Kathryn Birnie

Dr. Kathryn Birnie, PhD RPsych

Pronouns: she/her


Assistant Professor

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

Assistant Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences

Associate Scientific Director

Solutions for Kids in Pain

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

One Child Every Child Impact, Value & Knowledge Mobilization Member

University of Calgary

I'm looking for...

Research partners

Seeking graduate students or postdoctoral fellows in Community Health Sciences, Clinical Psychology, and/or Medical Sciences, patient partners (youth, family members), and community partners,


Areas of Research

Health Services Research
Knowledge Translation
Mental Health
Psychosocial outcomes

Dr. Birnie’s research focuses on improving the assessment and management of acute, postsurgical, and chronic pain experienced by children, adolescents, and their families. Her research span the knowledge-to-action continuum including creating new knowledge, synthesizing existing evidence, and translating knowledge to inform health practice and policy. Dr. Birnie collaborates with multi-stakeholder teams (patients, families, decision-makers, healthcare providers) to co-design and evaluate psychological interventions and health services in pain. She is a strong advocate for the partnership of patients and families in health research, health care delivery, and health systems design.

Dr. Birnie’s research program is guided, in part, by top priorities identified by patients, families, and healthcare providers for pediatric chronic pain research and care in the #PartneringForPain project. Her focus on knowledge translation, patient engagement, and implementation science aligns with her role as Assistant Scientific Director of Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP), a national knowledge mobilization network working to improve evidence-based children’s pain management through coordination and collaboration.

Current key projects include: co-designing pediatric transitional pain services to prevent the development of chronic pain after surgery; evaluating implementation of psychological interventions for pediatric pain; designing and evaluating psychological interventions for parents in pediatric pain care.

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Partnering For Pain lab projects

Learn more about all of the ongoing projects in our lab at https://partneringforpain.com/projects/