Tonya Palermo, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Dr. 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 and for the Clinical Journal of Pain. Palermo serves on the executive boards of Division 54 of the American Psychological Association and of the American Pain Society. She serves as the program director of the T32 Anesthesiology Postdoctoral Research Training Program and as director of the Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Pain Research.
Palermo's research, conducted through the Palermo Lab, focuses on pediatric chronic and recurrent pain and behavioral sleep medicine. She is particularly interested in the psychosocial and family factors that affect pain perception, daily functioning, sleep 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.
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Sarah Beals, PhD
Dr. Sarah Beals is a post-doctoral research fellow. She received her Ph.D. in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas Clinical Child Psychology Program in 2014. Dr. Beals completed her pre-doctoral internship in pediatric psychology at Nemours/A. I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. Her research interests are two-fold: 1) outcomes of psychological treatments for pediatric pain; and 2) factors that promote positive mental health and decrease stigma for seeking psychological services for youth with pediatric pain. Specifically, Dr. Beals is interested in stigma, family and youth perspectives on psychological support for pain management, and the systems of care and policies that promote or hinder use of psychological services in this population. She is also interested in how positive individual traits (e.g., optimism, benefit-finding) support coping in pediatric pain populations.
Maggie Bromberg, PhD
Dr. Maggie Bromberg is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Palermo Lab at Seattle Children's Research Institute. She received a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina in 2013 and completed a pre-doctoral internship in pediatric psychology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Her research largely focuses on biopsychosocial mechanisms underlying and maintaining pediatric chronic pain. Within this area, she has developed a research program on temporal associations between pain, sleep, affective processes and functional disability; and the role of family factors in pediatric chronic pain. Bromberg is experienced in the use of mobile health applications and plans to develop and test optimal approaches for incorporating sleep-focused treatments into clinical and electronic pediatric pain interventions during her fellowship in the Palermo Lab.
Elise Cho, BS
Clinical Research Associate I
Elise Cho is a Clinical Research Associate I in the Palermo Lab at Seattle Children's Research Institute and provides study coordination for multiple projects. She received her BS in psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2012. Her previous areas of research include development of emotional self-regulation in preschool children and how stress and family factors contribute to children's development of executive function, social competence and adjustment problems.
Lindsay Durkin, BA
Clinical Research Associate I
Lindsay Durkin is a Clinical Research Associate I. She provides study coordination for multiple projects in the lab. She received her BA in psychology from Gonzaga University in 2012. Her previous research experience includes implementing a walking program for children in low-income and racial minority groups to promote physical activity. Since joining Seattle Children’s Research Institute, she has worked on various projects focused on the treatment of pediatric chronic pain, promotion of public health, and improvement of care transitions.
Emma Fisher, PhD
Dr. Emma Fisher is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Palermo Lab. She completed her PhD, titled “Young people with and without chronic pain: the role of anxiety effects of anxiety,” at the Centre for Pain Research, University of Bath, U.K. Her research to date has investigated how anxiety maintains and exacerbates chronic pain within a pediatric population and the efficacy of psychological interventions at reducing pain, disability, and distress in this population. Her research interests extend to the role of goals and the psychosocial functioning of children and adolescents with pain using a developmental perspective.
Cornelius (Neels) Groenewald, MB ChB
Dr. Cornelius (Neels) Groenewald is an attending anesthesiologist at Seattle Children's Hospital and an acting instructor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 2002. He completed his anesthesiology residency at Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, and his pediatric anesthesiology and pain medicine fellowship at Seattle Children's Hospital. His research interests include pain, quality of life and activity limitations after major surgery and critical illness in children.
Tricia Jessen-Fiddick, BS
Clinical Research Associate III
Tricia Jessen-Fiddick is a Clinical Research Associate III in the Palermo Lab and provides study coordination for multiple projects. In 2006, she received her BS in psychology from DePaul University in Chicago. She joined Seattle Children's Research Institute in 2008. Her previous areas of research include quality of pediatric healthcare, chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis and pediatric obesity intervention.
Emily Law, PhD
Dr. Emily Law is Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a pediatric psychologist in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital. Dr. Law provides clinical services in the outpatient pain management clinic and inpatient pain rehabilitation program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She received a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2010 and completed her pre-doctoral internship in pediatric/child clinical psychology at UCLA Medical Center. Law completed her post-doctoral training under the mentorship of Dr. Palermo at Seattle Children's Research Institute. Her research focuses on pediatric chronic pain with a particular interest in pediatric chronic headache. Dr. Law’s current projects include evaluating psychosocial treatment needs among youth with chronic headache, and developing and testing behavioral interventions for parents of children receiving intensive pain rehabilitation.
Clinical Research Associate I
Megan Lounds is a Clinical Research Associate I and coordinates multiple projects in the lab. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2015 with a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience, minors in Business and Social & Behavioral Science Methodologies, and a certificate in Research. Her previous research interests include sleep, health-related quality of life, physical activity in children, and the enhancement of independent living for people with disabilities.
Jennifer Rabbitts, MB ChB
Dr. Jennifer Rabbitts is Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and an attending anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital. She received her medical degree from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 2002. She completed her anesthesia residency, pediatric anesthesia fellowship and translational research fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Minnesota. Her research focuses on postsurgical pain and recovery in children after surgery. She is conducting an NIH-funded study examining biopsychosocial risk factors for poorer outcomes after surgery. She is particularly interested in the impact of sleep on recovery from surgery.
Gaby Ghafari Tai, MPH
Clinical Research Associate III
Gaby Ghafari Tai is a Clinical Research Associate III. She provides study coordination for multiple projects in the lab. She received her BA in psychology from Boston College in 2004 and her MPH from Boston University in 2008 with a focus on maternal and child health. In 2009 she joined Seattle Children's Research Institute and has worked on projects focused on treatment of pediatric obesity, chronic pain, pain after surgery and sleep disturbances. She also manages the Acti-Core.
See Wan Tham, MB BS
Acting Assistant Professor
Dr. See Wan Tham is an Acting Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is a pediatric anesthesiologist and pain physician with the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital. She received her medical degree in Sydney, Australia in 2001. She completed her anesthesiology residency at State University New York (Syracuse) and subsequent pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Seattle Children's Hospital. She went on to pursue post-doctoral research training in Dr. Tonya Palermo's lab. Her research interest lies in identifying the mechanisms underlying the relationship between pain and sleep in pediatric populations, and in functional outcomes in children with pain conditions.
Jessica Fales, PhD
Dr. Jessica Fales is an Assistant Professor at Washington State University in Vancouver.
Amy Lewandowski Holley, PhD
Dr. Amy Holley is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University.
Melanie Noel, PhD
Dr. Melanie Noel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary and Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute.