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Tonya M. Palermo, PhD

Palermo Group
Tonya M. Palermo, PhD

  • Professor, UW Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
  • Adjunct Professor, UW Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
  • Principal Investigator, Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development, Seattle Children's Research Institute


  • Pain in children — 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)
  • Health risk factors and chronic pain

Honors and Awards

  • 1993 Student Subspecialty Award, Western Society for Clinical Investigation: Behavior and Development
  • 2003 American Pain Society Young Investigator Travel Award, APS 22nd Scientific Meeting
  • 2003 American Pain Society, Citation Poster: Child/Developmental
  • 2008 Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management Award, American Pain Society
  • 2008 Fellow, American Psychological Association (Division 54, Society of Pediatric Psychology)

Current Memberships

  • 1993—American Psychological Association, Division 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology) Offices Held: Member-at-Large: Student/Trainee Development (2007-2009), President-Elect (2011)
  • 1998—International Association for the Study of Pain; Special Interest Group: Pain in Childhood
  • 1999—Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • 2001—American Pain Society; Special Interest Group: Pain in Infants, Children, and Adolescents Offices Held: Chair, Special Interest Group: Pain in Infants, Children, and Adolescents (2009-2012)
    Member, Nominating Committee (2011-2013)
  • 2002—Sleep Research Society

Current Funding

Selected Publications