Melanie Noel, PhD, RPsych is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary and a Full Member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. She directs the Alberta Childrens Pain Research Lab within the Vi Riddell Pain & Rehabilitation Centre at the Alberta Childrens Hospital in Canada.Dr. Noels expertise is on childrens memories for pain and co-occurring mental health issues and pediatric chronic pain. She published guiding conceptual models of childrens pain memory development, co-occurring PTSD and chronic pain, and fear-avoidance. In recognition of her contributions to advancing knowledge of the psychological aspects of childrens pain, Dr. Noel received early career awards from the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), the Canadian Pain Society, the American Pain Society, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Society of Pediatric Psychology. She was named Avenue Magazine Calgarys Top 40 Under 40 (Class of 2017) and a Killam Emerging Research Leader (2020).
Dr. Noel is an advocate for the use of developmentally tailored psychological interventions for pediatric pain management and serves on committees to promote and implement evidence-based interventions within her childrens hospital and beyond. As an evidence lead on the Help Eliminate Pain in Kids and Adults team, Dr. Noel co-authored clinical practice guidelines for pain and fear management for vaccine injections. Many of these recommendations were adopted by the World Health Organization.Dr. Noel has broad clinical experience spanning both child-clinical (mental health) and pediatric (coping in the context of illness or injury) psychology and is fascinated by the role of parents and family in children’s mental and physical health. Particular clinical interests include pediatric acute and chronic pain (cognitive-behavioral and acceptance based therapies), emotion dysregulation (dialectical behavior therapy), and chronic illness.