Kathryn Birnie PhD

Kathryn (Katie) Birnie is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Stinson. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University in 2016. Dr. Birnie’s research focuses on the assessment and management of pediatric acute and chronic pain. She has published in the areas of parent and family factors in pediatric pain, psychological interventions for procedural pain, use of experimental methods in pediatric pain, and pain experiences of hospitalized children. Major postdoctoral projects include the development of a smartphone app for adolescent self-management of postoperative pain, and the transition from acute to chronic pain. She is also working clinically with the Pediatric Chronic Pain Team at SickKids.


University of Toronto

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Principal Department/Program:

Nursing / Postdoctoral Fellowship

Principal Hospital Appointment:

Postdoctoral Fellow at SickKids


Dr. Jennifer Stinson

Key Publications:

Birnie, K.A., Chambers, C.T., Chorney, J., Fernandez, C.V., & McGrath, P.J. (2016). A multi-informant multi-method investigation of family functioning and parent-child coping during children’s acute pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Advance online access. Birnie, K.A., Chambers, C.T., Chorney, J., Fernandez, C.V., & McGrath, P.J. (2016). Dyadic analysis of child and parent trait and state pain catastrophizing in the process of children’s pain communication. Pain, 157, 938-948. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000461 Birnie, K.A., Parker, J.A., & Chambers, C.T. (2016). Relevance of water temperature, apparatus, and age to children’s pain during the cold pressor task. Pain Practice, 16(1), 46-56. doi: 10.1111/papr.12257 Birnie, K.A., Noel, M., Parker, J.A., Chambers, C.T., Uman, L.S., Kisely, S.R. & McGrath, P.J. (2014). Systematic review and meta-analysis: Distraction and hypnosis for needle-related pain and distress in children and adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39(8), 783-808. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsu029 Birnie, K.A., Chambers, C.T., Fernandez, C.V., Forgeron, P.A., Latimer, M.A., McGrath, P.J., Cummings, E.A., & Finley, G.A. (2014). Hospitalized children continue to report undertreated and preventable pain. Pain Research and Management, 19(4), 198-204.