We help when it hurts.

Researching ways to make Children's memories for pain and Pain Experiences  more positive.


Pain is an inevitable part of childhood but we can help when it hurts.

At Alberta Children's Pain Research Lab, we study how children's and parents' cognitions, emotions, and behaviours shape pain experiences over time. We work closely with an interdisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists in Calgary and around the world who are committed to understanding why pain becomes a problem for some children but not others. We look for ways to improve children's pain management and also learn from, and help, the families that pain touches.

We focus our research on cognitive and behavioural factors that we can directly change in psychological interventions. These factors include pain memories, attention, sleep, and how parents and children talk to each other following painful events. We believe that treatments for child pain can be improved and pain can even be prevented from becoming a problem in the first place.

We also know that children do not suffer pain alone. Our research studies include parents and seek to understand how parents' own cognitions and behaviours interact with those of their children to shape pain experiences. We believe that parents are the most powerful intervention agents in their children's pain management. Changing the way that parents think, remember, feel, and respond to their child's pain can dramatically improve how their children experience pain.

We conduct our research within a dynamic, interdisciplinary clinical milieu at the Vi Riddell Pain Program at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary Alberta, in the foothills of the awe-inspiring Canadian Rocky Mountains.


We help as a team



Dr. Melanie Noel is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Calgary and a full member of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute. She teaches and supervises within the CPA-accredited Clinical Psychology Graduate Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. Her behavioural research lab is based within the Vi Riddell Children's Pain and Rehabilitation Centre at Alberta Children's Hospital.

After completing an MSc in Experimental Developmental (Child) Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Dr. Noel completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University under the mentorship of Dr. Christine Chambers in the area of acute pain. She completed her pre-doctoral residency in clinical psychology (child track) at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children's Hospital. Following residency, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric (chronic) pain research under the mentorship of Tonya Palermo, PhD in Seattle, Washington.

Dr. Noel's research expertise is in the area of children's anxiety and pain memories as cognitive-affective mechanisms underlying trajectories of pediatric pain. The overarching aim of her research is to understand and harness the influence of cognitive-behavioral factors, like pain memories, on children’s pain trajectories using developmental frameworks. Her interests cover the areas of acute (e.g., painful medical procedures, experimental pain in the lab) and chronic (i.e., pain lasting for at least 3 months) pain in a variety of clinical and healthy populations (e.g., vaccination, venipunctures, surgery, chronic pain, emergency care). Her clinical interests include child clinical and pediatric psychology populations, with particular interest in the intersection between children's physical and mental health.

When she isn't at her lab at Alberta Children's Hospital, Dr. Noel is at her "lab" at home: She is the proud mother of 3 young children. 


  • BSc in Psychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • MSc in Experimental Psychology (Child Development), Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, Dalhousie University
  • Clinical Child Internship, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Pain Research, Seattle Children's Research Institute

Jaimie Beveridge - research coordinator

Originally from Victoria, Jaimie completed her BA in Psychology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. During her undergrad, Jaimie conducted two research studies (for her Honours thesis and a summer studentship) that focused on women’s relationships and well-being during pregnancy and the postpartum period. This experience sparked an interest for Jaimie in interpersonal research, in particular romantic and family relationships.  Jaimie is especially interested in PTSD and how its symptoms can impact an individual’s romantic and family relationships, as well as their general functioning and well-being. After living the coastal life for 25 years, Jaimie is happy to be in sunny and dry Calgary and is very excited to be working in the ABC Pain Research Lab.

When she is not at work, Jaimie can probably be found cooking and/or eating delicious food, hiking in the mountains, or lounging by the Elbow river. 


  • BA (Hons) in Psychology, Dalhousie University

Allison Mcpeak - Research Coordinator

Allison is a native Calgarian, and received her BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary. It was through a biomedical engineering summer research experience at the U of C that sparked her interest in research and human health. Following graduation, she moved to Vancouver to complete her Master’s in Public Health at UBC, with a research practicum on pain catastrophizing and quality-of-life in women with endometriosis. Although Allison’s research experiences and interests are quite diverse, she strives to apply her research findings through a population health lens. She is excited to learn more about the multi-disciplinary field of pediatric pain.

Outside of the office, Allison enjoys trivia nights, yoga, photography, travelling, and catching up on the latest TV series or movies.


  • Bsc in Kinesiology, University of Calgary
  • MPH, University of British Columbia
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Tatiana grew up in Calgary, and recently graduated in June 2017 with a BA (First Class Honours) in Psychology from the University of Calgary with a minor in French. Her honours thesis explored embodied cognition and language in early school-aged children, by examining effects of motor and emotion information in children’s lexical processing.

Tatiana eagerly intends on pursuing Clinical Psychology, with particular interests in developmental and health psychology, and the connection between physical and mental health. Tatiana’s research interests include the social-communicative function of language and how young children and parents interact to contribute to social and emotional wellbeing and other positive developmental outcomes.

Outside of the lab, Tatiana enjoys spending time with family and friends, in nature, with her adorable dog, hiking, doing yoga, singing, and travelling.


  • B.A. (First Class Honours) in Psychology, University of Calgary



Jill is from the southern most tip of Canada. From there, she earned a BA Hons in Psychology at York University, where her thesis explored the role of culture in maternal soothing and the expression of infant pain. The fact that she earned an honours degree while also working two jobs and three volunteer positions is just one example of Jill’s determination and drive.

Her PhD at UBC examined the Impact of repeated invasive procedures during neonatal intensive care on brain microstructure, growth, neurodevelopment and behaviour in children born very preterm. The focus of Jill’s postdoctoral training is the neuroactivation patterns underlying the co-occurence of chronic pain and PTSD in youth. Her long-term goal is to support a program of research at the University of Calgary and Alberta Children's Hospital that translates research findings from the bench to bedside, in order to develop evidence-based interventions to manage acute and chronic pain in infants and children.


  • BA in Psychology, York University
  • PhD in Neuroscience, University of British Columbia


Sabine’s interest in psychology was sparked by intro psychology classes she took while completing her BA in 2007. After working in communications for several years, Sabine returned to school and earned her BA in Psychology (First Class Honours) in 2014. In 2016 she successfully completed her MA in Clinical Psychology at the University of Regina and is now pursuing her doctorate at the University of Calgary.

Sabine’s research has broadly focused on attentional biases, cognitive factors, and dispositional constructs underlying psychopathology. Her clinical experience working with individuals with chronic pain fuelled her interest in the complex interplay of bio-psycho-social factors and how they influence and maintain the experience of chronic pain. Her dissertation research focuses on the role of cognitive-affective mechanisms underlying the co-occurrence of chronic pain and anxiety disorders in youth.


  • B.A. in Communications Studies, University of Calgary
  • B.A. in Psychology (First Class Honours), University of Calgary
  • MA in Clinical Psychology, University of Regina

karen hurtubise - Phd Student


Originally from Northern Ontario, Karen received a Bachelor's Sciences degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa in 1992. Soon after, she was hired at the Children's Rehabilitation Centre in St. John's Newfoundland where she worked for 17 years until moving to Calgary. In Calgary, Karen developed a clinical research interest in pediatric pain and childhood disability. 

While working at Alberta Children's Hospital as a clinician, program coordinator, and manager, Karen completed a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of British Columbia in 2009. Her thesis focused on the experiences of parents of young children (0-3 years) in role negotiation between themselves and their rehabilitation team in a family-centred care program.  

Karen began doctoral studies in January 2015 at Sherbrooke University, in Quebec, aiming to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency (related to cost) of the intensive pain rehabilitation program for youth living with chronic pain that is ongoing at the Vi Riddell Pain Program at Alberta Children's Hospital. 

A passionate fan of gourmet cooking and entertaining for family and friends, Karen enjoys traveling to wine-country, trail running (to work off the food and wine), and spending time with her nieces in Calgary. Her (not so) secret dream is to learn to play the guitar and make jewelry.


  • BSc, in Physiotherapy, University of Ottawa
  • Master in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of British Columbia


Alex grew up in and around Toronto and earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Guelph. After graduating, she spent four years as a psychosocial oncology researcher at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children where she investigated the impact of childhood cancer diagnosis on children and their families.

Alex has particular interest in understanding the individual perspectives and experiences of children in order to help them cope with illness, painful procedures, and hospitalization through improved clinical care.

When not researching ways to help kids feel better, Alex raises seizure response and autism guide dogs, volunteers for children affected by childhood cancer, runs, does yoga, travels, and treats socializing like a sport.


  • BA in Psychology, University of Guelph


Maria joined the lab all the way from Saint Petersburg Russia. On route, she studied Mandarin in Beijing, management in Edinburgh, and launched careers in London. She came to Calgary to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a Psychologist, and for pancake breakfasts with a mountain view.

Maria is fascinated by the relationship between mind and body, psychopathology and physical health, and by therapeutic approaches that tackle that relationship. Photography, yoga, and literature take up her time when she’s not busy running the lab while also examining chronic pain in kids and its connection with mental health disorders as well as children's pain memories and how to change them.


  • BA Hons in International Relations, Saint Petersburg State University, 
  • MSc in Management, University of Edinburgh
  • BA in Psychology, University of Calgary


Shanaya was born and raised in Calgary, and is going into her fifth year of her BA in Psychology at the University of Calgary. Shanaya discovered her passion for research while volunteering in the Language Processing Lab and in the Determinants of Child Development Lab, and is very excited to begin her position in the ABC Pain Research Lab. This summer she received an Alberta Children's Research Institute Summer Studentship, and has been working full time in the ABC Pain Research Lab. She is excited to start her honours thesis this fall which will be exploring memories for pain after surgery. After Shanaya graduates, she plans to pursue graduate studies in Clinical Psychology. Her primary interests are anxiety and depression in children and adolescents. 

Her other interests include playing guitar, running, travelling, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Ashley is a Calgary native and currently in her fourth year of her BA in Psychology at the University of Calgary. At present, she is beginning work on her honours thesis and will be exploring the association between pain and sleep disturbances during pregnancy. This project is a collaboration between the ABC Pain Research Lab and the Healthy Hearts Lab at the U of C.

Ashley’s research interests lie primarily in developmental and health psychology. Specifically, she would like to further understanding in how prenatal health and environment impacts long-term development in children.

Time outside of the university, or the research lab, is often spent paddle boarding and hiking at every opportunity in the summer. Ashley also enjoys photography, running, or just sitting down with a good book.


Sherry was born and raised in Calgary. She is in the process of completing her BSc in Psychology with a minor in Visual Arts at the University of Calgary. With a passion for psychology and art, she aspires to be an art therapist and is interested in how the process of creating art can help people of all ages physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

Aside from school, she spends a lot of time drawing and painting. She also enjoys lifting weights at the gym and hopes to compete in a powerlifting meet one day. 





Born and raised in Calgary, Emily recently completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies from St. Mary’s University. She is currently employed by the public school board as an Education Assistant. She primarily works with children and youth who have unique cognitive/behavioural and social/emotional needs.

Emily’s ultimate goal is to become a psychologist. Specifically, she is interested in adolescent psychopathology and its relationship to criminal behaviour. Having worked with students with a variety of mental health needs, she has also developed an interest in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, and oppositional defiance disorder (ODD). She is very enthusiastic about becoming a volunteer with the ABC Pain Research Lab to broaden her understanding of chronic and acute pain and its relationship to the mental health of children and adolescents.

Outside of volunteering and working, Emily enjoys spending time with friends and family, camping and taking road trips.


  • BA (cum laude) in Psychology, St. Mary’s University 
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Born and raised in Calgary, Morgan is currently in his third year of a BSc degree in Psychology at the University of Calgary. He is interested in the interplay between psychological and physical health and hopes to combine his passions for psychology and the sciences through a career in clinical psychology or medicine. He is excited to be volunteering in the ABC Pain Research Lab.

Aside from school, Morgan plays saxophone in the U of C Symphonic Band and volunteers with adults who have suffered a brain injury or stroke. 



Lorna was born and raised in Calgary, where she completed her B.A. in Psychology (Honours, First Class) with a minor in Women’s Studies this past June. She intends to pursue graduate studies in Clinical Psychology, and is passionate about a number of areas of focus in clinical research, including trauma, memory, and mechanisms to foster resilience.

In her spare time, Lorna enjoys painting, knitting, a good cup of tea, and spending time with her dog.


  • B.A. (Honours, First Class) in Psychology, University of Calgary.

This is what we're working on at alberta children's hospital.

Our lab studies acute and chronic pain in children, and the transition in between. We aim to understand and harness the influence of cognitive-behavioral factors on children's pain trajectories using developmental frameworks.


Pain Narratives and Memory Study

We are collaborating with Ear, Nose, and Throat clinic surgeons at Alberta Children’s Hospital to examine how children think about post-surgical pain and how they talk about it with their parents. This research project will be the first to examine the socio-linguistic context (i.e., parent-child narratives about pain) of pain memory development in young children undergoing tonsillectomies. 

The long-term goal is to design a parent-led memory reframing intervention aimed at promoting positive pain memory development by teaching mothers and fathers more adaptive styles of reminiscing with their children following painful events. This study builds on a strong foundation of empirical and theoretical work previously published by Dr. Noel.

This research project has been funded by the 2016 American Pain Society Future Leaders in Pain Research Grant. Another line of this research examining differences in how mothers versus fathers talk to children about pain following surgery and its influence on pain memories is funded by the 2016 Society for Pediatric Psychology Targeted Research Grant.



Pain And Mental Health in Youth (PATH Study)

Chronic pain and PTSD and anxiety have been shown to co-occur at extremely high rates in adults. Our pilot data provides compelling evidence that this co-occurrence also exists in adolescence and is linked to greater impairment in functioning. We will use reliable clinician-administered interviews to determine the prevalence of internalizing mental health disorders in pediatric populations with and without chronic pain.

Using a conceptual model of PTSD and pediatric chronic pain co-developed by Dr. Noel, we are using lab-based methods (e.g., eyegaze tracking, actigraphy, cold pressor task) to examine modifiable mechanisms (e.g., memory and attention biases, sleep disruption) underlying this co-morbidity over time. We will also investigate neural activation patterns underlying co-morbid PTSD and chronic pain using fMRI.

Chronic pain tends to cluster within families: youth of parents who have chronic pain status are at higher risk of developing chronic pain. Parental mental health status also influences the onset and maintenance of pediatric chronic pain. Therefore, we recruit parents of youth with and without chronic pain to examine the role of parental pain status and mental health in pediatric chronic pain. This part of the research project has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategy for Patient Oriented Research 'The Chronic Pain Network' and is conducted in collaboration with pediatric pain colleagues at SickKids and the IWK Health Center.


Vi Riddell Pain Program Multi-wave Outcome Initiative

This program-wide evaluation includes the majority of youth and parents seen in our chronic pain programs at Alberta Children’s Hospital. Youth and their parents complete an assessment battery at multiple time points for up to three years to assess pain, emotional, physical and behavioral functioning, and economic costs. A unique feature of this project is that it also doubles as clinical information since clinicians can review responses (for those patients who consent to this) and have it inform clinical care.

The Vi Riddell Pain Program also hosts a one-of-a-kind Intensive Pain Rehabilitation Program (IPRP) for youth with chronic pain. As part of the program, patients and their parents complete a multi-wave assessment battery. In addition, prior to the start of the program and at discharge, participants are invited to undergo an MRI. The aim of this project is to assess neurobiological changes in youth following the IPRP and to identify neurobiological mechanisms underlying those changes. 


Co-Constructing the Past

Stories form the fabric of our identities and set the stage for all future experiences. Parent-child reminiscing about past negative emotional events is an influential social transaction that is linked to a variety of social, emotional and developmental outcomes in childhood. In collaboration with Language and Cognitive Development Lab (PI: Dr. Susan Graham, University of Calgary), we are examining how parents and children talk about past events and how the narratives influence children’s social and emotional development.

This project is integrally linked with the Pain Narratives and Memory Development Study and will lead to development of brief parent-led interventions for pediatric pain management.  

This research project has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant.

Manuscripts in refereed journals:




















Jones, K., Nordstokke, D., Wilcox, G., Schroeder, M., & Noel, M. (in press). The “work of childhood”: Understanding school functioning in children and adolescents with chronic pain. Pain Management.

Noel, M., Vinall, J., Tomfohr-Madsen, L., Holley, A. L., Wilson, A. C., & Palermo, T. M. (2018). Sleep mediates the relationship between PTSD symptoms and chronic pain in youth. Journal of Pain, 19(1), 67-75.

Noel, M., McMurtry, C. M., Pavlova, M., & Taddio A. (2018). Brief report: A systematic review and meta-analysis of pediatric memory reframing interventions for needle procedures. Pain Practice, 18(1), 123-129.

Pavlova, M., & Noel, M. (2017). Commentary: Novel parent intervention reduces vaccine injection pain in toddlers: Potential mechanisms and path forward. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Available at https://doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/jsx152.

Kwan, V., Vo, M., Noel, M., & Yeates, K. (2017). A scoping review of pain in children following traumatic pain injury: Is there more than headache? Journal of Neurotrauma. Available at https://doi.org/10.1089/neu.2017.5281. [ePub ahead of print].

Neville, A., Soltani, S., Pavlova, M., & Noel, M. (2017). Unravelling the relationship between parent and child PTSD and pediatric chronic pain: The mediating role of pain catastrophizing. Journal of Pain. Available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2017.10.004. [ePub ahead of print].

Pavlova, M., Ference, J., Hancock, M., & Noel, M. (2017). Disentangling the sleep-pain relationship in pediatric chronic pain: The mediating role of internalizing mental health symptoms. Pain Research and Management. Available at https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/1586921

Soltani, S., Neville, A., Hurtubise, K., Hildenbrand, A., & Noel, M. (2017). Finding silver linings: A preliminary examination of benefit finding in youth with chronic pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 1-9. Available at https://doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/jsx126.

Noel, M., Rabbitts, J. A., Fales, J., Chorney, J., & Palermo, T M. (2017). The influence of pain memories on adolescents' post-surgical pain experience: a longitudinal dyadic analysis. Health Psychology, 36(10), 987-995. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/hea0000530

Noel, M., Pavlova, M., McCallum, L., & Vinall, J. (2017). Remembering the hurt of childhood: a psychological review and call for future research. Canadian Psychology, 58(1), 58-68..

Durrand, H., Birnie, K. A., Noel, M., Vervoort, T., Goubert, L., & Boerner, K. E., Chambers, C. T., & Caes, L. (2017). State versus trait: validating state assessment of child and parental catastrophic thinking about child pain. Journal of Pain, 18(4), 385-395. 

Kwan, V., Hagen, G., Noel, M., Dobson, K., & Yeates, K. (2017). Healthcare at your fingertips: The professional ethics of smartphone health-monitoring applications. Ethics and Behaviour, 27(8), 615-631.

Vinall, J., Pavlova, M., Asmundson, G. J. C., Rasic, N., & Noel, M. (2016). Mental health comorbidities in pediatric chronic pain: A narrative review of epidemiology, models, neurobiology and treatment. Children, 3(4), 1-31

Jaaniste, T., Noel, M., & von Baeyer, C. L. (2016). Young children’s ability to report on past, future and hypothetical pain states: A cognitive-developmental perspective. PAIN, 157(11), 2399-2409.

Noel, M., Wilson, A. C., Holley, A. L., Durkin, L., Patton, M., & Palermo, T. M. (2016). Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in youth with versus without chronic pain. PAIN, 32(10), 849-858.

Noel, M., Groenewald, C. B., Beals-Erickson, S. E., Gebert, J. T., & Palermo, T. M. (2016). Chronic pain in adolescence and internalizing mental health disorders in adulthood: a nationally representative study. PAIN, 157(6), 1333-1338

Noel, M., Beals-Erickson, S. E., Law, E. F., Alberts, N., & Palermo, T. P. (2016). Characterizing the pain narratives of parents of youth with chronic pain. Clinical Journal of Pain.

Holley, A. L., Wilson, A. C., Noel, M., & Palermo, T. M. (2016). The importance of examining post-traumatic stress symptoms in children with pain: A topical review and proposed framework for examining individual and interpersonal factors. European Journal of Pain.   

McMurtry C.M., Taddio A., Noel M., Antony M.M., Chambers C.T., Asmundson G.J.G., Pillai Riddell R., Shah V., MacDonald N.E., Rogers J., Bucci L.M., Mousmanis P., Lang E., Halperin S., Bowles S., Halpert C., Ipp M., Rieder M.J., Robson K., Uleryk E., Votta Bleeker E., Dubey V., Hanrahan A., Lockett D., Scott J. (2016). Exposure-based interventions for the management of individuals with high levels of needle fear across the lifespan: A clinical practice guideline and call for further research. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. 45(3), 217-235.

Palermo, T. M., Bromberg, M., Beals-Erickson, S. E., Law, E. F., Durkin, L., Noel, M., & Chen, M. (in press). Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of Brief Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Adolescents with Comorbid Conditions. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology.

Noel, M. (2016). Harnessing the fragility of pain memories to help children forget: A new avenue for pediatric psychology interventions? Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 41(2), 232-234.

Noel, M., Alberts, N., Langer, S. L., Levy, R. L., Walker, L. S., & Palermo, T. P. (2016). Treatment sensitivity of the Adult Responses to Children’s Symptoms in children and adolescents with chronic pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 41(3), 350-362.


Noel, M., Taddio, A., McMurtry, C. M., Chambers, C. T., Pillai Riddell, R., Shah, V., & HELPinKids&Adults Team. (2015). Knowledge synthesis of vaccination pain management and fear management in individuals with high needle fear: limitations of the evidence and recommendations for future research. Clinical Journal of Pain.

McMurtry, C.M., Noel, M., Taddio, A., Antony, M.M., Asmundson, G.J.G., Pillai Riddell, R., Chambers, C.T., Shah, V., & HELPinKids&Adults Team. (2015). Interventions for the management of high levels of needle fear: Systematic review of randomized controlled trials and quasi-randomized controlled trials. Clinical Journal of Pain.

Law, E. F., Beals-Erickson, S. E., Noel, M., Claar, R., & Palermo, T. M. (2015). Randomized controlled trial of internet cognitive-behavioral treatment for pediatric headache. Headache.

Taddio, A., McMurtry, C.M., Shah, V., Yoon, E., Uleryk, E., Pillai Riddell, R., Lang, E., Chambers, C. T., Noel, M., MacDonald, N., & HELPinKids&Adults Team. (2015). Methodology for knowledge synthesis of vaccination pain. Clinical Journal of Pain.

McMurtry, C. M., Pillai Riddell, R., Taddio, A., Racine, N., Asmundson, G. J. G., Noel, M., Chambers, C. T., & Shah, V., & HELPinKids&Adults Team. (2015). Far from “just a poke”: common painful needle procedures and the development of needle fear. Clinical Journal of Pain.

Taddio, A., Shah, V., McMurtry, C.M., MacDonald, N.E., Ipp, M., Pillai Riddell, R., Noel, M., Chambers, C.T., HELPinKids&Adults Team. (2015). Procedural and physical interventions for vaccine injections: systematic review of randomized controlled trials and quasi-randomized controlled trials. Clinical Journal of Pain.

Pillai Riddell, R., Taddio, A., McMurtry, C.M., Chambers, C.T., Shah, V., Noel, M., & HELPinKIDS&Adults Team. (2015). Psychological Interventions for Vaccine Injections in Young Children 0 to 3 Years: Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials and Quasi-Randomized Controlled Trials. Clinical Journal of Pain.

Birnie, K.A., Chambers, C.T., Taddio, A., McMurtry, C.M., Noel, M., Pillai Riddell, R., Shah, V., HELPinKids&Adults Team (2015). Psychological interventions for vaccine injections in children and adolescents: systematic review of randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials. Clinical Journal of Pain.

Boerner, K.E., Birnie, K.A., Chambers, C.T., Taddio, A., McMurtry, C.M., Noel, M., Shah, V., Pillai Riddell, R., & HELPinKIDS&Adults Team (2015). Simple psychological interventions for reducing pain from common needle procedures in adults: systematic review of randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials. Clinical Journal of Pain.

Shah, V., Taddio, A., McMurtry, M., Halperin, S.A., Noel, M., Pillai Riddell, R., Chambers, C.T., & HELPinKids&Adults Team. (2015). Pharmacological and combined interventions to reduce vaccine injection pain in children and adults: systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Journal of Pain.

Pillai Riddell, R., Taddio, A., McMurtry, C.M., Shah, V., Noel, M., Chambers, C.T., & HELPinKids&Adults Team (2015). Process interventions for vaccine injections: systematic review of randomized controlled trials and quasi-randomized controlled trials. Clinical Journal of Pain.

Taddio, A., McMurtry, C.M., Shah, V., Pillai Riddell, R., Chambers, C.T., Noel, M., & HELPinKids&Adults Team (2015). Clinical practice guideline for reducing pain during vaccination injections. Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Noel, M., Palermo, T. M., Chambers, C. T., Taddio, A., Hermann, C. (2015). To remember is not to forget: A reply to Moore and Henderson. PAIN, Epub ahead of print.

Noel, M., Rabbitts, J. A., Tai, G., & Palermo, T. M. (2015). Remembering pain after surgery: A longitudinal examination of the role of pain catastrophizing in children’s and parents’ recall. PAIN, 156(5), 800-808. (A commentary about this paper titled Parents- to help or hinder pain memories in children by L. E. Simons and C. B. Sieberg was published in this issue).

Boerner, K.E., Noel, M., Birnie, K. A., Caes, L., Petter, M., & Chambers, C. T. (in press). Maximizing ecological validity of the cold pressor task: Impact of task instruction and child characteristics on pain and anxiety. Pain Practice.

Noel, M., Boerner, K. E., Birnie, K. A., Caes, L., Parker, J. A., Chambers, C. T., Fernandez, C. V., Lee, K. (2015). The acceptability by parents and children of deception in pediatric research. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 36(2), 75-85.

Noel, M., Palermo, T. M., Chambers, C. T., Taddio, A., Hermann, C. (2015). Remembering the pain of childhood: Applying a developmental perspective to the study of pain memories. PAIN, 156(1), 31-34. (A letter to the editor based on this work was published by D. Moore and E. Henderson titled Applying a developmental perspective to the study of pain, 2015; Epub ahead of print).

Noel, M., Palermo, T. M., Essner, B., Zhou, C., Levy, R. L., Langer, S., Sherman, A., & Walker, L. S. (2015). A developmental analysis of the factorial validity of the Adult Responses to Children’s Symptoms (ARCS) in children versus adolescents with chronic pain and pain-related chronic illness.Journal of Pain, 16(1), 31-41.

Law, E. F., Bromberg, M., H., Noel, M., Groenewald, N., Murphy, L. K., & Palermo, T. M. (2015). Alcohol and tobacco use in youth with and without chronic pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology,doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsu116.


Essner, B., Noel, M., Myrvik, M., & Palermo, T. M. (2014). Examination of the factor structure of the Adolescent Sleep-Wake Scale. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 12, 1-12.

Birnie K. A., Noel, M., Parker, J. A., Chambers, C. T., Uman, L. S., & Kisely, S. R., & McGrath, P. J. (2014). Systematic review of the efficacy of distraction and hypnosis for needle-related pain and distress in children and adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39(8), 783-808.

Law, E. F., Fisher, E., Fales, J., Noel, M., Eccleston, C. (2014). Systematic review of parent and family-based interventions for children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39(8), 866-886.


Uman, L. U., Birnie, K. M., Noel, M., Parker, J. A., Chambers, C. T., McGrath, P. J., & Kisely, S. (2013). Psychological interventions for needle-related procedural pain and distress in children and adolescents (Review Update). The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Issue 10. Art. No.: CD005179. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005179.pub3.

Parkerson, H. A., Noel, M., Pagé, M. G., Fuss, S., Katz, J., & Asmundson, G. J. G. (2013).  Factorial Validity of the English Language Version of the Pain Catastrophizing Scale – Child Version. Journal of Pain, 14(11), 1383-1389.


Noel, M., Chambers, C. T., McGrath, P. J., Klein, R. M., & Stewart, S. H. (2012). The influence of children’s pain memories on subsequent pain experience. PAIN, 153, 1563-1572. (A commentary about this paper titled Remember, remember.... a child’s pain experience by C. Liossi and M. Fitzgerald was published in this issue; Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54), American Psychological Association, Student Research Award; 2012 CIHR Brain Star Award)

Noel, M., Chambers, C. T., McGrath, P. J., Klein, R. M., & Stewart, S. H. (2012). The role of state anxiety in children’s memories for pain.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37, 567-579. (A commentary about this paper by J. Katz was published in: F1000.com/715547801#eval791052901).

Noel, M., Chambers, C. T., Petter, M., McGrath, P. J., Klein, R. M., & Stewart, S. H. (2012). “Pain is not over when the needle ends”: A review and preliminary model of acute pain memory development in childhood. Pain Management2(5), 487-497.

Asmundson, G. J. G., Noel, M., Petter, M., & Parkerson, H. (2012). Pediatric fear-avoidance model of chronic pain: Foundation, application, and future directions. Pain Research and Management, 17, 397-405

Noel, M., Petter, M., Parker, J. A., & Chambers, C. T. (2012). Cognitive behavioural therapy for pediatric chronic pain: The problem, research, and practice. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 26(2), 143-156.

Birnie, K., Petter, M., Boerner, K., Noel, M., & Chambers, C. T. (2012). Contemporary use of the cold pressor task in pediatric pain research: A systematic review of methods. The Journal of Pain, 13, 817-826.

Asmundson, G. J. G., Parkerson, H. A., Petter, M., & Noel, M. (2012). What is the role of fear and escape/avoidance in chronic pain? Models, structural analysis, and future directions. Pain Management, 2, 295-303.

Noel, M., Taylor, T. L., Quinlan, C. K., & Stewart, S. H. (2012). The impact of attention style on directed forgetting among high anxiety sensitive individuals. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 36(4), 375-389.

Peterson, C., & Noel, M. (2012). “I was just screeching!”: comparing child and parent derived measures of distress. Stress and Health28(4), 279-288.


McMurtry, C. M., Noel, M., Chambers, C. T., & McGrath, P.J. (2011). Children’s fear during procedural pain: Preliminary investigation of the Children’s Fear Scale. Health Psychology, 30(6), 780-788.

Birnie, K., Noel, M., Chambers, C. T., von Baeyer, C. & Fernandez, C. (2011). The cold pressor task:  Is it an ethically acceptable pain research method in children? Journal of Pediatric Psychology36, 1071-1081.

Peterson, C., Warren, K. L., Nguyen, D. T., & Noel, M. (2011). Infantile amnesia and gender: Does the way we measure it matter? Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 9, 1767–1771.


Noel, M. & Birnie, K. A. (2010). Ethical challenges in pediatric pain research. Pediatric Pain Letter12(2).

Noel, M., McMurtry, C. M., Chambers, C. T., & McGrath, P. J. (2010). Children’s memory for painful procedures: The relationship of pain intensity, anxiety, and adult behaviors to subsequent recall. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35, 626-636.

Noel, M., O’Connor, R. M., Boudreau, B., Mushquash, C. J., Comeau, N. M., Stevens, D. & Stewart, S.H. (2010). The Rutgers Alcohol Problem Index (RAPI): A comparison of cut-points in First Nations Mi’kmaq and non-aboriginal adolescents in rural Nova Scotia. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 8(2), 336- 350.


Noel, M., Peterson, C., & Jesso, B. (2008). The relationship of parenting stress and child temperament to language development among economically disadvantaged preschoolers. Journal of Child Language, 35, 823-843.

Peterson, C., Noel, M., Kippenhuck, L., Harmundal, L., & Vincent, C. (2008). Early memories of children and adults: Implications for infantile amnesia. Cognitive Sciences, 4(2), 65-90.

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