It Doesn't Have to Hurt


Our research team consists of trainees and staff 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.

Our work spans knowledge generation (e.g., lab-based studies, surveys), synthesis (e.g., systematic review), and translation (e.g., policy, practice).

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Leading the Charge

Dr. Christine Chambers

Dr. Christine Chambers

Recent Awards


Dr. Chambers is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children’s Pain and a Killam Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. She is the Scientific Director of a national knowledge mobilization network with over 100 partners, Solutions for Kids in Pain/Solutions pour la douleur chez l’enfant (SKIP). Dr. Chambers is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Her research focuses on the role of psychological and family factors in children’s pain. Dr. Chambers is the Principal Investigator of the #ItDoesntHaveToHurt social media initiative, in partnership with Erica Ehm’s

Dr. Chambers is the recipient of many awards, including the Merck Patients First Award for Excellence and Innovation in Patient-Centred Care, the American Pain Society’s Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy in Children’s Pain Relief and the Canadian Pain Society & Canadian Pain Coalition’s Pain Awareness Award. She is an Institute Advisory Board (IAB) member of the CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA), an Associate Editor for PAIN and PAIN Reports, and an elected Council Member for the IASP Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood.

Dr. Chambers was a Mayday Pain and Society Fellow. She is a leader in the use of social media for knowledge translation and patient engagement. She gave a TEDx talk on children’s pain and developed a YouTube video for parents about how to manage needle pain. She is an Expert Contributor for Parents Canada magazine and gives presentations for scientists, health professionals, and parents around the world.

She is deeply committed to training. Dr. Chambers is the Assistant Director of the North American Pain School and has won awards for excellence in graduate supervision and mentorship.

Dr. Chambers was identified as one of the top 10 most productive women clinical psychology professors in Canada. She is also the proud mother of 4 children.

Watch a video interview about about her work using social media.

Watch a video interview about her appointment to the Royal Society of Canada.




Dr. Chambers and her team have published over 155 peer-reviewed papers. For a list of her publications, please see Google Scholar and PubMed

Contact us for a copy of any of these papers.

Recent Awards

President’s Excellence in Research Award, Research Impact, Dalhousie University (2018)

Patients First Award for Excellence and Innovation in Patient-Centred Care, Merck Canada (2018)

Outstanding Pain Mentorship Award, Canadian Pain Society (2018)

Leadership Award (Individual), Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (in recognition of outstanding leadership by an individual who has dedicated his or her career to improving the health and well-being of children and youth in Canada through health promotion, policy initiatives and/or increased public awareness) (2017)

Research Award, IWK Health Centre (in recognition of innovation, creativity and outstanding achievement in research activities conducted and/or supported at the IWK (2017)

First Prize, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health Talks Video Competition, 3 Ways to Instantly Relieve your Baby’s Pain (created as part of the #ItDoesntHaveToHurt Initiative) (2017)

Gold Medal Winner, Best Online Campaign, Canadian Online Publishers Award (2016)

Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision, Dalhousie University (2016)

Pain Awareness Award, Canadian Pain Society & Canadian Pain Coalition (2016)

Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy in Children’s Pain Relief, American Pain Society (2016)

IWK/Dalhousie University Department of Pediatrics Research Award (2015)

Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis Women of Excellence Award in Education and Research (2012)

International Association for the Study of Pain, Ulf Lindblom Young Investigator Award for Clinical Science (2010)

Canadian Psychological Association, Clinical Psychology Section, Scientist-Practitioner Early Career Award (2010)

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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. Our team is also supported by many highly-skilled full and part-time staff.

We offer a rich and innovative environment where trainees are mentored in cutting-edge research that is being generated, synthesized and translated to improve children’s pain. We recruit and maintain a world-class group of trainees who are passionate about conducting research that makes a difference in children’s lives.

IWK Health Centre
Centre for Pediatric Pain Research
Dalhousie University