Current Projects

Effect of Web-Based CBT on Objective Functional Outcomes in Youth with Chronic Pain

5 K24HD060068-03
NIH/NICHD, Innovations in Pediatric Pain Research

The objectives of this midcareer investigator award in patient-oriented research are 1) to use innovative technologies to improve measurement of functional outcomes and to deliver psychological interventions to youth with chronic pain, and 2) to provide the candidate protected time and resources necessary to mentor postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty members who are pursuing clinical investigation in pediatric pain.

PI: Tonya Palermo, PhD
Funding period: 09/30/2009-07/31/2014


1 R01HD062538-01A1
NIH/NICHD, An Internet CBT Intervention for Pediatric Chronic Pain and Disability

The aim of this project is to evaluate the efficacy of an Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy intervention in a large multicenter sample of children and adolescents, ages 11 to 16 years, with chronic pain and their parents recruited from pain centers across the U.S. and Canada.

PI: Tonya Palermo, PhD
Funding period: 8/25/2010-6/30/2015

Parental Problem Solving and Child Chronic Pain

1 R21HD065180-01A1
NIH/NICHD, Problem Solving Skills Training for Parent Caregivers of Youth with Chronic Pain

The aims of this application are to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of problem-solving skills training (PSST) as an intervention in parent caregivers of youth with chronic pain, and to conduct a preliminary efficacy trial of PSST in parents of youth with chronic pain.

PI: Tonya Palermo, PhD
Funding period: 7/1/2011-6/30/2013

Changing How We Approach Mechanisms of Pain (CHAMP)

The aim of this study is to identify factors that place youth at risk for developing chronic pain. This research project will gather information on the mechanisms of chronic pain, particularly the role of the brain in modulating pain signals. We are studying a combination of factors including results from 1) a lab-based thermal task that looks at how the brain blocks unpleasant sensations, 2) psychological measures, and 3) parental reports of responses to their child's pain behaviors.

PI: Amy Lewandowski, PhD 

Monitoring Activity, Pain and Sleep After Surgery (MAPS)

Clinical Research Scholars Program, Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Seattle Children's Research Institute; and Institute of Translational Health Sciences Clinical Research Staff Support Core, Seattle Children's Research Institute.

The aims of this study are to determine the longitudinal course of postoperative pain and its impact in children undergoing major surgery and to identify clinical variables, psychological factors and demographic characteristics associated with the severity and duration of postoperative pain in these children.

PI: Jennifer Rabbitts, MB ChB  

Recently Completed Projects

Associations Among Pain, Smoking, Alcohol Use and Depression in Older Adolescents and Young Adults: A Twin Study

Seattle Children's Department of Anesthesiology Research Pilot Funds

This project uses secondary data analysis from the University of Washington's Twin Registry to: 1) examine associations among smoking, alcohol use, and depression in young adults with and without chronic musculoskeletal pain, and 2) to identify the potential shared genetic and environmental contributions in the interrelation between health risk behaviors and chronic musculoskeletal pain. Identifying how these potentially modifiable health behaviors are associated with chronic pain in young adults will inform the limited research base on factors that may predict development of chronic pain.

PI: Amy Lewandowski, PhD
Funding period: April 2011-March 2012

AT-REST (Actigraphy to Review and Evaluate Sleep in Teens)

7 R01HD053431-05
NIH/NICHD, Sleep-Wake Disturbances in Adolescents with Chronic Pain

The aims of this study are to characterize the nature and impact of sleep-wake disturbances experienced by adolescents with chronic pain using subjective survey measures and actigraphy.

PI: Tonya Palermo, PhD
Funding period: 4/01/2007-3/31/2012

Actigraphy to Review and Evaluate Sleep in Teens with Traumatic Brain Injury (AT-REST TBI)

National Institute of Nursing Research, ITHS Sleep Pilot Award

The aim of this study is to look at sleep in teens after a head injury. Parents and teens will complete surveys about the teen's sleep and health. Teens will also wear a wristwatch-like device to monitor sleep, and they will complete a sleep diary for 10 days.

PI: See Wan Tham, MB BS
Funding period: July 1, 2011- June 30, 2012

Health Risk Behaviors and Interpersonal Functioning of Adolescents with Chronic Pain

Hearst Foundation

The goals of this project are to assess the prevalence of single and multiple health risk behaviors (e.g. tobacco use, alcohol use, physical inactivity, diet/weight management) among adolescents receiving treatment for chronic pain, and to identify interpersonal factors associated with health risk behaviors.

PI: Emily Law, PhD
Funding period: May 2011-April 2012