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Associate Professor in Psychology, University of Guelph

C. Meghan McMurtry is an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Guelph, director of the Pediatric Pain, Health, and Communication Lab, and a Clinical and Health Psychologist with the Pediatric Chronic Pain Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Dr. McMurtry’s research and clinical interests focus on acute and chronic pain, medical procedure-related fear, as well as communication and family influences in these contexts. Dr. McMurtry was the Co-Principal Investigator and an Evidence Lead on the national Help Eliminate Pain in Kids and Adults Team which created two clinical practice guidelines regarding vaccination pain and needle fear management; aspects from the pain management guideline were endorsed for vaccinations worldwide by the World Health Organization (WHO). Recently, Dr. McMurtry was the sole psychologist on the small subcommittee for the WHO’s Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety tasking with creating guidance on immunization stress-related responses. She also served as the sole psychologist on the ~25 person Guideline Development Panel representing 17 countries for the WHO’s Guideline for the Management of Chronic Pain in Children.


  • 2015–present
    Clinical and Health Psychologist, Pediatric Chronic Pain Program, McMaster Children's Hospital
  • 2017–present
    Associate Professor, University of Guelph
  • 2010–2017
    Assistant Professor, University of Guelph


  • 2012 
    College of Psychologists of Ontario, Member
  • 2010 
    Dalhousie University, Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)
  • 2002 
    Wilfrid Laurier University, Honours Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)