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PICH Advisory

The PICH Advisory Committee represents a wealth of experience that has accumulated from leading PICH for over 15 years as a training organization dedicated to supporting trainees in paediatric pain research. Using their extensive pediatric pain research backgrounds and collaborative experiences from holding leadership roles at the local, national, and international level, PICH Advisory members provide input on the ongoing activities of PICH and provide insight regarding new strategic directions for the organization.


Dr. Christine Chambers is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children’s Pain and Professor in the Departments of Paediatrics 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. Chambers’ research lab is based in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at the IWK Health Centre. She has published over 125 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 paediatric 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). 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 the Assistant Director of the new North American Pain School, is 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.

Dr. Kenneth Craig’s research focuses upon pain assessment, nonverbal communication, socialization of individual differences in pain experience and expression, social parameters of care delivery and pain in infants, children and people with communication limitations.  His work is published in better than 200 articles in scholarly journals and volumes and books. His current research is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. At the University of British Columbia, he has served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Director of the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology and presently is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Pain Research & Management and the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science. Honours have included appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada, an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) from Dalhousie University, status as a CIHR Senior Investigator, the Canada Council I. W. Killam Research Fellowship, the Canadian Pain Society Distinguished Career Award, the Canadian Psychological Association Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Science and the American Pain Society Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy in Children’s Pain Relief.  He has served as President of the Canadian Pain Society and the Canadian Psychological Association.  

Dr. Allen Finley is a paediatric anesthesiologist who has worked for almost 30 years in pain research and management. He is Professor of Anesthesia and Psychology at Dalhousie University, and holds the inaugural Dr. Stewart Wenning Chair in Pediatric Pain Management at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. He has published over 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals (http://tinyurl.com/gaf-cits) and has lectured widely, with more than 290 invited presentations on six continents. He started the PEDIATRIC-PAIN email discussion list in 1993, bringing together pain researchers and clinicians from over 40 countries. His own research and educational projects have taken him to Jordan, Thailand, China, Brazil, and elsewhere. His main interest is pain service development and advocacy for improved pain care for children around the world, and he is Board Chair of the ChildKind International Initiative (http://childkindinternational.org).

In 2016 he was elected to the Executive of the International Association for the Study of Pain as Treasurer, an exciting opportunity to be part of the promotion of pain science and pain care around the world.

The Centre for Pediatric Pain Research website is at http://pediatric-pain.ca.

Dr. Ruth Grunau. (Bio coming soon!)

Dr. Celeste Johnston is Emeritus Professor in the Ingram School of Nursing at McGill University, Montreal and Scientist at the IWK Health Centre, Halifax. She has associate appointments at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and Ste. Justine’s Hospital, Montreal. She is past-President of the Canadian Pain Society, past-Secretary of the Special Interest Group for Pain in Children of International Association for the Study of Pain and was elected Councilor to that association in 2008-2014. While at McGill, she held a James McGill Chair 2002-2009, when she retired in January 2010. She was Associate Director of Nursing for Research and directed the PhD program. She is the recipient of several awards for her research on pain in infants including, among others, the American Pain Society Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy for Pain Relief in Children, the Distinguished Career Award and the Mentorship Award of the Canadian Pain Society, the Pat Award for mentorship from International Pediatric Pain Forum  and Canadian Nurses Association Centennial Award. Her research, funded mostly by Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is focused on measurement and non-pharmacological management of pain in pre-term neonates, animal models of neonatal pain, and changing health-care professionals’ practices related to pain management for infants.

Dr. Bonnie Stevens, RN, PhD, is a professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the Associate Chief Nursing Research and a Senior Scientist in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program at SickKids. She is also the Director of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain, the Co-Director of the Pain Centre at SickKids, and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Stevens has held a Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Premier’s Research Excellence Award from the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology. She has received the Dr. Mary Ellen Jeans Lectureship Award from the Canadian Pain Society, The Mayday Society and Fellowship Award and the American Pain Society’s Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy in Children’s Pain Relief. She has over 200 published papers and abstracts and is the co-editor of the “Oxford Textbook of Pain in Children” (Oxford University Press) and “Pain in Neonates and Infants” (Elsevier).