Christine T. Chambers, PhD, RPsych
|Dr. Christine Chambers is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children’s Pain and Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience (with cross-appointments in Anesthesia, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine and Psychiatry) at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Dr. Chambers’ research lab is based in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at the IWK Health Centre. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers on the role of developmental, psychological, and social influences on children’s pain, with a current research focus on the role of families in pediatric pain and social media for health knowledge mobilization. Her work spans knowledge generation (e.g., original studies), knowledge synthesis (e.g., systematic review, guidelines), and knowledge translation (e.g., policy, public outreach). Dr. Chambers is the Principal Investigator of the “It Doesn’t Have to Hurt” social media initiative, in partnership with Erica Ehm’s YummyMummyClub.ca, and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), as well as the “Making Cancer Less Painful for Kids” (#KidsCancerPain) campaign in partnership with the Cancer Knowledge Network, and funded by the Canadian Cancer Society. She is a key mentor in the Pain in Child Health (PICH) training program, is the centre lead for the IWK’s Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP), and is part of the Executive Committee for the new North American Pain School. She is the 2016 recipient of 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. Dr. Chambers is the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Society of Pediatric Psychology, vice-chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the Canadian Pain Society, an Associate Editor for PAIN, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. She is a member of the Scientific Program Committee for the IASP’s World Congress on Pain in Buenos Aires in 2014 and in Japan in 2016 and is an elected Council Member for the IASP Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood (2014-2019). Dr. Chambers was a Mayday Pain and Society Fellow (2012-13). She has given a TEDx talk on children’s pain and developed a YouTube video for parents about how to manage needle pain. She writes a monthly column called “Mom, PhD” for Family Matters and is an Expert Contributor for Parents Canada magazine. 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.
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