Student Spotlight

noel-melanieMelanie Noel is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at Dalhousie University under the supervision and mentorship of Christine Chambers, PhD. She is currently completing her predoctoral residency in child psychology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she is receiving research mentorship from Tonya Palermo, PhD.

Noel’s research interests include the long-term impact of pediatric pain and, specifically, the cognitive-affective factors involved in the development of children’s memories for pain and pain trajectories over time. Her successfully defended dissertation research, supported by a Society of Pediatric Psychology Marion and Donald Routh Student Research Grant, was published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, PAIN and Pain Management. She has disseminated her research in 17 articles published in peer-reviewed journals as well as through national and international conferences, media interviews, community lectures and science camps for children.

Noel is committed to the integration of the science and practice of pediatric psychology and is receiving excellent clinical training in pediatric psychology. She is an ad-hoc reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Journal of Pediatric Psychology) and has served on committees dedicated to improving pain management across development. She is a trainee member of Pain in Child Health, a Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and has received exceptional mentorship through this program.

Noel is passionate about the field of pediatric psychology and believes in the integration of science and practice in improving the lives of children across the lifespan. She aims to complete postdoctoral research in the field of pediatric pain and pursue a career as a pediatric psychologist.