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Melanie Noel

  • Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Dr. Melanie Noel is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Calgary and a full member of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute. Her research expertise is in pediatric pain. She conducts research through the Vi Riddell Children's Pain and Rehabilitation Centre at Alberta Children's Hospital. After completing an MSc in Experimental Developmental Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Dr. Noel completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University under the mentorship of Christine Chambers, PhD. She completed her pre-doctoral residency in clinical psychology (child track) at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children's Hospital. Following residency, she completed a CIHR-funded post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric pain research under the mentorship of Tonya Palermo, PhD.  Over the past decade, Dr. Noel has developed close collaborations with pediatric pain researchers across the world including Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia.

Dr. Noel's research expertise is in the area of children's anxiety/fear and pain memories as cognitive-affective mechanisms underlying trajectories of pediatric pain. The overarching aim of her research is to understand and harness the influence of cognitive-behavioral factors on children’s pain trajectories using developmental frameworks. Dr. Noel's research covers the areas of acute (e.g., painful medical procedures, experimental pain in the lab) and chronic (i.e., pain lasting for at least 3 months) pain in a variety of clinical and healthy populations (e.g., vaccination, venipunctures, surgery, chronic pain, emergency care). She employs a variety of novel experimental (lab-based) and clinical methodologies as well as quantitative and qualitative approaches. She is committed to applying a developmental framework to her research and examining the broader sociocultural influences that are unique to pain in childhood. Particular emphasis is on the powerful role of parents in shaping children's pain experiences and how they are invariably affected by children's suffering and alternatively, resilience. Current research interests and projects include: children's and parents' pain memory development following major surgery and the role of memories in transition to chronicity; parent and child narratives about pain; co-occurrence of trauma and pediatric pain; vaccination pain and fear management across the lifespan; children's cognitive and social development and pain memory development.

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. 

Publications

1. Noel, M., Vinall, J., Tomfohr-Madsen, L., Holley, A. L., Wilson, A. C., & Palermo, T. M. (in press). Sleep mediates the relationship between PTSD symptoms and chronic pain in youth. Journal of Pain.

2. Noel, M., Rabbitts, J. A., Fales, J., Chorney, J., & Palermo, T M. (2017). The influence of pain memories on adolescents' post-surgical pain experience: a longitudinal dyadic analysis. Health Psychology. http://content.apa.org/record/2017-31606-001

3. Noel, M., McMurtry, C. M., Pavlova, M., & Taddio A. (2017). Brief report: A systematic review and meta-analysis of pediatric memory reframing interventions for needle procedures. Pain Practice. DOI: 10.1111/papr.12572. Available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/papr.12572/full

4. Durrand, H., Birnie, K. A., Noel, M., Vervoort, T., Goubert, L., Boerner, K. E., Chambers, C. T., & Caes, L. (2017). State versus trait: Validating state assessment of child and parental catastrophic thinking about child pain. Journal of Pain, 18(4), 385-395.

5. Kwan, V., Hagen, G., Noel, M., Dobson, K., & Yeates, K. (2017). Healthcare at your fingertips: The professional ethics of smartphone health-monitoring applications. Ethics and Behaviour Journal.

6. Noel, M., Pavlova, M., McCallum, L., & Vinall, J. (2017). Remembering the hurt of childhood: a psychological review and call for future research. Canadian Psychology, 58(1), 58-68.

7. Vinall, J., Pavlova, M., Asmundson, G. J. C., Rasic, N., & Noel, M. (2016). Mental health comorbidities in pediatric chronic pain: a narrative review of epidemiology, models, neurobiology and treatment. Children, 3(4), 1-31.

8. Holley, A. L., Wilson, A. C., Noel, M., & Palermo, T. M. (2016). Post-traumatic stress symptoms in children and adolescents with chronic pain: A topical review of the literature and a proposed framework for future research. Eur J Pain, 20(9), 1371-1383.

9. Jaaniste, T., Noel, M., & von Baeyer, C. L. (2016). Young children’s ability to report on past, future and hypothetical pain states: A cognitive-developmental perspective. Pain, 157(11), 2399-2409.

10. McMurtry, C. M., Taddio, A., Noel, M., Antony, M. M., Chambers, C. T., Asmundson, G. J., Pillai Riddell, R., Shah, V., MacDonald, N. E., Rogers, J., Bucci, L. M., Mousmanis, P., Lang, E., Halperin, S., Bowles, S., Halpert, C., Ipp, M., Rieder, M. J., Robson, K., Uleryk, E., Votta Bleeker, E., Dubey, V., Hanrahan, A., Lockett, D., & Scott, J. (2016). Exposure-based interventions for the management of individuals with high levels of needle fear across the lifespan: A clinical practice guideline and call for further research. Cogn Behav Ther, 45(3), 217-235.

11. Noel, M., Groenewald, C. B., Beals-Erickson, S. E., Gebert, J. T., & Palermo, T. M. (2016). Chronic pain in adolescence and internalizing mental health disorders: A nationally representative study. Pain, 157(6), 1333-1338.

12. Noel, M., Beals-Erickson, S. E., Law, E. F., Alberts, N., & Palermo, T. M. (2016). Characterizing the pain narratives of parents of youth with chronic pain. Clin J Pain, 32(10), 849-858.

13. Noel, M., Wilson, A. C., Holley, A. L., Durkin, L., Patton, M., & Palermo, T. M. (2016). Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in youth with versus without chronic pain. Pain, 157(10), 2277-2284.

14. Noel, M., Alberts, N., Langer, S. L., Levy, R. L., Walker, L. S., & Palermo, T. M. (2016). The sensitivity to change and responsiveness of the adult responses to children's symptoms in children and adolescents with chronic pain. J Pediatr Psychol, 41(3), 350-362.

15. Noel, M. (2016). Harnessing the fragility of pain memories to help children forget: A new avenue for pediatric psychology interventions? J Pediatr Psychol, 41(2), 232-234.

16. Palermo, T. M., Bromberg, M., Beals-Erickson, S. E., Law, E., Durkin, L., Noel, M., & Chen, M. (2016). Development and initial feasibility testing of brief cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia in adolescents with comorbid conditions. Clin Pract Pediatr Psychol, 4(2), 214-226.

17. Boerner, K. E., Noel, M., Birnie, K. A., Caes, L., Petter, M., & Chambers, C. T. (2016). Impact of threat level, task instruction, and individual characteristics on cold pressor pain and fear among children and their parents. Pain Pract, 16(6), 657-668.

18. Birnie, K. A., Chambers, C. T., Taddio, A., McMurtry, C. M., Noel, M., Pillai Riddell, R., Shah, V., & HelpinKids&Adults Team. (2015). Psychological interventions for vaccine injections in children and adolescents: Systematic review of randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials. Clin J Pain, 31(10 Suppl), S72-89.

19. Boerner, K. E., Birnie, K. A., Chambers, C. T., Taddio, A., McMurtry, C. M., Noel, M., Shah, V., Pillai Riddell, R., & HelpinKids&Adults Team. (2015). Simple psychological interventions for reducing pain from common needle procedures in adults: Systematic review of randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials. Clin J Pain, 31(10 Suppl), S90-98.

20. Essner, B., Noel, M., Myrvik, M., & Palermo, T. (2015). Examination of the factor structure of the adolescent sleep-wake scale (asws). Behav Sleep Med, 13(4), 296-307.

21. Law, E. F., Beals-Erickson, S., Noel, M., Claar, R. L., & Palermo, T. (2015). Pilot randomized control trial of internet-delivered cognitive-behavioral treatment for pediatric headache. Headache, 55(10), 1410-1425.

22. Law, E. F., Bromberg, M. H., Noel, M., Groenewald, C., Murphy, L. K., & Palermo, T. M. (2015). Alcohol and tobacco use in youth with and without chronic pain. J Pediatr Psychol, 40(5), 509-516.

23. McMurtry, C. M., Pillai Riddell, R., Taddio, A., Racine, N., Asmundson, G. J., Noel, M., Chambers, C. T., Shah, V., & HELPinKids&Adults Team. (2015). Far from "just a poke": Common painful needle procedures and the development of needle fear. Clin J Pain, 31(10 Suppl), S3-11.

24. McMurtry, C. M., Noel, M., Taddio, A., Antony, M. M., Asmundson, G. J., Riddell, R. P., Chambers, C. T., Shah, V., & HelpinKids&Adults Team. (2015). Interventions for individuals with high levels of needle fear: Systematic review of randomized controlled trials and quasi-randomized controlled trials. Clin J Pain, 31(10 Suppl), S109-123.

25. Noel, M., Rabbitts, J. A., Tai, G. G., & Palermo, T. M. (2015). Remembering pain after surgery: A longitudinal examination of the role of pain catastrophizing in children's and parents' recall. Pain, 156(5), 800-808.

26. Noel, M., Taddio, A., McMurtry, C. M., Chambers, C. T., Pillai Riddell, R., Shah, V., & HELPinKids&Adults Team. (2015). Helpinkids&adults knowledge synthesis of the management of vaccination pain and high levels of needle fear: Limitations of the evidence and recommendations for future research. Clin J Pain, 31(10 Suppl), S124-131.

27. Noel, M., Boerner, K. E., Birnie, K. A., Caes, L., Parker, J. A., Chambers, C. T., Fernandez, C. V., & Lee, K. (2015). Acceptability by parents and children of deception in pediatric research. J Dev Behav Pediatr, 36(2), 75-85.

28. Noel, M., Palermo, T. M., Chambers, C. T., Taddio, A., & Hermann, C. (2015). To remember is not to forget: A reply to moore and henderson. Pain, 156(6), 1173-1174.

29. Noel, M., Palermo, T. M., Chambers, C. T., Taddio, A., & Hermann, C. (2015). Remembering the pain of childhood: Applying a developmental perspective to the study of pain memories. Pain, 156(1), 31-34.

30. Noel, M., Palermo, T. M., Essner, B., Zhou, C., Levy, R. L., Langer, S. L., Sherman, A. L., & Walker, L. S. (2015). A developmental analysis of the factorial validity of the parent-report version of the adult responses to children's symptoms in children versus adolescents with chronic pain or pain-related chronic illness. J Pain, 16(1), 31-41.

31. Pillai Riddell, R., Taddio, A., McMurtry, C. M., Shah, V., Noel, M., Chambers, C. T., & HELPinKids&Adults Team. (2015). Process interventions for vaccine injections: Systematic review of randomized controlled trials and quasi-randomized controlled trials. Clin J Pain, 31(10 Suppl), S99-108.

32. Pillai Riddell, R., Taddio, A., McMurtry, C. M., Chambers, C., Shah, V., Noel, M., & HELPinKids&Adults Team. (2015). Psychological interventions for vaccine injections in young children 0 to 3 years: Systematic review of randomized controlled trials and quasi-randomized controlled trials. Clin J Pain, 31(10 Suppl), S64-71.

33. Shah, V., Taddio, A., McMurtry, C. M., Halperin, S. A., Noel, M., Pillai Riddell, R., Chambers, C. T., & HELPinKids&Adults Team. (2015). Pharmacological and combined interventions to reduce vaccine injection pain in children and adults: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Clin J Pain, 31(10 Suppl), S38-63.

34. Taddio, A., McMurtry, C. M., Shah, V., Yoon, E. W., Uleryk, E., Pillai Riddell, R., Lang, E., Chambers, C. T., Noel, M., MacDonald, N. E., & HelpinKids&Adults Team. (2015). Methodology for knowledge synthesis of the management of vaccination pain and needle fear. Clin J Pain, 31(10 Suppl), S12-19.

35. Taddio, A., Shah, V., McMurtry, C. M., MacDonald, N. E., Ipp, M., Riddell, R. P., Noel, M., Chambers, C. T., & HELPinKids&Adults Team. (2015). Procedural and physical interventions for vaccine injections: Systematic review of randomized controlled trials and quasi-randomized controlled trials. Clin J Pain, 31(10 Suppl), S20-37.

36. Taddio, A., McMurtry, C. M., Shah, V., Riddell, R. P., Chambers, C. T., Noel, M., MacDonald, N. E., Rogers, J., Bucci, L. M., Mousmanis, P., Lang, E., Halperin, S. A., Bowles, S., Halpert, C., Ipp, M., Asmundson, G. J., Rieder, M. J., Robson, K., Uleryk, E., Antony, M. M., Dubey, V., Hanrahan, A., Lockett, D., Scott, J., Votta Bleeker, E., & HELPinKids&Adults Team. (2015). Reducing pain during vaccine injections: Clinical practice guideline. CMAJ, 187(13), 975-982.

37. Birnie, K. A., Noel, M., Parker, J. A., Chambers, C. T., Uman, L. S., Kisely, S. R., & McGrath, P. J. (2014). Systematic review and meta-analysis of distraction and hypnosis for needle-related pain and distress in children and adolescents. J Pediatr Psychol, 39(8), 783-808.

38. Law, E. F., Fisher, E., Fales, J., Noel, M., & Eccleston, C. (2014). Systematic review and meta-analysis of parent and family-based interventions for children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions. J Pediatr Psychol, 39(8), 866-886.

39. Parkerson, H. A., Noel, M., Page, M. G., Fuss, S., Katz, J., & Asmundson, G. J. (2013). Factorial validity of the english-language version of the pain catastrophizing scale--child version. J Pain, 14(11), 1383-1389.

40. Uman, L. S., Birnie, K. A., Noel, M., Parker, J. A., Chambers, C. T., McGrath, P. J., & Kisely, S. R. (2013). Psychological interventions for needle-related procedural pain and distress in children and adolescents. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, 10, CD005179.

41. Asmundson, G. J., Noel, M., Petter, M., & Parkerson, H. A. (2012). Pediatric fear-avoidance model of chronic pain: Foundation, application and future directions. Pain Res Manag, 17(6), 397-405.

42. Asmundson, G. J. G., Parkerson, H. A., Petter, M., & Noel, M. (2012). What is the role of fear and escape/avoidance in chronic pain? Models, structural analysis, and future directions. Pain Manage, 2(3), 295-303.

43. Birnie, K. A., Petter, M., Boerner, K. E., Noel, M., & Chambers, C. T. (2012). Contemporary use of the cold pressor task in pediatric pain research: A systematic review of methods. J Pain, 13(9), 817-826.

44. Noel, M., Petter, M., Parker, J. A., & Chambers, C. T. (2012). Cognitive behavioural therapy for pediatric chronic pain: The problem, research, and practice. J Cogn Psychother, 26(2), 143-156.

45. Noel, M., Chambers, C. T., McGrath, P. J., Klein, R. M., & Stewart, S. H. (2012). The role of state anxiety in children's memories for pain. J Pediatr Psychol, 37(5), 567-579.

46. Noel, M., Chambers, C. T., Petter, M., McGrath, P. J., Klein, R. M., & Stewart, S. H. (2012). Pain is not over when the needle ends: A review and preliminary model of acute pain memory development in childhood. Pain Manag, 2(5), 487-497.

47. Noel, M., Taylor, T. L., Quinlan, C. K., & Stewart, S. H. (2012). The impact of attention style on directed forgetting among high anxiety sensitive individuals. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 36(4), 375-389.

48. Noel, M., Chambers, C. T., McGrath, P. J., Klein, R. M., & Stewart, S. H. (2012). The influence of children's pain memories on subsequent pain experience. Pain, 153(8), 1563-1572.

49. Peterson, C., & Noel, M. (2012). "I was just screeching!": Comparing child and parent derived measures of distress. Stress and Health, 28(4), 279-288.

50. Birnie, K. A., Noel, M., Chambers, C. T., von Baeyer, C. L., & Fernandez, C. V. (2011). The cold pressor task: Is it an ethically acceptable pain research method in children? J Pediatr Psychol, 36(10), 1071-1081.

51. McMurtry, C. M., Noel, M., Chambers, C. T., & McGrath, P. J. (2011). Children's fear during procedural pain: Preliminary investigation of the children's fear scale. Health Psychol, 30(6), 780-788.

52. Peterson, C., Warren, K. L., Nguyen, D. T., & Noel, M. (2011). Infantile amnesia and gender: Does the way we measure it matter? Procedia Soc. Behav. Sci., 9, 1767-1771.

53. Noel, M., O'Connor, R. M., Boudreau, B., Mushquash, C. J., Comeau, M. N., Stevens, D., & Stewart, S. H. (2010). The Rutgers Alcohol Problem Index (RAPI): A comparison of cut-points in first nations Mi'kmaq and non-aboriginal adolescents in rural Nova Scotia. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 8(2), 336-350.

54. Noel, M., & Birnie, K. A. (2010). Ethical challenges in pediatric pain research. Pediatr Pain Let, 12(2), 1-5.

55. Noel, M., McMurtry, C. M., Chambers, C. T., & McGrath, P. J. (2010). Children's memory for painful procedures: The relationship of pain intensity, anxiety, and adult behaviors to subsequent recall. J Pediatr Psychol, 35(6), 626-636.

56. Noel, M., Peterson, C., & Jesso, B. (2008). The relationship of parenting stress and child temperament to language development among economically disadvantaged preschoolers. J Child Lang, 35(4), 823-843.

57. Peterson, C., Noel, M., Kippenhuck, L., Harmundal, L., & Vincent, C. (2008). Early memories of children and adults: Implications for infantile amnesia. Cognitive Sciences, 4(2), 65-90.

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