2019 Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable Webinar Series

IASP is offering a free webinar series as part of its 2019 Global Year on Pain in the Most Vulnerable Populations. Check back to see when new webinars are scheduled and when webinar recordings are available for convenient on-demand access. Although webinars are free, registration is required.

Pain in Survivors of Torture – 28 October 2019, 10:00am EDT


Psychological Aspects of Pain in Survivors of Torture

Amanda C de C Williams, PhD, University College London, United Kingdom

Medical Treatment of Pain in Survivors of Torture 

Bianca Kuehler, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom

Pain management in survivors of torture: a physiotherapist's perspective

Lester Jones, MScMed(PM), Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore

Want more on this topic? IASP has a Special Interest Group (SIG) for you! Exclusive to IASP members, join the IASP Special Interest Group (SIG) on Pain Related to Torture, Organized Violence, and War (TOVW) and engage with other members of the IASP community who are just as passionate as you!

About the Speakers

Amanda C de C Williams is an academic and clinical psychologist at University College London, and at the Pain Management Centre, University College London Hospital. She also works for the International Centre for Health and Human Rights, and has worked for a torture survivor charity in the UK. As a clinician and researcher in the pain field for over 30 years, her particular interests are evaluation of psychologically-based treatments, including systematic reviews and meta-analyses; application of evolutionary perspectives to pain and behaviour associated with pain; expression of pain and its interpretation by clinicians; pain from torture; and the use of responsive technology to extend healthcare. She has written over 250 papers and chapters on pain and psychology, and presents at national and international pain meetings.

Dr. Bianca Kuehler is a Consultant in Pain Management at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, UK. She trained as an anaesthetist in Germany and the USA, and worked extensively in the operating theatre. As her career progressed, however, her interests moved into the management of chronic pain and especially management of complex patients. She developed several specialised multi-disciplinary clinics together with her colleague Dr Susan Childs, Clinical Psychologist, which find treatment options for patients with fibromyalgia, mental health problems and those who have suffered torture (The Survivors of Torture Clinic). The service for patients who are survivors of torture is the first one in the UK.

Lester Jones is an Australian-trained physiotherapist and academic currently working in Health and Social Sciences Cluster of Singapore Institute of Technology. He has postgraduate qualifications in pain, psychology and education and was the first physiotherapist to graduate with MScMed(PainMgt) from the University of Sydney.  He is a co-author of the Pain and Movement Reasoning Model and his research is exploring the use of the Model in a range of contexts including pain in survivors of torture. He has worked at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture providing pro bono physiotherapy consultations and delivered training to those working with survivors on pain assessment and management. He is on the committee of the Pain Association of Singapore and is the Research Officer for the IASP SIG Pain associated with Torture, Organised Violence and War.  

Pain in Dementia – September 24th, 2019, 11:00am EDT


Novel Developments in Opioid Use in Dementia

Wilco Achterberg, PhD, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands

Novel Tools for Pain Assessment in Dementia

Stefan Lautenbacher, PhD, University of Bamberg, Germany

Novel Training to Improve Pain Detection in Dementia

Miriam Kunz, MPsych, University of Groningen, Germany 

Moderator: Keela Herr, PhD, University of Iowa, United States

Want more on this topic? IASP has a Special Interest Group (SIG) for you! Exclusive to IASP members, join the IASP Special Interest Group (SIG) on Pain in Older Persons and engage with other members of the IASP community who are just as passionate as you!

About the Speakers

Prof. Dr. Wilco Achterberg (1963) is an elderly care physician and a professor of institutional care and elderly care medicine in Leiden, the Netherlands, since October 2010. His research focus is on the most vulnerable persons, most of whom live in nursing homes, and is centred around three themes: pain and quality of life in dementia, palliative care in dementia and geriatric rehabilitation. He is the chair of a large academic nursing home network, and responsible for the training of 70 residents in elderly care medicine. Wilco was vice-chair of the EU COST action Pain in Cognitive impairment. Next to numerous international scientific publications, he has given lectures at many international congresses and chaired symposia nationally and internationally. Next to that he has been an invited lecturer amongst others in London 2015 on palliative care in dementia, Beijing 2016 on geriatric rehabilitation, Sao Paolo 2017 on ageing, London 2018 (BGS): Geriatric Training of physicians and he is invited to speak in Sydney (Dutch Consulate, November 21st 2018) on societal challenges of ageing.

Prof. Dr. Miriam Kunz was born near Duesseldorf, Germany in 1977. She studied Psychology in Berlin (1997 – 2002) and received her PhD from the University of Bamberg (2006). She conducted her postdoctoral research at the University of Montreal (Prof. Pierre Rainville) and the University of Bamberg (Prof. Lautenbacher). In 2015 she moved to the Netherlands to start a Tenure Track position at the University of Groningen. In 2019 she moved to Augsburg (Germany) to start as a full professor for Medical Psychology and Sociology at the University of Augsburg. She is an expert in the field of facial expression of pain and in the field of pain in patients with dementia, where her research bridges from experimental basic research to clinical applications.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Lautenbacher from Munich received his Diploma in Psychology 1983 in Munich and his PhD 1990 in Bamberg. He finished 1997 his habilitation thesis in Bamberg. He worked as fellow and assistant lecturer at the Max Planck Institute in Munich from 1983 to 1994 with an interruption of one year (1991-1992) for a postdoctoral stay in London (Canada). After 7 years as managing psychologist at the University Hospital in Marburg starting 1994, he was appointed 2001 to become full professor for Physiological Psychology in Bamberg. His expertise in the biopsychology of pain allowed him supervising many PhD theses and publishing several book and close to 200 journal articles.

Keela A. Herr, PhD, RN, AGSF, FGSA, FAAN, is Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty in the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa and is Co-Director of the Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence. Dr. Herr is co-PI of the College of Nursing's NINR T32 pre- and post-doctoral training grant focused on Pain and Associated Symptoms and of the University of Iowa's interdisciplinary Center of Excellence in Pain Education, which is funded by NIDA. She presents nationally and internationally on strategies for improving assessment and management of pain in elders and has published extensively on the topic of elder pain. Dr. Herr served on the 1998, 2002 and 2009 American Geriatric Society persistent pain guideline expert panels and provided leadership to determine quality measures for palliative care through the AAHPM/HPNA Measuring What Matters initiative. She also provided national professional leadership in service on the Board of Directors for the American Geriatrics Society, the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN), and the American Pain Society (APS). Dr. Herr consults with national and federal groups regarding effective pain care for older persons, including the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Health Pain Consortium, and the FDA, and is leading a national effort to provide best practice tools and resources to improve pain care for older adults in long term care settings.


Pain in Children – February 25th, 2019

This webinar is sponsored by the IASP Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood.


Moderated by Liesbet Goubert, PhD, Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent University, Belgium

Pain and Irritability of Unknown Origin in pre-verbal/non-verbal children 

Speaker: Harold Siden, MD, Childrens & Womens Health Centre, University of British Columbia, Canada

Detrimental effects of emotional distress on treatment outcomes in children with chronic pain and their caregivers: A call for action in science and clinical practice 

Speaker: Tanja Hechler, PhD, Department of Clinical Child and Adolescents Psychology, University of Trier, Germany

Want more on this topic? IASP has a Special Interest Group (SIG) for you! Exclusive to IASP members, join the IASP Special Interest Group (SIG) on Pain in Childhood and engage with other members of the IASP community who are just as passionate as you!

About the Speakers

Dr. Harold (Hal) Siden, MD, MHSc, FRCPC is Medical Director at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver, Canada. He is also is an Attending Physician in Pediatrics and Medical Director of Palliative Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital and an Investigator in the BCCH Research Institute. He is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). His clinical interests are pediatric palliative care, pediatric pain management and general & complex care pediatrics. He is Principal Investigator on several projects funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

Prof. Dr. Tanja Hechler is full professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents at the Department of Psychology, University of Trier, Germany. She is the head of the outpatient clinic for children and adolescents (with a focus on treatment of chronic pain and emotional disorders in children) and the head of the postgraduate training in child and adolescent psychotherapy. Her lab consists of a clinical-psychophysiological laboratory and a mobile laboratory to enable assessment in the natural environment of the children (e.g. in kindergarten).

Dr. Liesbet Goubert is Full Professor in the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology at Ghent University, Belgium. She is interested in psychosocial risk factors for the development of chronic (pediatric) pain and in the interpersonal dynamics of (chronic) pain and chronic illness. More recently, she became very interested in the study of psychosocial resilience mechanisms that may account for the sustainment of adaptive functioning and well-being in the presence of pain.

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