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.

Mission statement

To improve the lives of children with pain and their families through innovative clinical, translational and outcomes research.

Investigator Biography

PalmeroDr. Tonya Palermo is a professor of anesthesiology, pediatrics and psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, serves on the executive board of the Society of Pediatric Psychology and is president-elect of Division 54 of the American Psychological Association. Palermo is the current chair of the American Pain Society Special Interest Group on Pain in Infants, Children and Adolescents.

Palermo also 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.