Melanie Noel is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary, a Full Member of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute (Behaviour and the Developing Brain Theme), and an Associate Member of the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education. Prior to launching her research lab within the Vi Riddell Children's Pain and Rehabilitation Centre at the Alberta Children's Hospital, Dr. Noel received training in pediatric acute and chronic pain research in Canada and the United States.
Dr. Noel’s research expertise is in the area of children’s memories for pain and co-occurring mental health issues and pediatric chronic pain. She has published conceptual psychological models of children’s pain memory development, co-occurring PTSD and chronic pain, and fear-avoidance. Her current research is funded by a Society of Pediatric Psychology Targeted Research Grant, an American Pain Society Future Leaders in Pain Research Grant, the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR). She is also a co-investigator on the Canadian Institutes of Health Research SPOR ‘Chronic Pain Network’, a cross-national group of chronic pain researchers and patients. In recognition of her contributions to advancing knowledge of the psychological aspects of children’s pain, Dr. Noel was named the most recent recipient of the Canadian Pain Society Early Career Award and the Canadian Psychological Association President’s New Researcher Award.
Dr. Noel is an advocate for the use of developmentally tailored psychological interventions for pediatric pain management and serves on committees to assess, promote, and implement evidence-based interventions within her children’s hospital and beyond. She is a member of the SPOR Pediatric Pain Registry sub-committee and a national collaborator on the Pain in Child Health Strategic Training Initiative. As an evidence lead on the HELPinKids&Adults (Help Eliminate Pain in Kids and Adults) team, Dr. Noel co-authored clinical practice guidelines for pain and fear management for vaccine injections across the lifespan. Many of these recommendations were adopted by the World Health Organization.
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