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The Palermo lab's research focus is on pain in children. In particular, investigators are studying the interrelationships of pain, sleep and behavioral/psychological factors; psychological and family treatments for pediatric chronic pain management; innovations in technology for pain assessment and intervention (including Internet interventions); and health risk factors and chronic pain.
Dr. Tonya Palermo has an active research program in the area of pediatric chronic and recurrent pain. She is particularly interested in the psychosocial and family factors that affect pain perception, daily functioning and quality of life in children and adolescents. She is an NIH-funded investigator who is currently developing and testing psychological and family interventions for youth with chronic pain. One of her funded research projects is to evaluate an Internet cognitive-behavioral intervention for adolescents with chronic pain recruited from pain clinics across the United States and Canada.