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Dr. Kenneth Craig

craig_kenDr. Kenneth Craig is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of British Columbia.  His research seeks to expand our understanding of pain by examining psychological and social parameters. Pain is often not recognized, inadequately assessed, underestimated, and either poorly managed or ignored.  The social environment determines whether an individual is exposed to pain, how it is experienced and expressed and how others assess and treat the individual.  Dr. Craig has explored how family and cultural environments influence children’s appraisals and emotional reactions during pain, how various forms of verbal and nonverbal communication inform others about the nature and severity of an individual’s pain and how health care professionals and others assess and make decisions concerning care delivery.  

He currently has several areas of interest:  a) pain assessment in infants, children and populations with a limited ability to communicate, b) the distinction between automatic/reflexive and purposive/controlled pain expression, c) the relative importance of different cues and displays for accurate and biased observer judgments, and d) the application of computer vision and machine learning technologies to the objective assessment of pain.  

Dr. Craig is a past-president of the Canadian Pain Society and the Canadian Psychological Association as well as former editor-in-chief of Pain Research & Management. His research, advocacy and professional contributions have led to numerous awards, including appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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