Faculty

One of the most important components of the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research is our world-class faculty. They bring a unique source of expertise in pediatric pain from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, anaesthesia, and nursing. We pride ourselves on providing a superior training environment for the next generation of researchers in pediatric pain. There are numerous research training opportunities available in our Centre for students at all levels (e.g., undergraduate, medical resident, graduate, and postdoctoral) and in a variety of degree programs at Dalhousie University (e.g., Clinical Psychology PhD program, Interdisciplinary PhD Program, masters and PhD programs in Nursing). A brief description of each of our core Centre faculty appears below. Each faculty members leads their own research team and program. You can learn more about each faculty member’s team and research program by clicking on their name to visit their individual research pages.

Marsha Campbell-Yeo, PhD, NNP-BC RN

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Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo, a certified neonatal nurse practitioner, is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, Dalhousie University and a Clinician Scientist at the IWK Health Centre (cross appointment in the Department of Pediatrics). Dr. Campbell-Yeo’s program of research, primarily funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, examines the effectiveness of maternally-led interventions to improve outcomes in at risk newborns specifically related to pain, stress and neurodevelopment. Dr. Campbell-Yeo has expertise in multi-site randomized controlled clinical trials and mixed methods. Her projects are interdisciplinary in nature and she has ongoing collaborations with nurses, neonatologists, psychologists, epidemiologists, obstetricians, and pharmacists. She has been the recipient of numerous training awards most notably a CIHR fellowship. To visit Dr. Campbell-Yeo’s page, please click here.

Christine T. Chambers, PhD, RPsych

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Dr. Christine Chambers is a clinical psychologist and Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience (with cross-appointments in Anesthesia, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine and Psychiatry), and former Canada Research Chair in Pain and Child Health (Tier 2, 2004-2014) at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her research lab is based in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at the IWK Health Centre. Dr. Chambers’ research examines developmental, psychological, and social influences on children’s pain, with a focus on family factors in pediatric pain and pain measurement in children. Her research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She is the recipient of career awards from numerous organizations, including the International Association for the Study of Pain’s (IASP) Ulf Lindblom Young Investigator Award, given to an individual under the age of 40 who has made significant contributions to clinical pain research. Dr. Chambers has served on the executive committees of the Society of Pediatric Psychology and the Canadian Pain Society, is an Associate Editor for PAIN and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, and was a Mayday Pain and Society Fellow (2012-13). She currently serves as the Scientific Officer for the CIHR Psychosocial, Sociocultural & Behavioural Determinants of Health Peer Review Committee. Dr. Chambers is a member of the Scientific Program Committee for the IASP’s World Congress on Pain in Buenos Aires in 2014 and is an elected Council Member for the IASP Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood (2014-2019). Dr. Chambers was recently identified as one of the top 10 most productive women clinical psychology professors in Canada. She is also the proud mother of 4 young children. To visit Chambers’ page, please click here.

Jill Chorney, PhD, RPsych

Jill_Chorney Dr. Jill MacLaren Chorney is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Dalhousie University and a Clinical Psychologist with the Complex Pain Team at the IWK Health Centre. Dr. Chorney’s research interests are in the areas of perioperative care and psychosocial influences on children’s acute and chronic pain. Dr. Chorney’s research projects are interdisciplinary in nature and she has ongoing collaborations with anesthesiologists, surgeons, nurses, child life specialists, and healthcare administrators. Her research has been recognized with awards from the American Psychological Association and the Society for Pediatric Psychology and she currently holds funding from the United States’ National Institutes of Health to examine adult influences on children’s postoperative pain. To visit Dr. Chorney’s page, please click here.

Allen Finley, MD, FRCPC, FAAP

Allen Dr. Allen Finley is a pediatric anesthesiologist who has worked for 20 years in pain research and management. He is a Professor of Anesthesia and Psychology at Dalhousie University, and Medical Director of Pediatric Pain Management at IWK Health Centre in Halifax. He has published over 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has lectured widely, with more than 180 invited presentations on six continents. He started the PEDIATRIC-PAIN e-mail discussion list in 1993, bringing together pain researchers and clinicians from over 40 countries. His own research and educational projects have recently taken him to Jordan, Thailand, China, Brazil, and elsewhere. His focus is advocacy for improved pain management for children in both developing and developed countries. To visit Dr. Finley’s page, please click here. 

Margot Latimer, RN, PhD

Margot_Latimer Dr Margot Latimer’s program of research has developed in the areas of pediatric pain and nurses’ work life. As a nurse and researcher she has practiced in a children’s health centre environment and collaborated on research relevant to the care of ill children and their families. Dr Latimer’s research has focused on understanding how we support health care professionals in their work to provide optimum care. Within this mandate she has pursued research questions exploring the translation and effective uptake of knowledge, collaborative interdisciplinary practices and better care for children in pain. Dr Latimer has used both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to explore these interesting questions. She has received research training in the CIHR Pain in Child Health Strategic Training program and the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist programs. Dr Latimer’s post doctoral research will extend our understanding of clinician’s empathy for children’s pain using advanced technology such as functional magnetic imaging. Our Centre is exploring new and innovative ways to support clinicians to use their expert knowledge to help reduce kid’s pain. To visit Dr. Latimer’s page, please click here.

Patrick McGrath, OC, PhD, FRSC

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Dr. Patrick McGrath a clinical psychologist, is Vice President Research at the IWK Health Centre and Canada Research Chair and Professor of Psychology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Dalhousie University. He leads the Pain in Child Health Strategic training program that unites research trainees from around the world. His research on pain in child health has spanned a wide range of studies on measurement and psychosocial interventions in many different types of pain in infants, children and youth. He is a coeditor of the textbook, Pain in Neonates and Infants. His research has been recognized by being made an Officer of the Order of Canada and numerous other awards. He has published over 200 journal articles, 100 editorials, abstracts and comments, 50 book chapters, and 13 books. To visit Dr. McGrath’s page, please click here.