Pediatric Pain and Sleep Innovations Lab (PPSI)

Welcome to the Pediatric Pain and Sleep Innovations Lab

The Pediatric Pain and Sleep Innovations 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.

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Investigator Biography

PalmeroDr. Tonya Palermo is a professor of anesthesiology, pediatrics and psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She serves as associate director for the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development. Palermo’s longstanding NIH-funded research program has focused on assessment and treatment of chronic pain in children and adolescents. She is specifically interested in cognitive-behavioral interventions; delivery of psychological treatment via eHealth and mHealth interventions; sleep disturbances; and parent/family factors as they relate to pain treatment. Through her work as program director for the University of Washington Anesthesiology T32 program and for the Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Pain Research, Palermo is active in training clinician–scientists at the postdoctoral and junior faculty level.

Palermo serves on the executive boards of the Society of Pediatric Psychology and the American Pain Society, serves as editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and has been elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association. She also serves as a member of the advisory council for the Center for Scientific Review at NIH. Contact Dr. Palermo.