Katie Birnie

Dr. Kathryn (Katie) 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

Full Member

O'Brien Institute for Public Health

Contact information


Alberta Children's Hospital: 3rd floor

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 Mobilization
Mental Health
Psychosocial outcomes

Dr. Birnie’s patient-oriented research program focuses on designing and mobilizing evidence-based solutions for pain experienced by children, adolescents, and their families. Her research span the knowledge-to-action continuum including creating new knowledge, synthesizing existing evidence, and mobilizing knowledge to inform health practice and policy. Dr. Birnie collaborates with diverse expert teams (patients, families, decisionmakers, health professional, policymakers) to co-design and evaluate interventions and health services in pain and/or child health. 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 health professionals for pediatric chronic pain research and care in the #PartneringForPain project. Her focus on knowledge mobilization, patient partnership, and implementation science aligns with her role as Associate 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.

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Partnering For Pain projects

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