Christine T. Chambers, PhD, RPsych

Chambers2013 Dr. Christine Chambers is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children’s Pain and a Killam Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience (with cross-appointments in Anesthesia, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine, Psychiatry, and the School of Nursing) 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 155 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, patient engagement, and partnerships for 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 multiple award-winning “It Doesn’t Have to Hurt” social media initiative, in partnership with Erica Ehm’s and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She is the Assistant Director of the new North American Pain School, was the IWK/Dalhousie Centre Lead for the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP), and was a key mentor in the Pain in Child Health (PICH) training program. She is the 2018 recipient of the Merck Patients First Award for Excellence and Innovation in Patient-Centred Care, the 2017 recipient of the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centre’s Leadership Award, and the 2016 recipient of the American Pain Society’s Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy in Children’s Pain Relief. Dr. Chambers is an Institute Advisory Board (IAB) member of the CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA), a Section Editor for the European Journal of Pain, Associate Editor for PAIN and PAIN Reports, a member of the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Pain. She was the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Society of Pediatric Psychology (2015-2018) and past Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the Canadian Pain Society (2017, 2018). She was a member of the Scientific Program Committee for the IASP’s World Congress on Pain (2014, 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 (also available in French). She is an Expert Contributor for Parents Canada magazine and gives presentations for scientists, health professionals, and parents around the world. 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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