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University of Calgary



Melanie Noel


Melanie Noel, PhD, RPsych is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary and a Full Member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. She directs the PEAK (Pain Education, Advocacy, Knowledge) Lab within the Vi Riddell Pain & Rehabilitation Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Canada.

Dr. Noel’s expertise is on children’s memories for pain and co-occurring mental health issues and pediatric chronic pain. She published guiding conceptual models of children’s pain memory development, co-occurring PTSD and chronic pain, and fear-avoidance (136 peer-reviewed publications; H index = 35). In recognition of her contributions to advancing knowledge of the psychological aspects of children’s pain, Dr. Noel received early career awards from the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), the Canadian Pain Society, the American Pain Society, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Society of Pediatric Psychology. She was named Avenue Magazine Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 (Class of 2017) and a Killam Emerging Research Leader (2020). She also received the inaugural Killam Memorial Emerging Leader Chair (2021).


Thursday, September 22, 2022

4:30pm EDT6:00pm EDT

The Burden of Not Knowing: The Role of Uncertainty Chronic Pain Disability

Tracks: Mechanisms
Categories: Topical Workshop
Room: 713 A

Learning to predict danger is adaptive; it assists in anticipating and avoiding harm. Given its intrinsically alarming function, pain is…

Friday, September 23, 2022

10:45am EDT12:15pm EDT

The Intersection of Trauma and Pain: Translation across Children, Adults, and Animals

Tracks: Pain In Special Populations
Categories: Topical Workshop, Virtual Program
Room: 718 A

Painful experiences (e.g. surgeries, injuries) can be traumatic for individuals of any age, but adverse experiences and trauma in early…