Paula Forgeron


Paula Forgeron
Full Professor

2012 Postdoctorate Pediatric Pain Dalhousie University
2011 PhD Interdisciplinary Studies Dalhousie University
2003 MN Nursing Dalhousie University1998 BScN Nursing St. Francis Xavier University
1998 BScN Nursing St. Francis Xavier University
1984 RN Diploma Nursing VGH School of Nursing

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Paula Forgeron


Paula Forgeron is a full professor at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, and University of Ottawa. Prior to joining the faculty, she had diverse clinical career with direct care experience in pediatric and adult emergency care, neonatal intensive care, as well as a position as the clinical nurse specialist on a pediatric complex pain team. Her funded research focuses on the social functioning of adolescents with chronic conditions as well as best practices in preparing health professionals to engage in inter-professional practice. In collaboration with colleagues, she has conducted research in the area of knowledge translation, specifically to improve pain care for children and youth in developing countries.

Research Interests

  • Social Functioning of Adolescents with Chronic Conditions
  • Pediatric Pain Management
  • Interprofessional Practice
  • Global Health
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Mixed Methods


Peer Reviewed Publications


  •  Higginson, A., Forgeron, P. A., Dick, B., Harrison, D. (2018). Moving on: A Survey of Canadian Nurses’ Self-Reported Transition Practices for Young People with Chronic Pain, Canadian Journal of Pain (in press).
  • Hu, J., & Forgeron, P. A. (2018). Thinking, educating, acting: Developing advanced practice nursing. International Journal of Nursing Science (in press).
  • Forgeron, P. A., Chambers, C. T., Cohen, J., Dick, B., Finely, G. A., Lamontagne, C. (2018). Dyadic differences in friendships of adolescents with chronic pain compared to pain free peers. Pain (in press).
  • Poulin, P., Shergill, Y., Romanow, H., Busse, J. W., Chambers, C. T., Cooper, L., Forgeron, P. A., Harper, A. O., Hudspith, M., Iorio, A., Lalloo, C., Oueltte, C., Roberston, R., Smeenk, S., Stevens, J., Stinson, J. (2018). Research What Matters to Improve Chronic Pain Care in Canada: A Priority-Setting Partnership Process to Support Patient Oriented Research. Canadian Journal of Pain (in press).
  • Ismail, A., Squires, J., Forgeron, P.A., Polomeno, V., Gharaibeh, H., & Harrison, D. (2018). The Influence of Context on Utilizing Research Evidence for Pain Management in Jordanian Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU), Journal of Pediatric Nursing (in press).
  • Marshall, C., Forgeron, P., Harrison, D., Young, N. L. (2018). Exploration of nurses’ pediatric pain management experiences in rural hospitals: A qualitative descriptive study. Applied Nursing Research, 42, 89-97.
  • Jordan, A., Family, H., Forgeron, P. (2017). Interpersonal relationships in adolescent chronic pain: A qualitative synthesis. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 5 (4), 303-318. 
  • Ismail, A., Forgeron, P.A., Polomeno, V., Gharaibeh, H., & Harrison, D. (2017). Pain management practice and guidelines in Jordanian pediatric intensive care units. Pain Management Nursing pii: S1524-9042(16)30181-3. doi: 10.1016/j.pmn.2017.07.004. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Bernardes, S. F., Forgeron, P., Fournier, K., & Reszel, J. (2017). Beyond solicitousness: A comprehensive review of informal pain-related social support. Pain, 158(11), 2066-2076. 
  • Forgeron, P.A., King, S., Reszel, J., & Fournier, K. (2017). Psychosocial interventions to improve social functioning of children and adolescents with chronic physical conditions: A systematic review. Children’s Health Care (published online August 16, 2017)
  • Forgeron, P. A., Higginson, A., & Truskoski, C. (2017). Departure from pediatric care: Transition of adolescent with chronic pain. Pain Management Nursing, 18(5), 273-277. 
  • Ahola Kohut, S., Stinson, J., Forgeron, P, Harris, L., Luca, S. & van Wyk, M. (2017). Been there done that: Been there, done that: The experiences of acting as a young adult mentor to adolescents living with chronic illness. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 42(9), 962-969. 
  • Ahola Kohut, S., Stinson, J., Forgeron, P, Harris, L., Luca, S. & van Wyk, M. (2016). A qualitative content analysis of peer mentoring video calls in youth with chronic disease. Journal of Health Psychology, September 28 (Epub head of print).
  • Stinson, J., Ahola Kohut, S., Forgeron, P., Amaria, K., Bell, M., Kaufman, M., Luca, N., Luca, S., Harris, L., Victor, C., & Spiegel, L. (2016). The iPeer2Peer Program: A pilot randomized controlled trial in adolescents with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Pediatric Rheumatology, 14(1), 48-58.
  • Twycross, A., Forgeron, P.A., Chorney, J., Finely, G. A., Backman, C. (2016). Pain as the neglected patient safety concern: Five years on. Journal of Child Health Care, April 18 (Epub head of print). 
  • Ahola Kohut, S., Stinson, J.N., Ruskin, D., Forgeron, P., Harris, L., van Wyk, M., Lucal, S., Campbell, F. (2016). iPeer2Peer Program: A Pilot Feasibility Study in Adolescents with Chronic Pain. Pain, 157(5), 1146-1155.
  • Forgeron, P. A., Chorney, J. M., Carlson, T. E., Dick, B. D., Plante, E. (2015). To Befriend or Not: Naturally developing friendships amongst a clinical group of adolescents with chronic pain. Pain Management Nursing, 16(5), 721-732.
  • Twycross, A., Forgeron, P. A., & Markio-Williams, A. (2015). Paediatric nurses’ postoperative pain management practices in hospital settings: A systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 52(4), 836-863.
  • Forgeron, P. A. & Stinson, J. (2014). Fundamentals of chronic pain in children and young people: Part 2. Nursing Children and Young People, 26(9), 31-36.
  • Forgeron, P. A. & Stinson, J. (2014) Fundamentals of chronic pain in children and young people: Part 1 Nursing Children and Young People, 26(8), 29-34.
  • Fales, J. L., & Forgeron, P. A. (2014). The importance of friendships in youth with chronic pain: Developing a research agenda. Pediatric Pain Letter, 16(3), 35-39.
  • Birnie, K., Chambers, C. T., Fernandez, C. V., Forgeron, P. A., Latimer, M. A., McGrath, P.J., Cummings, E. A., & Finley, G. A. (2014) "Hospitalized Children Continue to Report Undertreated and Preventable Pain, Pain Research and Management." Pain Research and Management, 19(4), 198-204.
  • Forgeron, P. A., Evans, J., McGrath, P.J., Stevens, B. & Finley, G. A. (2013). Living with Difference: Exploring the Social Self and Friendships of Adolescents with Chronic Pain. Pain Research & Management, 18(6), e115-e123.
  • Jongudomkarn, J., Forgeron, P. A., Siripul, P., Finley, G. A. (2012) My Child You Must Have Patience and “Kreng Jai” : Thai Parents and Child Pain. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 
  • Forgeron, P. A., McGrath, P. J., Stevens, B., Evans, J., Dick, B., Finley, G. A., Carlson, T. (2011). Social Information Processing in Adolescents with Chronic Pain: My Friends Don’t Really Understand Me. Pain 152(12), 2771-2780.
  • Schechter N. L., Finley G. A., Bright N. S., Laycock M., Forgeron P. A. ChildKind: A global initiative to reduce pain in children. Pediatric Pain Letter 2010 (Dec) 12(3).
  • Forgeron, P. A., King, S., Stinson, J., McGrath, P. J., MacDonald, A. J., Chambers, C. T. (2010). Social functioning and peer relationships in children and adolescents with chronic pain: A systematic review. Pain Research and Management 15 (1): 27- 41. 
  • Finley, G. A., Kristjánsdóttir, Ó., Forgeron. P. A. (2009) Cultural influences on the assessment of children’s pain. Pain Research Management 14 (1): 33-37. 
  • Forgeron, P. A., Jonqudomkarn, D., Evans, J., Finley, A., Thienthang, S., Siripul, P., Pairojkul, S., Sriraj, W., Boonyawatanangkool, K. (2009) Pediatric pain management: Thai health professionals’ perspectives. Qualitative Health Research 19 (1): 71-81.
  • Forgeron, P. A., & McGrath, P. J. (2008). Self-identified needs of adolescents with chronic pain. Journal of Pain Management 1(2): 163-172.
  • Price, S., Forgeron, P. A., MacConnell, G. G.U.I.D.E: (2008) Graduates United in Dialogue for Excellence. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship 39 (7): 314-318. 
  • Finley, GA, Forgeron, P. A., & Arnaout, M. (2008) Action research: Developing a pediatric cancer pain program in Jordan. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 35 (4): 447-454.
  • Forgeron, P. A., Finley, G. A. & Arnaout, M. (2006) Pediatric pain prevalence and parents’ attitudes at a cancer hospital in Jordan. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 31 (5): 438-446.
  • Forgeron, P. A., & Martin-Misner, R. (2005). Parental Intent to Use Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Services in the Emergency Setting. Journal of Advanced Nursing 52 (3): 231-238.
  • Curran-Smith, J. Abidi, & Forgeron, P. A. (2005). Towards a Collaborative Training Environment for Children’s Pain Management: Leveraging an Online Discussion Forum. Health Informatics Journal 11 (1): 19-31. 
  • Price, S., MacConnell, G., & Forgeron, P. A. (2003). A forum for graduate nursing students. Canadian Nurse 99 (8): 14-15.
  • Taylor, B., MacIntyre, J., Forgeron, P. A. (1999). Trauma recurrence in the pediatric emergency population. The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care 46: 479-482.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

  • Forgeron, P. A., & King, S. (2014). Pain, Social Relationships, and School. In: P.J. McGrath, B. Stevens, S. Walker, & W. Zempsky (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Paediatric Pain, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • McGrath, P.J., Forgeron, P. A., & Huget, A. (2014). Pain in Infants, Children, and Adolescents. In: M. J. Aminoff & R. D. Daroff (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences 2nd ed. Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
  • Forgeron P. A. & McGrath P.J. (2007). Distance Management of Pediatric Pain. In: G. A. Walco & K. R. Goldschneider (Eds.),Pediatric Pain Management in Primary Care: A Practical Guide. Totowa, New Jersey: Humana Press.
  • Finley G. A., Forgeron P. A. (2006). Developing pain services around the world. In: Finley GA, McGrath PJ, Chambers CT (Eds.): Bringing Pain Relief to Children. Humana Press: Totowa, New Jersey.
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