Paula Forgeron, PhD, RN

Dr. Paula Forgeron is an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa. Dr. Forgeron has been a Registered Nurse for 29 years. She received her diploma in nursing from the Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing in Halifax, BScN from Saint Francis Xavier University, Master’s of Nursing from Dalhousie University, and recently her Interdisciplinary PhD from Dalhousie University. She completed postdoctoral training in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at Dalhousie University.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Ottawa she had a diverse clinical career, which included working overseas. She also has 10 years experiences working as a clinical nurse specialist on a pediatric complex pain team caring for children experiencing acute and chronic pain and their families. She has been a co-investigator on several national and international research grants. She has received several grants as Principal Investigator and has been invited to give over 30 lectures both nationally and internationally. She has authored 15 peer reviewed articles, 4 book chapters, and over 25 conference presentations. She has served on numerous professional committees both in invited and elected positions. She has been the recipient of multiple student awards including a prestigious Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Fellowship.

Dr. Forgeron’s program of research has two main foci using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. One is to examine the social functioning of adolescents with chronic pain, particularly their friendships, to better understand these relationships and define the issues, with the goal being the development and testing of social strategies to improve function and friendships for adolescents with pain. The other is to examine the processes needed to improve pain care for hospitalized children and families in low and middle-income countries.