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Dr. Christine Chambers

Episode #7: Do Good Work

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Christine Chambers, PhD, RPsych, joins us to discuss her career trajectory, making your research meaningful and accessible to the public, multiple role management and delegation, doing good work, and so much more!


Dr. Christine Chambers is a Clinical Psychologist, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children’s Pain, and a Killam Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. She is the Scientific Director of a national knowledge mobilization network, Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP). Headquartered at Dalhousie, SKIP’s mission is to improve children's pain management by mobilizing evidence-based solutions through coordination and collaboration. She is also the incoming scientific director of the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH) at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Dr. Chambers’ research is based in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at the IWK Health Centre and is aimed at improving the assessment and management of children’s pain. She has published over 150 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and was identified as one of the top 10 most productive women clinical psychology professors in Canada. 



  • Imposter syndrome

  • Dr. Chambers’ trajectory into clinical psychology

  • The difficulty of knowledge translation

  • Packaging science to make research more accessible and interesting to patients and families

  • How to challenge the rhetoric of “that is how we’ve always done it”

  • Providing feedback to women in a professional setting and raising up other women

  • Gender issues in academia

  • Creating partnerships in research

  • The difference between work-life balance and multiple role management

  • How Christine has fluid boundaries between her personal and professional identities

  • Knowing and acknowledging the support you need to succeed: delegation!

  • Rejection as a trainee and throughout one’s career

  • Doing “good work”

  • Knowing when to pivot and what motivates you to do good work

  • The benefits of putting yourself out there and persisting

  • Looking at your career in phases and stages




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