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Pain, Stigma, Discrimination, and Injustice


9 October 2023


05:00 AM06:00 AM

Register for the 9 October Social Aspects of Pain SIG webinar, Pain, Stigma, Discrimination, and Injustice. This webinar will explore how stigma, discrimination, and perceived injustice are associated with adverse pain outcomes across different conditions and contexts. Next steps in terms of future research and intervention development will be discussed. Featuring presentations by:

  • Joanna L. McParland, PhD, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
  • Whitney Scott, PhD, King’s College London, UK
  • Claire E. Ashton-James, PhD, University of Sydney, Australia (moderator)

About the Presenters

Joanna McParland, PhD, is a reader in health psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), UK. Her research focuses on understanding the impact of social psychological processes (including social justice cognitions and resilience/flourishing) in the experience of pain in specific contexts (workplace and family context). She is also interested in using behavior change constructs (such as behavior change techniques and theoretical constructs) to understand how interventions work to promote health and work outcomes in different contexts, including the workplace and clinical contexts. She leads the Workplace Wellness Hub at GCU and is deputy lead of the Aging Well Research Group at GCU. 

Whitney Scott, PhD, is a senior lecturer in clinical health psychology in the Health Psychology Section of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London, UK. She is also a registered Clinical Psychologist and the Research Lead at the INPUT Pain Management Unit at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, UK. She has published 75 peer-reviewed journal articles on psychosocial factors related to pain and psychological treatments for managing persistent pain. Her work has been funded by IASP, the NIHR, and the Medical Research Council/Versus Arthritis Advanced Pain Discovery Platform. 

About the Moderator

Claire E. Ashton-James, PhD, is a social psychologist whose research investigates the social contributors and interpersonal consequences of chronic conditions and treatment outcomes. The overarching aim of her research is to evaluate and improve treatment delivery and patient outcomes, including pain, quality of life, and social well-being. Claire conducted her PhD research at the University of New South Wales (Australia) and Duke University (North Carolina, USA). She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia (Canada) before moving to The Netherlands to work as an assistant professor at the University of Groningen, and later, VU University Amsterdam. Claire conducts interdisciplinary research with collaborators in dentistry, maxillofacial surgery, clinical psychology, experimental psychology, physiotherapy, neurobiology, and medicine, teaches in the Masters of Medicine (Pain Management) program at The University of Sydney (Australia), and is actively involved in providing continuing education to healthcare professionals.


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