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Christine Chambers

Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Pain and Child Health


Related Information

Pediatric Pain Site

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Email: Christine.Chambers@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 470-7706 (lab)
Mailing Address: 
Centre for Pediatric Pain Research, IWK Health Centre, 5950/5980 University Avenue, (West; K8536) P.O. Box 9700, Halifax, NS B3K 6R8
Research Topics:
  • Health Psychology
  • Pain
  • Children
  • Families
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Media
  • Knowledge Translation

Department: Pediatrics and Psychology and Neuroscience (cross-appointments in Psychiatry and Anesthesiology)


Cross Appointments

Department of Anesthesia
Department of Pediatrics
Department of Psychiatry
Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine


BSc (Dalhousie)

Research Interests

Dr. Christine Chambers is a clinical psychologist and Professor. Her research, based in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research (IWK Health Centre), examines developmental, psychological, and social influences on children’s pain, with a focus on family factors in pediatric pain and using social media to mobilize evidence-based information about children’s pain to parents.

Selected Publications

  • Birnie, K.A., Chambers, C.T., Chorney, J., Fernandez, C.V., & McGrath, P.J. (2016). A multi-informant multi-method investigation of family functioning and parent-child coping during children's acute pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41(7), 1-12. 
  • Birnie, K.A., Chambers, C.T., Chorney, J., Fernandez, C.V., & McGrath, P.J. (2016). Dyadic analysis of child and parent trait and state pain catastrophizing in the process of children's pain communication. Pain, 157(4), 938-48. 
  • Caes, L., Boerner, K.E., Chambers, C.T., Campbell-Yeo, M., Stinson, J., Birnie, K., Parker, J.A., Huguet, A., Jordan, A., Chorney, J., Schinkel, M., & Dol, J. (2016). A comprehensive bibliometric analysis of published research articles on pediatric pain from 1975-2010. Pain, 157(2): 302-13. 
  • Higgins, K.S., Birnie, K.A., Chambers, C.T., Wilson, A.C., Caes, L., Clark, A.J., Lynch, M., Stinson, J., & Campbell-Yeo, M. (2015). Offspring of parents with chronic pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis of pain, health, psychological, and family outcomes. Pain, 156(11), 2256-66. 
  • Birnie, K.A., Chambers, C.T., Taddio, A., McMurtry, C.M., Noel, M., Pillai Riddell, R., Shah, V., & HELPinKids&Adults Team (2015). Psychological interventions for vaccine injections in children and adolescents: Systematic review of randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials. Clinical Journal of Pain. 
  • Boerner, K.E., Birnie, K.A., Caes, L., Schinkel, M., & Chambers, C.T. (2014). Sex differences in experimental pain among healthy children: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain, 155, 983-993. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2014.01.031. PMID: 24508752. 
  • Uman, L.S., Birnie, K.A., Noel, M., Parker, J.A., Chambers, C.T., McGrath, P.J., & Kisely, S.R. (2013). Psychological interventions for needle-related procedural pain and distress in children and adolescents. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 10. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD005179.pub3. PMID: 24108531. 
  • Noel, M., Chambers, C.T., McGrath, P.J., Klein, R.M., & Stewart, S.H. (2012). The influence of children's pain memories on subsequent pain experience. Pain, 153, 1563-1572.

Awards and Honours

• Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis Women of Excellence Award in Education and Research (2012)
• One of the Top 11 Women Professors from CPA-Accredited Clinical Psychology Programs [source: Carleton, R.N., Parkerson, H.A., & Horswill, S.C. (2012). Assessing the publication productivity of clinical psychology professors in CPA-accredited Canadian psychology departments. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie Canadienne, 53, 226-237.]
• International Association for the Study of Pain, Ulf Lindblom Young Investigator Award for Clinical Science (in honour of independence as a scholar under 40 in the field of pain; 2010)
• Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54), American Psychological Association Fellow (in honour of extraordinary contributions to the field of pediatric psychology; 2010)
• Canadian Psychological Association, Clinical Psychology Section, Scientist-Practitioner Early Career Award (in honour of significant contribution to the field of clinical psychology; 2010)


  • American Pain Society (APS) 
  • Division 54 APA, Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP) 
  • Canadian Pain Society (CPS) 
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) 
  • International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)


  • Advanced Clinical Intervention: Child (PSYO 6301/6221) 
  • Health Psychology (PSYO 3225) 
  • Methods in Experimental Clinical Psychology (PSYO 3122) 
  • Graduate Seminar in Clinical Research Methods (PSYO 8005) 

Service & Activity 

  • Associate Editor, PAIN (2014-present) 
  • Member (elected), Council, Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood, International Association for the Study of Pain (2014-2019) 
  • Member, International Committee, Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54), American Psychological Association (2013-present) 
  • Chair, Awards Committee, and member of the Executive Committee, Canadian Pain Society (2010-present) 
  • Member, Help ELiminate Pain in KIDS (HELPinKIDS). Team led by Dr. Anna Taddio, University of Toronto (goal of this group is to improve knowledge translation in the area of immunization pain management in children, 2008-present)

Related Information

Personal Website
Research Lab 
YouTube Video 
Dal Pain Group 
Personal Social Media: Twitter