Who we are

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We value each member of our team and welcome our differences, as we believe that embracing our diverse experiences and perspectives is crucial to advancing our mission and making a positive impact on the lives of those with a chronic or catastrophic illness.

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What we do

A multimodal and multidisciplinary approach

We use several key methods in our work including comprehensive pain and symptom assessment, user-centered design, and mixed methods approaches. In doing so, we collaborate with experts across several fields including: oncology, hematology, anesthesiology, epidemiology, and biostatistics.

Leveraging digital health to create accessible and effective interventions.

We use digital health approaches to develop and test innovative interventions targeting chronic pain and psychological outcomes. In doing so, our team has established a versatile repertoire of digital health expertise pertaining to wearables, app-based tools and interventions, and Internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy (ICBT).

Learning from lived experience

As individuals with lived experience are the true experts on what it feels like to live with a catastrophic or chronic disease, we believe that their input and collaboration is invaluable to the projects we conduct. Asking, learning, and exploring what matters to patients and families is at the core of how we research.

Why we study

Shining the spotlight on pain management and emotional wellbeing

Over the past 50 years, chronic and catastrophic health conditions among youth and adults have steadily risen. Pain and distress are common and often debilitating symptoms experienced by individuals living with these conditions. Despite this, our understanding of who is most at risk for experiencing these symptoms and associated disability is limited. Moreover, there is widely varying access to psychological treatments used to target pain and distress. Through our work, we aim to help fill these knowledge and treatment gaps for youth and adults living with medical conditions.

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