Jill ChorneyPhD

Assistant Professor

Email: jill.chorney@dal.ca
Phone: 902-470-7707
Fax: 902-470-7709
Mailing Address: 
Centre for Pediatric Pain Research
IWK Health Centre, 8th floor (South), 5850/5980 University Ave
PO Box 9700, Halifax, NS B3K 6R8
Research Topics:
  • Pediatric chronic pain
  • Perioperative care
  • Psychological management of pain


Related Information

Administrative roles

  • Resident research director - Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine
  • Clinical psychologist - Pediatric Complex Pain Team, IWK Health Centre


  • PDF, Yale University
  • PhD, Clinical Child Psychology, West Virginia University
  • MA, Psychology, West Virginia University
  • Hons BSc, Psychology, Dalhousie University

Research interests

Dr. Chorney focuses on perioperative care and psychological management of pain. She has authored numerous empirical and review articles in these areas and holds funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National Institutes of Health and the IWK Health Centre. The American Psychological Association, the Society for Pediatric Psychology and the Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy have recognized her work with awards.

Selected publications

  • Chorney, J., Kain, Z.N. Clinical concepts and commentary: Family-centered pediatric perioperative care. Anesthesiology 2010; 112: 751-5
  • Chorney, J., Hammell, C., Blount, R., McLaren, C.E., Chen, W., Kain, Z.N. Healthcare provider and parent behavior and children’s distress and coping at anesthesia induction. Anesthesiology 2009; 111:1290-6
  • Chorney, J.M., Kain, Z.N. Behavioral Analysis of children’s response to induction of anesthesia. Anesthesia and Analgesia 2009;109:1434-40
  • MacLaren, J., Cohen, L.L., Larkin, K.T., & Shelton, E. Training nursing students in evidence-based behavioral pediatric pain management techniques. Journal of Nursing Education 2008; 47: 351-358
  • MacLaren, J. & Cohen, L.L. Interventions for pediatric procedure-related pain in primary care. Paediatrics and Child Health 2007; 12:111-6

Selected research studies

  • Influence of healthcare provider and parent behavior on children's postoperative pain (NIH)
  • Children's pain at home following major surgery: Psychological, physical, and economic consequences
  • A scoping review of the literature on preparing children and their families for surgery (CIHR)
  • Measure development in assessing families preparedness for their children's surgeries (IWK)
  • Program evaluation of a group-based cognitive behavioural intervention for chronic/recurrent pain in children (IWK)

Selected awards and honours

  • Emerging Professional Award, Discovery Centre, Halifax, NS, 2011
  • New Investigator Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), 2011, $300,000 for 5 years
  • Routh Early Career Award in Pediatric Psychology, 2010, awarded by the Society of Pediatric Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Society
  • John T. Goodman Award, International Forum on Pediatric Pain, 2006, for outstanding student contribution to research on pain in children - $1000
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, CIHR (awarded, declined), 2006