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Pain In Child Health (PICH)

PICH Sub-Committee

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. 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.