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The Royal Society of Canada welcomes Dr. Christine Chambers to its College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

Posted by The Faculty of Science on September 28, 2015 in Research
Dr. Christine Chambers (right) with patient Monica Brown in 2014. (Danny Abriel photo)
Dr. Christine Chambers (right) with patient Monica Brown in 2014. (Danny Abriel photo)

On September 22, Dr. Christine Chambers—jointly-appointed in the faculties of Medicine and Science—was named to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Dr. Christine Chambers has taken an interdisciplinary approach to examining developmental, psychological, and social influences on children's pain. Her work as a researcher and clinical psychologist in the area of pediatric pain management and assessment has led to international recognition.

Pain, describes Chambers, is a “complex biological and psychological experience that is generally poorly understood by health professionals and the public.”

Based in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at the IWK Health Centre, Dr. Chambers’ work focuses on how parents and families factor into pain management in children.

“I am deeply honoured to be included amongst this diverse and impressive group of new scholars and leaders from across Canada,” says Dr. Chambers.

Passionate about communicating scientific findings, Dr. Chambers’ tireless efforts to get pain management information into the hands of parents don’t go unnoticed. She’s one of five Dal researchers who has completed a Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship—an initiative specifically supporting the communication and awareness building around pain research.

Most recently, Chambers and collaborators launched a Canada-wide social media campaign called It Doesn’t Have to Hurt.

 “We know that it generally takes 17 years for research findings to change patient care,” says Chambers. “Through the It Doesn’t Have to Hurt initiative, we want to make a more immediate difference in the area of pediatric pain management—for the sake of parents and their kids.”

Two faculty members within the Fauclty of Arts and Social Sciences were also named to the RSC College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Read about them on Dal News.