Paula Forgeron RN PhD
Dr. Forgeron's research focuses on improving pain care (including both acute and chronic types of pain) for children and adolescents and has two foci and she uses both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Her primary focus is on Strengthening Friendships and Peer Relationships of Adolescents with Chronic Pain to explore, understand, determine, and measure the social functioning and friendships and peer relationships of adolescents with chronic pain with the goal of developing and testing interventions to maintain and improve their friendships and peer relationships and health related outcomes. Her secondary focus is on Improving Pain Management for Hospitalized Children and Adolescents Globally to understand the continued barriers and facilitators to pain management for hospitalized children and adolescents to inform the development of sustainable innovative strategies to improve pain care.
Dr. Paula Forgeron is an associate professor at the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa. She is on the Board of Directors of ChildKind International, a global initiative to reduce pain in children’s healthcare institutions. Dr. Forgeron has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years. She received her diploma in nursing from the Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing in Halifax, BScN from Saint Francis Xavier University, Master’s of Nursing from Dalhousie University, and recently her Interdisciplinary PhD from Dalhousie University. She completed postdoctoral training in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at Dalhousie University. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Ottawa she had diverse clinical career, which included working overseas. She also has 10 years experiences working as a clinical nurse specialist on a pediatric complex pain team caring for children experiencing acute and chronic pain and their families. She has received national level funding to support her research .
She has been invited to give over 30 lectures both nationally and internationally, has authored over 20 peer reviewed articles, 4 book chapters, and over given over 35 conference presentations. She has severed on numerous professional committees both in invited and elected positions. She has been the recipient of multiple student awards including a prestigious Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Fellowship and an Early Career Research Grant from the Canadian Pain Society.
Forgeron, P.A., Chorney, J., Carlson, T., Dick, B., & Plante, E. (2015). To Befriend or Not: Naturally
Developing Friendships Amongst a Clinical Group of Adolescents with Chronic Pain. Pain Management
Nursing (in press).
Twycross, A., Forgeron, P. A., & Williams, A. (2015). Paediatric nurses’ post-operative pain management practices in hospital settings: A systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Studies Refereed, 52(4): 836-863.
Forgeron, P. A. & Stinson, J. (2014). Fundamentals of chronic pain in children and young people: Part 2. Nursing Children and Young People, 26(9), 31-36.
Forgeron, P. A. & Stinson, J. (2014) Fundamentals of chronic pain in children and young people: Part 1 Nursing Children and Young People, 26(8), 29-34.
Fales, J. L., & Forgeron, P. A. (2014). The importance of friendships in youth with chronic pain: Developing a research agenda. Pediatric Pain Letter, 16(3), 35-39.
Birnie, K., 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." Pain Research and Management, 19(4), 198-204
Forgeron, P., Evans, J., Mcgrath, P., Stevens, B., & Finley, G. (2013). Living with difference: Exploring the social self of adolescents with chronic pain. Pain Research & Management : The Journal of the Canadian Pain Society = Journal De La Société Canadienne Pour Le Traitement De La Douleur, 18(6), E115-23
Jongudomkarn, D., Forgeron, P., Siripul, P., & Finley, G. (2012). My Child You Must Have Patience and Kreng Jai : Thai Parents and Child Pain. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 44(4), 323-331
Forgeron, P. A., McGrath, P. J., Stevens, B., Evans, J., Dick, B., Finley, G. A., Carlson, T. (2011). Social Information Processing in Adolescents with Chronic Pain: My Friends Don’t Really Understand Me. Pain 152(12): 2771-2780.
Schechter N. L., Finley G. A., Bright N. S., Laycock M., Forgeron P. A. ChildKind: A global initiative to reduce pain in children. Pediatric Pain Letter 2010 (Dec) 12(3).
Forgeron, P. A., King, S., Stinson, J., McGrath, P. J., MacDonald, A. J., Chambers, C. T. (2010). Social functioning and peer relationships in children and adolescents with chronic pain: A systematic review. Pain Research and Management 15(1): 27- 41.
Finley, G. A., Kristjánsdóttir, Ó., Forgeron. P. A. (2009) Cultural influences on the assessment of children’s pain. Pain Research Management 14 (1): 33-37.
Forgeron, P. A., Jonqudomkarn, D., Evans, J., Finley, A., Thienthang, S., Siripul, P., Pairojkul, S., Sriraj, W., Boonyawatanangkool, K. (2009) Pediatric pain management: Thai health professionals’ perspectives. Qualitative Health Research 19 (1): 71-81.
Forgeron, P. A., & McGrath, P. J. (2008). Self-identified needs of adolescents with chronic pain. Journal of Pain Management 1(2): 163-172.
Price, S., Forgeron, P. A., MacConnell, G. G.U.I.D.E: (2008) Graduates United in Dialogue for Excellence. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship 39 (7): 314-318.
Finley, GA, Forgeron, P. A., & Arnaout, M. (2008) Action research: Developing a pediatric cancer pain program in Jordan. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 35 (4): 447-454.
Forgeron, P. A., Finley, G. A. & Arnaout, M. (2006) Pediatric pain prevalence and parents’ attitudes at a cancer hospital in Jordan. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 31 (5): 438-446.
Forgeron, P. A., & Martin-Misner, R. (2005). Parental Intent to Use Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Services in the Emergency Setting. Journal of Advanced Nursing 52 (3): 231-238.
Curran-Smith, J. Abidi, & Forgeron, P. A. (2005). Towards a Collaborative Training Environment for Children’s Pain Management: Leveraging an Online Discussion Forum. Health Informatics Journal 11 (1): 19-31.
Price, S., MacConnell, G., & Forgeron, P. A. (2003). A forum for graduate nursing students. Canadian Nurse 99(8): 14-15.
Taylor, B., MacIntyre, J., Forgeron, P. A. (1999). Trauma recurrence in the pediatric emergency population. The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care 46: 479-482.
Forgeron, P. A., & King, S. (2012). Pain, Social Relationships, and School. In: P.J. McGrath, B. Stevens, S. Walker, & W. Zempsky (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Paediatric Pain, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. (in press)
McGrath, P.J., Forgeron, P. A., & Huget, A. Pain in Infants, Children, and Adolescents. In: M. J. Aminoff & R. D. Daroff (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences 2nd ed. Oxford, UK: Elsevier. (in press)
Forgeron P. A. & McGrath P.J. (2007). Distance Management of Pediatric Pain. In: G. A. Walco & K. R. Goldschneider (Eds.),Pediatric Pain Management in Primary Care: A Practical Guide. Totowa, New Jersey: Humana Press.
Finley G. A., Forgeron P. A. (2006). Developing pain services around the world. In: Finley GA, McGrath PJ, Chambers CT (Eds.):Bringing Pain Relief to Children. Humana Press: Totowa, New Jersey