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PICH National Collaborators

The National Collaborators represent PICH's core team of interdisciplinary faculty from across the country that will support and help lead PICH initiatives. With representatives from nursing, psychology, paediatrics, emergency medicine, and neurobiology, our national collaborators were selected not only to diversify the disciplinary representation of our leadership, but also because of their commitment to supporting innovative paediatric pain research training and strengthening partnerships with our communities.


Dr. Melanie Noel, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Calgary and a full member of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute. Prior to launching her research lab within the Vi Riddell Children's Pain and Rehabilitation Centre at the Alberta Children's Hospital, Noel received training in paediatric psychology, in the areas of acute and chronic paediatric pain research, in Canada and the United States.

Noel’s research expertise is in the area of children’s memories for pain and co-occurring mental health issues and paediatric chronic pain. She published conceptual paediatric models of children’s pain memory development, co-occurring PTSD and chronic pain and fear-avoidance. Her current research is funded by the Society of Pediatric Psychology, the American Pain Society, CIHR, Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, and Alberta Health Services. She is a co-investigator on the Canadian Institutes of Health Research SPOR ‘Chronic Pain Network’, a cross-national group of chronic pain researchers and patients. She has published 56 papers in peer-reviewed journals. In recognition of her contributions to advancing knowledge of the psychological aspects of children’s pain, Noel was named the most recent recipient of the Canadian Pain Society Early Career Award and the Canadian Psychological Association President’s New Researcher Award.

Noel is dedicated to training the next generation of paediatric and pain psychologists. She mentors graduate and post-graduate level trainees within the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at the University of Calgary. She is an advocate for the use of developmentally tailored psychological interventions for paediatric pain management and serves on committees to assess, promote, and implement evidence-based interventions within her children’s hospital and beyond.

Dr. Jennifer Stinson is the Mary Jo Haddad Nursing Chair in Child Health and a Senior Scientist in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences (CHES) research program at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. She is also a Nurse Practitioner in the Chronic Pain Program in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at SickKids and a Professor in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Department of Paediatrics, the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto.

Stinson holds the Peter Lougheed New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and has received the Early Career Award from the Canadian Pain Society, the International Association for the Study of Pain (Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood) and Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation.

Stinson’s clinical work focuses on working with children and youth with chronic pain and their families as part of an interdisciplinary pain team in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at SickKids. Her major clinical research interests are in the area of pain and symptom management and the use of e-health (internet) and m-health (mobile phones) technologies to improve the assessment and management of pain and other symptoms in children with chronic illnesses. She is also interested in developing and evaluating novel interprofessional paediatric pain curricula for health-care professionals.


Committee Members

Dr. Krista Baerg is a Consultant Paediatrician and Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Saskatchewan. She serves as Medical Director of the Interdisciplinary Paediatric Complex Pain Clinic and co-chair of the Interprofessional Pediatric Pain Practice Council in Saskatoon. She is a member of the Chronic Pain Network and principal investigator of the Canadian Surveillance Study of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in Children and Youth.

She is also an active member of the Canadian Paediatric Society, having served on the executive and as President (2015-2017) of the Section of Community Paediatrics, the Public Education Sub-Committee, and the Action Committee for Children and Youth. Prior to entering medicine, she completed a bachelor of science in nursing and worked as a nurse in northern Canada.   

Dr. Campbell-Yeo is an Associate Professor, Certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Clinician Scientist with a cross appointment in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Perinatal-Neonatal Medicine at the IWK Health Centre. She holds grants examining maternal driven interventions to improve outcomes of medically at risk newborns specifically related to pain, stress and neurodevelopment.

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 secured over $9M in training and operating grants, published almost 40 peer reviewed papers and 100 abstracts, and contributed to a Cochrane systematic review. She is a recognized world leader with over 30 invited presentations related to the impact of maternally-led interventions on the immediate health outcomes of at-risk newborns.

She has been recognized for her contributions to the field via numerous training, leadership, and research awards. Most notably, a Canadian Institute of Health Research New Investigator Award (2016), a Canadian Pain Society Early Career Investigator Award (2015) Global Health REAL Award (2013), Excellence in Nursing Research Award, College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (2014), and Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship (2014). Her commitment to knowledge translation is shown most recently through her success in securing funding from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation in order to support ongoing dissemination of her parent-focused YouTube video entitled “Power of a Parent’s Touch.”

Dr. C. Meghan McMurtry completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS and her psychology residency at Brown University in Providence, RI in 2010. She is an Assistant Professor in the CPA-accredited Clinical Psychology program at the University of Guelph, director of the Paediatric Pain, Health, and Communication Lab, and a Clinical and Health Psychologist with the Pediatric Chronic Pain Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital. She is an Adjunct Research Professor in Paediatrics at Western University and an Associate Scientist at the Children’s Health Research Institute. McMurtry’s research and clinical interests in child health psychology focus on acute and chronic pain, medical procedure-related fear, as well as communication and family influences in these contexts. Her research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Team for Research with Adolescents and Children in Palliation and Grief, and the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. She was an evidence lead on the Help Eliminate Pain in Kids & Adults Team which recently completed a knowledge synthesis on vaccination pain across the lifespan and fear in individuals with high levels of needle fear.  

Dr. Ran Goldman. (Bio coming soon!)

Dr. Sylvie Le May is a nurse with over 20 years of diversified clinical experiences in medical-surgical nursing, intensive care nursing, emergency as well as management. After completing a master in nursing and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (clinical research) at the University of Montreal, she obtained, in 2001, a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Nursing of the same university. In 2003, she began a Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University under the supervision of Drs Celeste Johnston and Manon Choinière, which she completed in 2006. She is an active researcher at the Research Centre of the CHU Ste-Justine’s (pediatric hospital) in Montreal, Canada since 2005 and also Director for the development of nursing research since 2013. She was promoted to Full professor at the University of Montreal in 2013.

In 2009, the Quebec Health Research Funds granted her a Young Investigator (Junior-2) Salary Award to allow 75 per cent protected time for research. Her main research interests are related to the management of pain in children, particularly acute trauma and procedural pain management in the emergency department, burn care unit, and surgical care units. She is also interested by areas the development and validation of instruments for clinical outcomes. She published close to 70 articles related to pain management as well as presented to 190 meetings nationally and internationally and was an invited lecturer to 40 meetings across Canada and in Europe. She has supervised more than 20 graduate students.

Dr. Rebecca Pillai Riddell is currently the inaugural York University Research Chair in Pain and Mental Health, a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology, and Director of the Opportunities to Understand Childhood Hurt Lab (OUCH Lab).  She is also a scientific staff member in Psychiatry at the Hospital for Sick Children and holds two adjunct positions within the University of Toronto (Pharmacy, Psychiatry). Her main programs of research revolve around both clinical and basic-behavioural research studies that longitudinally study young child and caregiver behavioural responses in the acute pain context.  Her research programs are supported by all three federal research councils (CIHR, NSERC and CIHR), the Canada Foundation for Innovation and a number of provincial and private organizations. She has won career awards locally, nationally, and internationally for her research and leadership.

She is also a registered clinical psychologist with a private practice. Her private practice focuses on coping with pain in children and adults and child psychological assessment.


Dr. Tuan Trang is an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Cumming School of Medicine. His laboratory investigates the critical molecules and processes involved in pain, and how these processes can go awry to produce chronic pain. Trang and his research team are working to improve the pain-relieving effects of opioid analgesics and reduce the negative side effects associated with their use. The primary goal is to develop new, more effective pain therapies. Trang is a CIHR New Investigator and Rita Allen Foundation Scholar.