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.
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.
Perri is a PhD Candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at Dalhousie University. Her research is focused on pain in children with cancer, the role of families in pain, and knowledge translation in health research. Perri is supported by an IWK Graduate Studentship.
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, and knowledge translation. She is supported by a Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship and the Research Nova Scotia – Scotia Scholars award.
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 Killam Predoctoral award, an Maritime SPOR Support Unit (MSSU) Student award, a Research Nova Scotia Scotia Scholars award, and a Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship award.
Emily is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University. Her research is focused on chronic pain in adolescents and suicidal ideation.
Analyssa is a student in the Doctor of Medicine program at Dalhousie University. Her research is focused on the relationship between national child health research funding and pediatric health outcomes in Canada.
Jennifer Parker is a Research Associate in the Chambers’ Lab in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at IWK Health. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University. Her research interests include pain and child health, knowledge translation, and patient engagement in research.
Brittany is a research coordinator in the Chambers’ Lab in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at IWK Health and supports several different research projects, including that of PhD student, Perri Tutelman, on her research studying pain in childhood cancer survivors.
Jessica is a research assistant in the Chambers’ Lab in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at IWK Health and supports several different research projects.
Justine is a part-time Research Associate at IWK Health with the #ItDoesntHaveToHurt team. She is also a Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis and the Mothering Transitions Research Program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. She is interested in sharing evidence-based information with parents to empower them to make the best choices for themselves and their children.
Isabel draws from her lived experience to provide leadership and guidance to trainees, staff, and patient partners within our program of research to support meaningful patient engagement practices and partnerships that are aligned with patient-oriented research.
Charlotte begin in our team as a volunteer and helped with a number of studies. She was later awarded an IWK Summer studentship in our lab (Summer 2020) helping to update a systematic review on the epidemiology of chronic pain in children and adolescents and now continues to work on this project as a research assistant. She is also an undergraduate student at Queen’s University.
Tonya is the executive assistant to Dr. Christine Chambers and works closely with our team.
Dr. Mohammadi is a postdoctoral fellow in the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Rehabilitation Research Lab at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Caes is a Lecturer of Psychology in the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Division of Psychology at the University of Stirling, UK.
Dr. Coulombe is a clinical psychologist at the IWK Health Centre.
Dr. King is an Associate Professor at Mount Saint Vincent University and a coordinator of their School Psychology Program.
Kristen recently graduated with her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University.
Dr. Schinkel recently finished her internship at BC’s Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Boerner is a postdoctoral fellow at BC Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Birnie is a clinical psychologist at Alberta Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary and Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute. She leads the Partnering for Pain research lab. She is also the Associate Scientific Director of Solutions for the Kids Pain (SKIP)
Dr. Petter is a clinical psychologist working in private practice in Ontario.
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. Moon is a clinical psychologist at BC Children’s Hospital in the Medical Psychology Program.
Dr. Banstra is a pediatric psychologist and the program director of the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Intensive Feeding Program in Michigan.
Dr. McMurtry is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph and leads the Pediatric Pain, Health, and Communication Lab.
Dr. Uman is a psychologist at the IWK Community Mental Health and Addictions clinic and the IWK Health Centre’s Complex Pain team.
Dr. Stanford is a member of the Medical Psychology team at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.
Rebecca is a school psychologist working in Nova Scotia.
Tessa is a Speech-Language Pathologist and a Provincial Trainer with the Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) Program at the IWK Health Centre.
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 Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience & Pediatrics and at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her research team is based in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at the IWK Health Centre. Her award-winning work spans research, training, knowledge translation, and advocacy.