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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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Rachel Aaron is a post-doctoral research fellow advised by Tonya Palermo at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. She is funded by the T32 Anesthesiology Postdoctoral Research Training Program at University of Washington. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University in 2016. Rachel completed her pre-doctoral internship training in rehabilitation psychology at the University of Washington, working at Harborview Medical Center with children and adults following physical trauma. Rachel’s graduate research sought to understand how aspects of bodily and emotional awareness contribute to health outcomes; she looks forward to extending these interests by investigating mechanisms of the development of chronic pain in the Palermo lab.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Joanne Dudeney is a post-doctoral research fellow. She completed a Doctor of clinical psychology and PhD at The University of Sydney, Australia and through her PhD, Joanne investigated the comorbidity of anxiety and asthma in youth. In Australia, Joanne worked clinically in both public and private health settings with youth and adults presenting with a range of psychological difficulties. In the Palermo Lab, Joanne is currently involved in clinical trials investigating in-person and online cognitive behavioral interventions for youth with pain and associated comorbidities. In addition to her interest in the development of psychological interventions, Joanne’s research interests lie in further understanding the relationship between anxiety and pain outcomes, post-surgery physical activity and chronic pain development, and adherence to treatment.
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 F. Law, PhD
Dr. Emily F. 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.
We are currently enrolling families in a study for youth with headache and migraine. Learn more.
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.
See Wan Tham, MBBS
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.
Sarah Beals, PhD
Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Children’s Mercy Hospital – Kansas City.
Dr. Sarah Beals is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor.
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.