It Doesn't Have to Hurt


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.

We recognize and value diversity and equity and follow best practices for the inclusion of diverse and underrepresented populations to ensure that individuals feel valued, respected, and equally supported.

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


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Perri Tutelman

PhD Student, Clinical Psychology

(902) 470-6759

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 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

Nicole is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University. Her research is focused on procedural pain in pediatric populations, interventions for procedural pain management, and knowledge translation. Nicole is supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canadian Graduate Scholarship and a Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship award.

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LeAnne Revell

Research in Medicine Student

(902) 470 6759

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 using quantitative sensory testing with children. Alexandra is supported by the Faculty of Medicine Dr. Philip Cole RIM Fund.


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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, 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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Brittany Cormier

Research Coordinator

(902) 470-6769

Brittany is a research coordinator at the IWK Health Centre supporting several different research projects in the lab, including that of PhD student, Perri Tutelman, on her research studying pain in childhood cancer survivors.

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Emma is a research administrative assistant at the IWK Health Centre. She works with us on a variety of different research projects.


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Zara Forbrigger

Research Assistant

Zara is a research assistant who 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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Kelly Hayton

Research Consultant

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


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Dr. Melanie Barwick

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Dr. Jackie Bender

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Dr. Katelynn Boerner

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Dr. Fiona Campbell

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Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo

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

Risk and Resilience Study
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Leota Dickey

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Emily Drake

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Erica Ehm

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Dr. Conrad Fernandez

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Dr. Allen Finley

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Dr. Ran Goldman

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Dr. Gregory Guilcher

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Dr. Lauren Heathcote

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Karen Irwin

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Dr. Lindsay Jibb

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Dr. Alfhid Larson

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Dr. Margot Latimer

Parenting with Chronic Pain Study
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Chantal LeBlanc

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Dr. Mary Lynch

Risk and Resilience Study
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Heather MacNeil

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Dr. Meghan McMurtry

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Dr. Jeffrey Mogil

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Dr. Paul Nathan

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Dr. Melanie Noel

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Dr. Kathryn O'Hara

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Dr. Lukas Propper

Parenting with Chronic Pain Study
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Dr. Natalie Rosen

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

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Dr. Simon Sherry

Risk and Resilience Study
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Dr. Bonnie Stevens

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Dr. Jennifer Stinson

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Dr. Anna Taddio

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Dr. Robin Urquhart

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Dr. Holly Witteman


Parent & Patient Partners

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Jonathan Agin


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Steven Bradley


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Cheryl Campbell


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Becky Carey

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Tammie Cleary

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Sitara de Gagne

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Jenny Doull


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Holly Gillis


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Yarrow Gillis


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Isabel Jordan


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Jennifer Langille


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Jenn Lyster

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Robert MacCormick


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Julia MacLeod

Pain in Childhood Cancer Survivors
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Sue McKechnie

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Brenda Murchison


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Dawn Norman

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Calvin Pearce


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Nicole Poplar

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Sameen Rehman

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Neal Rourke


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Maya Stern

#KIDSCANCERPAIN & Pain in Childhood Cancer Survivors
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Patrick Sullivan


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Lisa Thornbury


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Shannon Williams



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Sara Cochrane

Sarah is an undergraduate student in Neuroscience at Dalhousie University.

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Sophie Girouard

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Charlotte Langley

Charlotte is an undergraduate student at Queen’s University.

Trainee Alumni

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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.

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Dr. Kristen Higgins

Former PhD Student

Kristen recently graduated with her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University.

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Dr. Meghan Schinkel

Former PhD Student

Dr. Schinkel recently finished her internship at BC’s Children’s Hospital.

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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

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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IWK Health Centre
Centre for Pediatric Pain Research
Dalhousie University