The Intersection of Pain and Trauma: Current and Future Directions 

Date: Wednesday 2/28/24 
Time: 11am EST

Join us for a 1 hour webinar that explores current directions in the field of pain and trauma, as well as a discussion of where the field is going. The speakers, Drs. Anna Hood and Melanie Noel, will present on their current research and will lead a discussion with questions from audience members. Registrants are encouraged to submit questions for the speakers before the webinar to ensure they are answered during the discussion.

Dr Anna Hood is a lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Division of Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Manchester, and she is the Policy Director of the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology. Anna’s graduate and clinical training were completed in the US and UK. Her research focuses on the biological, psychological, and social challenges faced by pediatric patients living with pain. Her work has a particular focus on children and young adults with sickle cell disease and includes an anti-racism framework to eliminate pain inequities.

Melanie Noel, PhD, RPsych is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary and a Full Member of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. She directs the PEAK (Pain Education, Advocacy, Knowledge) Research Laboratory within the Vi Riddell Pain & Rehabilitation Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Canada.

Dr. Noel’s expertise is on children’s memories for pain and co-occurring mental health issues and pediatric chronic pain. She published guiding conceptual models of children’s pain memory development, co-occurring PTSD and chronic pain, and fear-avoidance (190 peer-reviewed papers; H index = 44). In recognition of her contributions to advancing knowledge of the psychological aspects of children’s pain, Dr. Noel received early career awards from the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), the Canadian Pain Society, the American Pain Society, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Society of Pediatric Psychology. She was named Avenue Magazine Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 (Class of 2017), a Killam Emerging Research Leader (2020), and holds the inaugural the Killam Memorial Emerging Leader Chair (2021-2026). In 2022, she was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.

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March Webinar 

The USASP Education and Professional Development Webinar Subcommittee will host a March 2024 webinar that will aim at providing pain research centers across the US a platform to describe their center/program/department. This is a great way to network with people that may be interested in your department before the annual USASP 2024 meeting in Seattle. Presenters for this webinar can have 1-5 slides (~3-5 min per presenter) to describe their program. This would also be a great way to discuss any open positions in your department (current/upcoming). Below are ideas for topics to cover during the presentation. 

There will also be a virtual networking session after the presentation to allow presenters to meet with interested audience members and get to know each other/answer interested candidates’ specific questions.   

The presenter should cover:  

    • What is the position/program/department? 
    • What about the position/program/university is a special feature that would be really appealing to potential candidates? Share a fun fact that makes the program standout. 
    • What is the salary/benefits? 
    • What kind of candidates are a good fit? 
    • What is the city/area like? 
    • Will they attend USASP meeting / information on how to get in contact?  
    • What benefits/help is offered from the department/university? 

 If you or someone from your department is interested in presenting, please contact Dr. Edna Evington ([email protected]) for questions or to sign up as a presenter for this webinar. 

Thank you,
Webinar Committee members (Drs. Edna Evington, Janelle Letzen, Danielle Wesolowicz, Frank Keefe)