The Hotchkiss Brain Institute
Healthy Brains for Better Lives
Full Professor (with tenure) Faculty of Nursing
Office Location: PF 2237
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A nurse by background, I am strongly committed to improving pain management through collaborative practice where professionals can work and learn together to improve patient care. I have published widely, created educational courses, textbooks and visual materials and acquired peer-reviewed research funding.
Pain research interests include postoperative pain management, back pain and interprofessional education. In particular I am interested in the barriers to effective pain management and knowledge translation (KT). Alongside research I have alsoworked extensively with clinical teams to improve care using improvement methods. My research methods are mixed – a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches.
Professional affiliations include being a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and in 2006 she was co-opted onto IASP’s International taskforce for Pain Management in Developing Countries and in 2009 IASP’s Education Working group. I have served on Council for the British Pain Society (2007-2010), and until recently chaired the Communications Committee. I was the founding member of a UK and international (IASP) Special Interest Group in Pain Education and co-chaired the first international pain education conference (IASP Satellite conference, Toronto, August, 2010).
Arriving recently from the UK, I am keen to create new research networks and opportunities for collaboration. Much of my scholarship has been focused on translational research and I note this is identified as a cornerstone of the work within the HBI. In particular my interest in pain has considerable synergy with the research around neuroscience and mental health. I hope that by being an affiliate member I would be able to support the work of the HBI more meaningfully and pursue further collaborative research.