Jillian Miller

Dr. Jillian Miller

Pronouns: She/Her


Assistant Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Faculty of Arts , Department of Psychology

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Full Member

Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, Owerko Centre

Contact information

Web presence

Phone number

Office: 403.955.5768


Lab: ACHB3-421

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Preferred method of communication

If interested in joining the lab, please fill out an application on the PAINS lab website: https://painslab.ca/neuroscience-careers/


Educational Background

BA Honours Psychology, York University, 2008

PhD Neuroscience, University of British Columbia, 2015


Areas of Research

Pediatric Pain

I am a Developmental Neuroscientist in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the University of Calgary. I have been studying pediatric pain in both healthy and clinical populations for over a decade. I have expertise in both acute and chronic pain and the transitions in-between, from infancy through to early adulthood.

I lead the Pediatric Anesthesia, Imaging & Neurodevelopmental Science (PAINS) lab located at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. I am committed to exploring the impact of pain and anesthesia on the developing brain, the mechanisms underlying the development and maintenance of chronic pain in youth, and treatments to manage acute and chronic pain across the lifespan. I use a variety of bio-behavioural methods to explore these research questions, including state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques.

I work on multidisciplinary teams, and prioritize the development of future clinical scientists. The goal of my research is to provide evidence for effective and evidence-based interventions to improve the long-term outcomes of children and their families.

Participation in university strategic initiatives