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Investigator, CHEO Research Institute
Vice Dean Professional Affairs, Faculty of Health Sciences
Associate Professor, School of Nursing,
University of Ottawa
Adjunct Associate Professor of Anaesthesia,
Dalhousie University
613-562-5800 Ext. 8420
Current Research:
Dr. Forgeron clinically based research program has two foci. Her primary research focus is on the social functioning and peer relationships/friendships of adolescents with chronic pain. Her doctoral research produced some of the first studies to examine the friendships adolescents with chronic pain and reported that an adolescent’s chronic pain experience influences their friendships and their friendships influence their chronic pain experience. Her current studies focus on developing a better understands these key relationships to define the factors involved in order to develop and test interventions to improve social function of adolescents with chronic pain. Her second research focus is to examine barriers and facilitators to pain care practices in hospitalized children and determine the knowledge translation strategies to improve their pain care globally.
Research Team:
  • Danniella Battagin - Trainee (undergraduate nursing student)
  • Karina Czechowski - Research Assistant
  • Bill Dagg - Trainee (Master’s of Nursing Student/CHEO staff RN
  • Andrea Higginson - Trainee (Master’s of Nursing Student/CHEO APN)
  • Jenna O’Reilly - Trainee (undergraduate nursing student)
  • Victoria Pizzamiglio - Trainee (undergraduate nursing student)
  • Jessica Reszel - Research Coordinator
  • Erika Rudnicki - Research Assistant
  • Nelson Skinner - Trainee (undergraduate nursing student)
Dr. Forgeron is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Vice Dean, Professional Affairs for the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa. Prior to joining the faculty she had diverse clinical career including being a clinical nurse specialist on a pediatric complex pain team. She has been the principle investigator and or co-investigator on national and international grants and has been an invited lecturer nationally and internationally. She was the inaugural recipient the Canada Pain Society New Investigator Grant for Clinical Research and has received several student awards including a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Fellowship. She is also a Board of Directors member for ChildKind International, which is an association focused on a global initiative to reduce hospitalized children’s pain. (
Sample Publications:
Ismail A1, Forgeron P2, Polomeno V2, Gharaibeh H3, Harrison D2. Pain Management Practice and Guidelines in Jordanian Pediatric Intensive Care Units. Pain Manag Nurs. 2017 Nov 15. pii: S1524-9042(16)30181-3. doi: 10.1016/j.pmn.2017.07.004. [Epub ahead of print]
Ismail A1, Squires J2, Forgeron P2, Polomeno V2, Gharaibeh H3, Harrison D2. The Influence of Context on Utilizing Research Evidence for Pain Management in Jordanian Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU). J Pediatr Nurs. 2017 Nov 2. pii: S0882-5963(16)30477-8. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2017.10.012. [Epub ahead of print]

Bernardes SF1, Forgeron P, Fournier K, Reszel J. Beyond solicitousness: a comprehensive review on informal pain-related social support. Pain. 2017 Nov;158(11):2066-2076. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001033.

Forgeron P1, Higginson A2, Truskoski C2. Departure from Pediatric Care: Transitioning of Adolescents with Chronic Pain to Adult Care. Pain Manag Nurs. 2017 Oct;18(5):273-277. doi: 10.1016/j.pmn.2017.05.001. Epub 2017 Aug 1.
Ahola Kohut S1,2, Stinson J1,2, Forgeron P3, Luca S1, Harris L1. Been There, Done That: The Experience of Acting as a Young Adult Mentor to Adolescents Living With Chronic Illness. J Pediatr Psychol. 2017 Oct 1;42(9):962-969. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsx062.

Ahola Kohut S1,2, Stinson J1,2, Forgeron P3, van Wyk M1, Harris L1, Luca S1 A qualitative content analysis of peer mentoring video calls in adolescents with chronic illness. J Health Psychol. 2016 Sep 1:1359105316669877. doi: 10.1177/1359105316669877. [Epub ahead of print]

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