The selection committee for the J.H. Stewart
Reid Memorial Fellowship is pleased to announce that this year’s fellowship
has been awarded to Melanie Badali for her research work in the area of clinical
and health psychology.
Ms. Badali graduated with a first class honours
degree in psychology from McGill University and a M.A. (clinical psychology) from
UBC. The doctoral candidate is now conducting research under Dr. Kenneth Craig’s
supervision in the department of clinical psychology.
She is studying the role of environmental,
psychosocial and sociocultural factors in pain experience, assessment and management.
“Pain is a pervasive and universal form of human distress,” she says.
“Its under management is a serious problem for individuals, those who care
for them and the public at large.”
She has published articles and conference
papers on the topic of pain in numerous journals, including Behavioral and Brain
Sciences, Clinical Journal of Pain, Canadian Psychology, Pain Research and Management,
Pain Forum and The Journal of Pain. She is actively involved in professional organizations
and recently served as guest editor to the Clinical Journal of Pain for a special
issue on the detection of pain deception and malingering. She has also been distinguished
by a number of scholarly awards, including fellowships from the Canadian Institutes
of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.