Please email rehablabUNB@gmail.com to request more information or to express interest. See official advert above (enlarged text below).
A team of researchers at the University of New Brunswick, led by Dr. Diane LaChapelle, is interested in hearing your first-hand account of how living with chronic pain has impacted your life within your police organization. If you are an English speaking man or woman aged 21 or over, live with chronic pain (>3 months), and are currently working as an RCMP officer, you can participate in this study.
Participating will involve completing a very brief questionnaire (e.g., your age, type of chronic pain) and taking part in an audiotaped individual interview (about an hour) all over the telephone. Any information you provide will be strictly confidential; no identifying information will be disclosed. Our research lab is not affiliated with any police service. As a thank-you for your time, you will be given a $20 e-gift card.
If you would like more information about the study or to participate in this study, please contact our research team at rehablabUNB@gmail.com.
This study is on file with the Research Ethics Board of the University of New Brunswick (File number 2017-131.)
Spreading the word: Partnering with Uber-blogger Julie Ryan helps get research info into the hands of persons with pain!
Knowledge translation is a concept familiar to all researchers, especially those working in health-related fields. Historically, researchers have often struggled to bridge the gap between academic publishing and actually getting the knowledge gained from research into the hands of those who can benefit from it directly in an accessible way. Anyone who has ever attempted to read an academic journal article can attest to the fact that sometimes these articles assume you have substantial background knowledge. These articles can be fairly intimidating and difficult to decipher for the average person without a doctorate degree.
One way we're trying to 'spread the word' about our research findings is by sharing our publications and presentations from academic conferences with Julie Ryan, a well-established blogger with a lot of knowledge and know-how in the chronic pain community. Below is a direct link to her site (Counting My Spoons), and a link to her latest blog that incorporated some of the lab's research on acceptance. Given her interest in research and skills at making academic work more accessible, she's worth a look!
Rehab Lab going to Canadian Sex Research Forum- people with chronic pain are an important part of the discussion!
Congratulations to Kendra, Laurel, and Lyndsay who will be presenting research exploring how sex and intimacy affect persons' with pain's willingness to pursue relationships, and how sex is discussed online via electronic support groups at this year's Canadian Sex Research Forum in Quebec City. Given that one in five Canadians is affected by chronic pain, we're really excited to put some emphasis on the needs and experiences of persons with pain in this context! We're also excited (and a little bashful) to see what's happening in the world of sex research. Look out Canadian Sex Researchers, here we come!
Everyone has encountered a particularly stressful time in their life when 'overwhelmed' seems to be a bit too gentle to describe the experience. Recently, this humble student was reminded that 'performing' during these periods of high stress isn't something only athletes and pop stars experience. Performing is something we all do to some degree, including persons with pain who often try to hide their struggle (e.g., stressing when seeing a new doctor, struggling with exercise). Although I struggled in my moment of frustration and misery to grasp the relevance of a wise man's words about coaches and athletes 'leaning in' to distress, I later found this reference to be super relevant, fairly comforting and perhaps even a little empowering.
Encouragement to 'lean in' was actually tremendously helpful I think because it didn't invalidate or minimize the fear and misery I was feeling. Instead, 'lean in' conveyed empathy (this really is stressful/painful for you and failure will hurt) while encouraging me to invest my energy to face the challenge rather than in fighting/avoiding my fear and frustration (and ultimately my own sense of vulnerability). Leaning into fears makes us a little more comfortable with those strong feelings and a bit more accepting of being a flawed, normal human. Regardless of whether pain is a part of your life or not, practicing 'leaning in' is something we can all benefit from :)
Click the picture below to learn more about 'leaning in'
Lab Director Dr. Diane LaChapelle wins prestigious 2016 Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs Award for Excellence in Professional Training!
-Lyndsay Crump (Ph.D. student in clinical program)
Diane wears many hats within our department here at UNB. New students typically encounter her 'evidence-based adult assessment' course as their first foray into graduate level courses, and later finish their coursework with her 'evidence-based practice' capstone course before writing their comprehensive exam. Diane's organization,expertise, and willingness to donate time and energy to making sure we understand the material in her role as teacher is something we really appreciate. Besides her busy teaching schedule and supervision (we undergrad and graduate students can suck up a lot of her time), Diane also serves as our department's Director of Clinical Training.This administrative role comes with a lot of responsibility and requires a lot of time and dedication behind the scenes that we students often forget to thank her for. Essentially, Diane makes sure we all continue to progress through our program, deals with individual bumps that come up along the ride, makes sure the program stays current with evidence-based practice (and incorporates the needs and values of students), and in essence strives to prepare us to be great candidates for internship (our match rate here in excellent).
This past year, the graduate students of the clinical psychology doctoral program secretly nominated Diane (with the full support of the faculty) for the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Program's Award for Excellence in Professional Training (Academic). Diane's extraordinary efforts and commitment to keeping UNB's clinical program among the best in the country does not go unnoticed by our students and faculty, so we were thrilled to learn the CCPPP also recognizes how exceptional she is!
A massive congratulations to Dr. Diane LaChapelle for this very well-deserved recognition!
Supportive, stable romantic relationships can help buffer some of the negative effects of chronic pain (depression, financial stress). In our research, however, we've noticed that physical intimacy can be a challenging area to navigate for persons with chronic pain. Kendra Wasson and Laurel Kasper, two of our lab's fantastic undergraduate student researchers, and Lyndsay (doctoral student) are hoping to present their research at this year's Canadian Sex Research Forum in Quebec City! This is a great way to stimulate discussion about this important part of many relationships that often get dismissed for persons with pain! Fingers crossed!
The research we do in our lab affords us many opportunities to speak with persons who experience chronic pain. It's actually quite rare to find one that isn't aware of at least one negative stereotype about persons with pain. Dr. Diane LaChapelle, our lab director, has actually done quite a bit of research on this topic. Rather that re-invent the wheel, we've attached a link to the article for those wishing to learn more! Just click the Chatelaine bunny to see the article "The scary truth about our pain problem". Thanks to Chatelaine for covering this important topic!