Qualitative Research and Pain: Current Controversies

Perri R. Tutelman (Clinical Psychology PhD Candidate, Dalhousie University) is a PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University and the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at the IWK Health Centre. Perri’s research is focused on understanding the pain experiences of children with cancer across the disease trajectory using qualitative and experimental pain methods. Her other research interests include the role of families in children’s pain, patient engagement in health research, and implementation science. Perri has received funding from numerous national and provincial organizations for her research including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship program, the Killam Trusts, and the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute. Perri has published several qualitative studies that explore the lived experiences of patients, families, and healthcare providers in the areas of pain and serious illness. She actively mentors graduate students interested in qualitative methods and is thrilled to be co-guest editing the Special Issue on Qualitative Research and Pain for the Canadian Journal of Pain.