Tonya Palermo, PhD USA Professor, Center for Child Health, Behavior & Development | Seattle Children’s Research Institute

Tonya Palermo

Pain Prevention and Management Must Begin in Childhood: The Key Role of Psychological Interventions

Monday, 28 June | 09:05–09:30

Tonya Palermo, PhD is a pediatric psychologist and Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at University of Washington with adjunct appointments in Pediatrics and Psychiatry. She also serves as Associate Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. She directs the Pediatric Pain & Sleep Innovations Lab that aims to improve the lives of children with pain and their families through developing, evaluating, and disseminating innovative treatments that can be delivered at low cost.  She is particularly interested in psychosocial and family factors that affect pain perception and daily functioning in children and adolescents. She is an NIH-funded investigator who is currently developing and testing psychological and family interventions (including eHealth and mHealth interventions) for youth with chronic pain. Dr. Palermo has published over 220 peer-reviewed articles and two books on cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain in children and adolescents. Dr. Palermo is active in training clinician-scientists at the postdoctoral and junior faculty level. Dr. Palermo serves on the Executive Board of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, serves as Editor for the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, and has been elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association.