Assistant Professor and Psychologist in Pediatric Pain, University of Calgary

Dr. Birnie’s research focuses on improving the assessment and management of acute, postsurgical, and chronic pain experienced by children, adolescents, and their families. Her research span the knowledge-to-action continuum including creating new knowledge, synthesizing existing evidence, and translating knowledge to inform health practice and policy. Dr. Birnie collaborates with multi-stakeholder teams (patients, families, decision-makers, healthcare providers) to co-design and evaluate psychological interventions and health services in pain. She is a strong advocate for the partnership of patients and families in health research, health care delivery, and health systems design.

Dr. Birnie’s research program is guided, in part, by top priorities identified by patients, families, and healthcare providers for pediatric chronic pain research and care in the #PartneringForPain project. Her focus on knowledge translation, patient engagement, and implementation science aligns with her role as Assistant Scientific Director of Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP), a national knowledge mobilization network working to improve evidence-based children’s pain management through coordination and collaboration.

Current key projects include: co-designing pediatric transitional pain services to prevent the development of chronic pain after surgery; evaluating implementation of psychological interventions for pediatric pain; designing and evaluating psychological interventions for parents in pediatric pain care.

Experience

  • –present
    Assistant Professor and Psychologist in Pediatric Pain, University of Calgary

Education

  • 2018 
    University of Toronto/The Hospital for Sick Children, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2016 
    Dalhousie University, PhD in Clinical Psychology