSCANCERPAIN
Robert MacCormick photo

Robert MacCormick

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT

Julia MacLeod photo

Julia MacLeod

Pain in Childhood Cancer Survivors
Sue McKechnie photo

Sue McKechnie

#KIDSCANCERPAIN
Brenda Murchison photo

Brenda Murchison

#KIDSCANCERPAIN

Dawn Norman photo

Dawn Norman

#KIDSCANCERPAIN
Calvin Pearce photo

Calvin Pearce

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT

Nicole Poplar photo

Nicole Poplar

#KIDSCANCERPAIN
Sameen Rehman photo

Sameen Rehman

#KIDSCANCERPAIN
Neal Rourke photo

Neal Rourke

#KIDSCANCERPAIN

Maya Stern photo

Maya Stern

#KIDSCANCERPAIN & Pain in Childhood Cancer Survivors
Patrick Sullivan photo

Patrick Sullivan

#KIDSCANCERPAIN

Lisa Thornbury photo

Lisa Thornbury

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT

Shannon Williams photo

Shannon Williams

#ITDOESNTHAVETOHURT

Volunteers


Meghan Breckon photo

Meghan Breckon

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

Sara Cochrane photo

Sara Cochrane

Sarah is an undergraduate student in Neuroscience at Dalhousie University.

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Alyssa Dickinson

Alyssa is an undergraduate student at Dalhousie University.

Jane Girgulis photo

Jane Girgulis

Jane is an undergraduate student in Neuroscience 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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Harrison Hoa

Harrison is an undergraduate student in Psychology 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 Neuroscience undergraduate student at Dalhousie University.

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Charlotte Langley

Charlotte is an undergraduate student at Queen’s University.

Hannah McDonald photo

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.

Jastina Mahendrarajah photo

Jastina Mahendrarajah

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

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Justin Mahendrarajah

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

Fareeha Quraishi photo

Fareeha Quraishi

Fareeha is an undergraduate student at Dalhousie University.

Qendresa Sahiti photo

Qendresa Sahiti

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

Nicole Scott photo

Nicole Scott

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

Sowon Suh photo

Sowon Suh

Sowon is an undergraduate student in Neuroscience at Dalhousie University.

Annie Xu photo

Annie Xu

Annie is an undergraduate student studying Health Sciences at McMaster University.

Ross Langley photo

Ross Langley

Trainee Alumni


Dr. Somayyeh Mohammadi photo

Dr. Somayyeh Mohammadi

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Mohammadi is a postdoctoral fellow in the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Rehabilitation Research Lab at the University of British Columbia.

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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.

Dr. Katelynn Boerner photo

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.

Dr. Erin Moon photo

Dr. Erin Moon

Former PhD student

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

Dr. Nancy Bandstra photo

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.

Dr. Meghan McMurty photo

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.

Dr. Lindsay Uman photo

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.

Dr. Elizabeth (Job) Stanford photo

Dr. Elizabeth (Job) Stanford

Former PhD student

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

Rebecca MacNevin photo

Rebecca MacNevin

Former Masters student

Rebecca is a school psychologist working in Nova Scotia.

Tessa Craig photo

Tessa Craig

Former Masters student

Tessa is a Speech-Language Pathologist and a Provincial Trainer with the Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) Program at the IWK Health Centre.

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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