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Opportunities to Understand Childhood Hurt Laboratory

Lab Updates 2020

Congratulations to Lab Director Rebecca Pillai Riddell on her 2020 Canadian Pain Society Outstanding Mentorship Award.

Hannah Gennis (Current SSHRC Doctoral Fellow) continues her dissertation work on understanding pain-related distress regulation behaviours during vaccination in the second year of life.

Shaylea Badovinac (Current CIHR CGS Doctoral Fellow) continues her dissertation work exploring how parents influence toddlers’ pain-related distress and regulation during vaccination.

Congratulations to Ilana Shiff on receiving an HSBC Bank of Canada Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and a Meighen Wright Foundation Maternal-Health Graduate Scholarship.

Congratulations to Monica O'Neill (Former CIHR CGS Doctoral Fellow) on completing an internship at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and successfully defending her dissertation in December 2020. Her dissertation included two published papers on caregiver-child relations and attachment (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0245061; doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002091).

OUCH Lab is thrilled to welcome Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Cheryl Chow from McMaster University.

Congratulations to Miranda DiLorenzo (Former CIHR CGS Doctoral Fellow) on receiving an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and a Meighen Wright Foundation Maternal-Child Health Graduate Scholarship.

Congratulations to Oana Bucsea (Former SSHRC CGS Master’s Fellow) on being awarded a CIHR Doctoral Fellowship to examine caregiver premature infants’ pain responses and ability to regulate from pain-related distress.

Congratulations to Dr. Jordana Waxman (Former CIHR CGS Doctoral Fellow) on successfully defending her dissertation and winning the 2020 Outstanding Dissertation Award for the department of Psychology. Her dissertation included a series of three published papers on behavioural and cardiac responses to infants in pain over the second year of life (doi: 10.1177/0165025420922618; doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001840;


Welcome to the Opportunities to Understand Childhood Hurt (O.U.C.H.) Laboratory website. The Lab is run by Dr. Rebecca Pillai Riddell, a Full Professor at York University (Department of Psychology), an Honorary Professor at University College London (Department of Neuroscience, Physiology, and Pharmacology), a Scientific Staff member at Sick Kids (Department of Psychiatry Research), and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Toronto (Department of Psychiatry). Our Laboratory primarily focuses on understanding how caregivers and children interact within the context of pain. Our research is performed in a variety of settings from our lab space on the York University Campus to the Neonatal Intensive Care Units of major hospitals within North America and beyond.

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