Heather Shearer DC MSc FCCS(c) PhD (candidate)

Program of Study: PhD, Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research

Institution: University of Toronto (UofT)

Project Title: Understanding short-term pain trajectories and how they impact self-reported well-being in children and youth with cerebral palsy: A cohort study


Project Background: In children and youth with cerebral palsy (CP), pain is frequently chronic and a main risk factor for poor well-being. However, we know very little about the evolution of pain in these individuals; ​

in particular, we lack knowledge about daily pain fluctuations (short-term pain trajectories) and their impact on well-being. Furthering the understanding of this relationship will improve pain management for children and youth with CP and enhance well-being.


Project Objectives: 

In a cohort of individuals with cerebral palsy between the ages of 8 and 18 years, attending services at two large pediatric treatment centers in Ontario, we aim to:


1) Identify short-term fluctuations in pain (pain trajectories) over a four-week time period; and


2) Determine whether pain trajectories impact self-reported physical, psychological and social well-being five weeks post-baseline measurement.


Funding Source:  

  1. This project has been made possible by Brain Canada through the Canada Brain Research Fund, with the financial support of Health Canada.​

  2. Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Internal Research Support Fund (IRSF)

  3. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award 


  • Dr. Pierre Côté

  • Dr. Darcy Fehlings

  • Dr. Sheilah Hogg-Johnson

  • Dr. Patricia McKeever

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