Christine  Chambers, PhD

Christine Chambers, PhD

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health

Expertise: Parents & FamiliesImplementation Scienceknowledge translationHealth Psychologypediatric pain

Dr. Christine Chambers is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children’s Pain and a Killam Professor in the departments of Psychology & Neuroscience and Pediatrics at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also the Scientific Director of Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP), a national knowledge mobilization network funded by the Networks of Centres of Excellence and co-directed by Children’s Healthcare Canada. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Dr. Chambers completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of British Columbia and her internship in the Brown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Chambers’ research lab is based in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at the IWK Health Centre. She was identified as one of the top 10 most productive women clinical psychology professors in Canada and has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers on the role of developmental, psychological, and social influences on children’s pain. Her expertise spans knowledge generation (e.g., original studies), synthesis (e.g., systematic review, guidelines), and translation (e.g., policy, public outreach).

Dr. Chambers was a Mayday Pain and Society Fellow. She has given a TEDx talk on children’s pain and developed a YouTube video for parents about how to manage needle pain (also available in French). She led the #ItDoesntHaveToHurt initiative, in partnership with Erica Ehm’s YummyMummyClub, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She is the Assistant Director of the North American Pain School and has played a key role in other training programs. Dr. Chambers has received numerous awards for her research, mentorship, patient engagement, and advocacy, including the Children’s Healthcare Canada Leadership Award (2017). Her research is regularly featured in the media, including The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, and the CBC.

Dr. Chambers is a past member of the Institute Advisory Board for the CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, a Section Editor for the European Journal of Pain, Associate Editor for PAIN and PAIN Reports, and a member of the editorial board for the Canadian Journal of Pain. She gives presentations for scientists, health professionals, parents, and patients around the world.

The Women’s Executive Network named Dr. Chambers one of the 2019 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners, joining a community of Canada’s most influential women leaders.


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One in 10 Canadian adults is so fearful of needles that it actually interferes with their willingness to seek appropriate medical care.


The pain system is supposed to work like your body’s alarm system and tell you when something is wrong. Usually, that alarm system works very well for acute pain but when you have a lot of pain early in life, the alarm system can start to malfunction, and you see the pain alarm system going off even though there is no acute reason.


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