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Rebecca Pillai Riddell



Department: Psychology
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Research Interests

Dr. Pillai Riddell's research focus transcends traditional disciplinary silos. Her work sets out to better understand the biological, psychological, and social mechanisms subsuming the development of pain responses in young children. Alongside an ongoing longitudinal cohort study of healthy infants and toddlers during an acute pain situation (vaccination), she is leading a large multi-national team in their pursuit of an artificial intelligence tool to objectively measure infant pain. 

Published Manuscripts (Select Publications)

Waxman, J., DiLorenzo, M., Pillai Riddell, R., Flora, D., Schmidt L, et al. Investigating convergence of cardiac and behavioral indicators of distress during routine vaccinations over the second year of life. (in press). Developmental Psychobiology

Laudano-Dray, M.P., Pillai Riddell, R., Jones, L., Iyer, R., Whitehead, K., Fitzgerald, M., Fabrizi, L., Meek, J., (2020; in press). Quantification of neonatal procedural pain severity: A platform for estimating total pain burden in individual infants. Pain

Waxman J., DiLorenzo, M., Pillai Riddell, R., Flora, D., Schmidt L, et al. (in press) An examination of the reciprocal and concurrent relationships between behavioural and cardiac indicators of acute pain in toddlerhood. Pain 

Bucsea, O, Pillai Riddell, R. (2019). Nociception and the newborn brain: non-pharmacological approaches to pain management. Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 24(4), 101017. doi: 10.1016/j.siny.2019.05.009

O’Neill, M., Ahola Kohut, S., Pillai Riddell, R., & Oster, H. (2019). Age related differences in the acute pain facial expression during infancy. European Journal of Pain, 23(9), 1596-1607. doi: 10.1002/ejp.1436

Di Lorenzo, M., Pillai Riddell, R., Flora, D., & Craig, K. (2018). Infant Clinical Pain Assessment: Core Behavioural Cues. Journal of Pain, 19(9),1024-1032. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2018.03.016. Epub 2018 Apr 12.

Gennis, H., Pillai Riddell, R., O’Neill, M., Katz, J., Taddio, A., Garfield, H., & Greenberg, S. (2018). Parental psychological distress moderates the impact of a video intervention to help parents manage young child vaccination pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 43(10),1170-1178. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsy058

Pillai Riddell, R., O’Neill, M., Campbell, L., Taddio, A., Greenberg, S., & Garfield, H. (2018). The ABCD's of pain management: A double-blind randomized controlled trial for a brief educational video for parents of young children undergoing vaccination. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 43(3), 224–233, doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsx122 

Badovinac, S., Martin, J., Guérin-Marion, C., O’Neill, M., Pillai Riddell, R., Bureau, J-F., & Spiegel, R. (2018). Associations between mother-preschooler attachment and maternal depression symptoms: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS ONE, 13(10), e0204374. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0204374

Campbell, L., Pillai Riddell, R., Cribbie, C., Garfield, H., & Greenberg, S. (2017). Preschool children's coping responses and outcomes in the vaccination context: child and caregiver transactional and longitudinal relationships. Pain, 159(2), 314-330.doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001092.