Kathryn (Katie) Birnie, PhD RPsych is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is also the Assistant Scientific Director of Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP), a Canadian knowledge mobilization network that seeks to bridge the gap between current treatment practices and available evidence-based solutions for children’s pain through coordination and collaboration. Dr. Birnie completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University and the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at the IWK Health Centre, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children.
Dr. Birnie’s research program uses patient-oriented research methods to improve assessment and management of acute and chronic pain experienced by children, adolescents, and their families. Dr. Birnie has supported individuals living with pain and their families through direct clinical care at hospitals across Canada (Alberta Children’s Hospital, SickKids, University Health Network, IWK Health Centre). She is a strong advocate for the partnership of patients and families in health research, health care delivery, and health systems design.