Welcome to the Palermo Lab
The Palermo lab’s research focus is on pain in children. In particular, investigators are studying the interrelationships of pain, sleep and behavioral/psychological factors; psychological and family treatments for pediatric chronic pain management; innovations in technology for pain assessment and intervention (including Internet interventions); and health risk factors and chronic pain.
Dr. Tonya Palermo has an active research program in the area of pediatric chronic and recurrent pain. She is particularly interested in the psychosocial and family factors that affect pain perception, daily functioning and quality of life in children and adolescents. She is an NIH-funded investigator who is currently developing and testing psychological and family interventions for youth with chronic pain. One of her funded research projects is to evaluate an Internet cognitive-behavioral intervention for adolescents with chronic pain recruited from pain clinics across the United States and Canada.
To improve the lives of children with pain and their families through innovative clinical, translational and outcomes research.
Dr. Tonya Palermo is a pediatric psychologist and a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington, with adjunct appointments in Pediatrics and Psychiatry. Palermo is an associate editor for the Clinical Journal of Pain and the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. She also serves as a regular member of an NIH study section, Behavioral Medicine Interventions and Outcomes. She serves on the executive boards of the Society of Pediatric Psychology as past president, and of the American Pain Society as director at large. Palermo has a NIH-funded research program in the area of pediatric chronic pain. She is specifically interested in cognitive-behavioral interventions, delivery of psychological treatment via the Internet, sleep disturbances and parent/family factors. She has published over 110 peer-reviewed articles and a book on cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain in children and adolescents.
Palermo serves as a research mentor to numerous doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty. Please contact her for questions pertaining to current training opportunities.
Palermo’s research career began at Case Western Reserve University, where she received a PhD in clinical psychology (pediatric psychology). She completed a predoctoral internship in pediatric psychology at Columbus Children’s Hospital before returning to Cleveland to complete a postdoctoral research fellowship in pediatric psychology/pain management at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining the faculty at Seattle Children’s, she was an associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at Oregon Health and Science University from 2004 to 2010.