Pediatric Pain and Sleep Innovations Lab (PPSI)

Resources for Patients, Families and Professionals

WebMAP Mobile App

WebMAP mobile app logoWebMAP Mobile is a brief cognitive-behavioral program (5–6 weeks) where teens can learn about chronic pain, set goals for increasing physical activities, learn relaxation and imagery strategies and receive interventions for problems with sleep and low mood. The app is based on content from the Web-Based Management of Adolescent Pain (WebMAP) internet program that has been tested in multiple clinical trials. WebMAP Mobile is available to download in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Recent Books

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents cover

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents (Oxford University Press, 2012) provides a practical guide for implementing cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for children and their families coping with the consequences of persisting pain.

Chronic Pain book cover

Managing Your Child’s Chronic Pain

Managing Your Child’s Chronic Pain (Oxford University Press, 2015) is the first book for parents of children with chronic pain providing instructions on how to use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for pain management. It uses real-life stories, quotes and vignettes of children with chronic pain and their families. It allows parents of children with chronic pain to learn many of the same strategies and approaches that are taught by psychologists who work in specialized pediatric pain clinics.

Audio Relaxation Exercises

You may also play audio files of relaxation exercises.

Selected Publications

iCanCope with Sickle Cell Pain: Design of a randomized controlled trial of a smartphone and web-based pain self-management program for youth with sickle cell disease. Palermo TM, Zempsky WT, Dampier CD, Lalloo C, Hundert AS, Murphy LK, Bakshi N, Stinson JN.  Contemp Clin Trials. 2018 Nov;74:88-96.

Hybrid Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Intervention for Adolescents With Co-Occurring Migraine and Insomnia: A Single-Arm Pilot Trial. Law EF, Wan Tham S, Aaron RV, Dudeney J, Palermo TM.  Headache. 2018.

Mobile health intervention for self-management of adolescent chronic pain (WebMAP mobile): Protocol for a hybrid effectiveness-implementation cluster randomized controlled trial.  Palermo TM, de la Vega R, Dudeney J, Murray C, Law E.  Contemp Clin Trials. 2018 Nov;74:55-60.

Racial differences in opioid prescribing for children in the United States. Groenewald CB, Rabbitts JA, Hansen EE, Palermo TM. Pain. 2018 Oct;159(10):2050-2057.

Psychological therapies for the management of chronic and recurrent pain in children and adolescents. Fisher E, Law E, Dudeney J, Palermo TM, Stewart G, Eccleston C. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2018 Sep 29;9.

Effect on Health Care Costs for Adolescents Receiving Adjunctive Internet-Delivered Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial. Law EF, Groenewald CB, Zhou C, Palermo TM. J Pain. 2018 Aug;19(8):910-919.

Current pain management strategies for patients with erythromelalgia: a critical review. Tham SW, Giles M. J Pain Res. 2018 Aug 30;11:1689-1698.

Associations Between Adolescent Chronic Pain and Prescription Opioid Misuse in Adulthood. Groenewald CB, Law EF, Fisher E, Beals-Erickson SE, Palermo TM. J Pain. 2018 Aug 9.

The CALI-9: A brief measure for assessing activity limitations in children and adolescents with chronic pain. Holley AL, Zhou C, Wilson AC, Hainsworth K, Palermo TM. Pain. 2018 Jan;159(1):48-56.

Postsurgical pain in children: unraveling the interplay between child and parent psychosocial factors. Rabbitts, J.A., Fisher, E. PAIN, 158(10):1847-1848, 2017.

Longitudinal change in parent and child functioning after internet-delivered cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain. Law EF, Fisher E, Howard WJ, Levy R, Ritterband L, Palermo TM.  Pain. 2017 Oct;158(10):1992-2000.

A Single-Arm Feasibility Trial of Problem-Solving Skills Training for Parents of Children with Idiopathic Chronic Pain Conditions Receiving Intensive Pain Rehabilitation. Law EF, Fales JL, Beals-Erickson SE, Failo A, Logan D, Randall E, Weiss K, Durkin L, Palermo TM. J Pediatr Psychol. 2017 May 1;42(4):422-433.

Prevalence and predictors of chronic postsurgical pain in children: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Rabbitts, J.A., Fisher, E., Rosenbloom, B.N., Palermo, T.M. J Pain 18(6):605-614, 2017.

Longitudinal and temporal associations between daily pain and sleep patterns after major pediatric surgery. Rabbitts, J.A., Zhou, C., Narayanan, A., Palermo, T.M. J Pain 18(6):656-663, 2017.

Predictors of the transition from acute to persistent musculoskeletal pain in children and adolescents: a prospective study. Holley AL, Wilson AC, Palermo TM. Pain. 2017 May;158(5):794-801.

Long-term pain and recovery after major pediatric surgery: A qualitative study with teens, parents, and perioperative care providers. Rabbitts, J.A., Aaron, R.V., Fisher, E., Lang, E.A., Bridgwater, C., Tai, G.G., Palermo, T.M.  J Pain 18(7):778-786, 2017.

A Single Arm Pilot Trial of Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Adolescents with Physical and Psychiatric Comorbidities. Palermo TM, Beals-Erickson S, Bromberg M, Law E, Chen M. J Clin Sleep Med. 2017 Mar 15;13(3):401-410.

Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in youth with vs without chronic pain. Noel M, Wilson AC, Holley AL, Durkin L, Patton M, Palermo TM. Pain. 2016 Oct;157(10):2277-84.

Problem-solving skills training for parents of children with chronic pain: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Palermo TM, Law EF, Bromberg M, Fales J, Eccleston C, Wilson AC. Pain. 2016 Jun;157(6):1213-23.

Internet-delivered cognitive-behavioral treatment for adolescents with chronic pain and their parents: a randomized controlled multicenter trial. Palermo TM, Law EF, Fales J, Bromberg MH, Jessen-Fiddick T, Tai G. Pain. 2016 Jan;157(1):174-85.

Presurgical psychosocial predictors of acute postsurgical pain and quality of life in children undergoing major surgery. Rabbitts, J.A., Groenewald, C.B., Ghafari Tai, G., and Palermo, T.M. J Pain. 16(3):226-34, 2015.

Remembering Pain after Surgery: A Longitudinal Examination of the Role of Pain Catastrophizing in Children’s and Parents’ Recall. Noel, M., Rabbitts, J.A., Tai, G.G., and Palermo, T.M. PAIN. 156(5):800-8, 2015.

Trajectories of postsurgical pain in children: risk factors and impact of late pain recovery on long-term health outcomes after major surgery. Rabbitts, J.A., Zhou, C., Groenewald, C.B., Durkin, L.K., Palermo, T.M. PAIN. 156(11):2383-9, 2015.

Systematic review and meta-analysis of parent and family-based interventions for children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions. Law EF, Fisher E, Fales J, Noel M, Eccleston C. J Pediatr Psychol. 2014 Sep;39(8):866-86.

See a full publications list.