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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Tina Popov, BScN, MN

The Hospital for Sick Children
Advanced Practice Nurse
Centre for Brain & Behaviour

Research Institute
Primary Investigator
Research Institute


Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 8482
Fax: 416-813-1079

Brief Biography

Tina Popov is a Neurosurgical Advanced Practice Nurse within the Centre for Brain and Behaviour at the Hospital for Sick Children. Tina graduated with her BScN degree from the University of Toronto in 1993 and completed her masters of Nursing also at the University of Toronto in 1999. Presently, Tina is in the process of working towards her Doctorate of Philosophy at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.

Clinical Activities

In her role as an advanced practice nurse Tina provides comprehensive health care to families and children with varying neurosurgical conditions, and works collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team and her surgical affiliates to maintain a high standard of neurosurgical care and management. She pioneered the role in 1998 and has been instrumental in developing the role, contributing to its success and expanding to a four member complement.

Tina’s expertise is in providing comprehensive care to children and families with varying neurosurgical conditions within the hospital and
community settings. Clinically, one of her main areas of interest is pain and pain management for the pediatric neurosurgical patients. Tina has been a strong advocate for the pediatric neurosurgical patient in issues relating to assessment management of chronic and acute pain for this patient population. Within the clinical setting Tina has initiated many projects and initiatives addressing pain within this patient population. She has made positive strides in recognizing pain as in issue within this patient population, impacting the child’s pain experience. She has set up order sets for pain pathways, has provided in-services to her surgical affiliates and nursing peers, presented internationally on topics pertaining to pain in this patient population and has made pain management a priority. Tina is seen as a leader within the neuroscience program in regards to pain assessment and management.

Research Interests

Outside of the Clinical setting, Tina is a member of an International Research group based from a CIHR initiative that focuses on Pain in child health. Her participation within this group keeps her abreast of issues pertaining to pain in children from assessment to management and provides her opportunity to network with experts dealing with pain in children. This opportunity enhances her ability to maximize pain management within the neurosurgical patient populations.

Presently Tina is working on her Doctor of Philosophy addressing the topic of chronic pain in the pediatric hydrocephalic patient population. The title of her research is ‘The Headache Experience of Children and Adolescent with shunted hydrocephalus’. It is a mixed methods study addressing the chronic /recurrent headache experience of children with shunted hydrocephalus. The study will be the first of its kind to comprehensively address the recurrent/chronic headache experience of the child and adolescent with shunted hydrocephalus from the child’s perspective. The purpose of the study is to provide a description of the impact of recurrent headache in the child and adolescent with shunted hydrocephalus as well as to describe the nature and frequency of headache for these children and explore potential risk factors. Members of her committee include the highly esteemed Dr. Bonnie Stevens, Dr. James Drake, Dr. Patrick McGrath and Dr. Jan Angus. The anticipated completion of her doctoral work is anticipated to be Spring 2009.