• Bennett, Susan M.

    Titles

    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of British of Columbia

    Degrees / Designations

    Ph.D., R.Psych

    Primary Area of Research
    Brain, Behaviour & Development
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Phone
    604-875-2147 or 604-875-2345, local 5166
    Fax
    604-875-3230
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
    950 West 28th Avenue
    Vancouver, BC  V5Z 4H4

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas

    Pediatric chronic pain.

    Summary
    Current Projects
    Current research project: Pain101: Cognitive Behavioural Group Treatment for Adolescents with Chronic and Recurrent Pain

    This study evaluates treatment outcome following a four session group-treatment for adolescents with chronic  pain syndromes, and their parents. Pain101 is a condensed and modified version of a program successfully implemented at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Alberta . 

    Participants are 12-17 year olds referred to the Complex Pain Service or Medical Psychology Program at BC Children's Hospital (BCCH). Teaching topics and experiential exercises cover: setting realistic goals, mind-body strategies for pain and sleep, paced return to physical activity, handling setbacks, and building a community care team.

    Self-report and parent-report measures of pain, ability to perform regular daily activities, mental health, quality of life, sleep, and hope are completed before and after treatment, and are repeated at 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-up intervals. It is expected that improvements will be incremental over time, as the teens and their families find the strategies and the care team that works best for them.
    Selected Publications

    Ho, G.H.Y., Bennett, S.M., Cox, D., Poole, G. (2008) Brief Report : Cognitive functioning and academic achievement in children and adolescents with chronic pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 311-316. PMID: 18653661

    Grants

    Research Innovation Fund - Psychology, BC Children's Hospital - 2013

    Honours & Awards
    • Excellence in Education Award - Children's & Women's Health Centre - 2004 & 2008
    • Media Festival Award - General Audience - 2006
    Research Group Members
    • Dr. Erin Moon, Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow - August 2012 to September 2013
    • Dr. Penny Sneddon, Psychologist, BCCH Medical Psychology and Clinical Investigator, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute