Dr Line Caes

Lecturer in Psychology

Psychology University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Line Caes

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About me

I am passionate about furthering our understanding of the bidirectional influence between parents and children during painful experiences and how this influence changes throughout childhood. Following this passion, I joined the University of Stirling in July 2016, attracted by strong developmental focus in Stirling and the fascinating opportunity to continue expanding my interest in early childhood pain experiences through the Division of Psychology’s Kindergarten.

I obtained my Masters in Psychology with Magna cum Lauda at Ghent University (2008), where I also undertook my graduate training (2008-2012), funded by the Funds for Scientific Research in Flanders (FWO). Since my graduate training, my research has focused on understanding parent-child interactions in the context of child pain experiences.

After receiving my PhD I explored my horizons and started a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research (IWK Health Centre, Halifax, Canada), funded by the Louise and Alan Edwards Fellowship in Pediatric Pain Research (2012-14).

From 2014-2016 I was a Lecturer of Psychology in the School of Psychology at NUI, Galway, where I contributed to research and teaching of Health Psychology and continued my research on the bidirectional influences of paediatric pain between parents and preschoolers as part of the Centre for Pain Research.

As mentioned above, since July 2016, I am Lecturer of Psychology at the Faculty of Natural Science at the University of Stirling responsible for the 3rd year undergraduate Social Psychology module. I also teach and supervise students within the MSc Health Psychology.  

My Key Papers:

  • Caes L, Dick B, Duncan C & Allan J (2020) The cyclical relation between chronic pain, executive functioning, emotional regulation, and self-management. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/jsaa114

  • Newell A, Keane J, McGuire B, Heary C, McDarby V, Dudley B, Moran J, Francis K & Caes L (2018) Interactive versus Passive Distraction and Parent Psychoeducation as pain management techniques during pediatric venepuncture: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Clinical Journal of Pain, 34 (11), pp. 1008-1016. https://doi.org/10.1097/AJP.0000000000000628

  • Caes L, Boerner KE, Chambers CT, Campbell-Yeo M, Stinson J, Birnie KA, Parker JA, Huguet A, Jordan A, McLaren Chorney J, Schinkel M & Dol J (2016) A comprehensive categorical and bibliometric analysis of published research articles on pediatric pain from 1975 to 2010. Pain, 157 (2), pp. 302-313. https://doi.org/10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000403

  • Caes L, Goubert L, Devos P, Verlooy J, Benoit Y & Vervoort T (2014) The relationship between parental catastrophizing about child pain and distress in response to medical procedures in the context of childhood cancer treatment: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39 (7), pp. 677-686. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/jsu034

  • Parental catastrophizing about child's pain and its relationship with activity restriction: The mediating role of parental distress Caes L, Vervoort T, Eccleston C, Vandenhende M & Goubert L (2011) Parental catastrophizing about child's pain and its relationship with activity restriction: The mediating role of parental distress. Pain, 152 (1), pp. 212-222. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pain.2010.10.037

Award

IASP Early Career Research Grant
International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)

http://www.iasp-pain.org/…?ItemNumber=4422

Poster Prize Medal 2nd place,
Irish Pain Society

Louise and Alan Edwards Fellowship in Pediatric Pain Research 2012
Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation

Dr John T Goodman Award for Student Research in Pediatric Pain

Poster Prize - Honourable Mention
Canadian Pain Society

Poster awarded as "Best research in the psychosocial oncology"
CHI-congres Pscyhosociale Oncologie-psychosocial research and practice

University of Stirling Research Culture Award 2020
Highly Commended in the category "Best Early Career Researcher".

Patrick Wall International Meetings Bursary (British Pain Society)
Patrick Wall International Meetings Bursary (British Pain Society) to cover registra- tion of the International Symposium of Pediatric Pain (16-20 June 2019), 530GBP

Le Prix de Psychologie, these de psychologie scientifique, 17th periode treinnale, 2010-2012
Belgian Royal Academy

Community Contribution

The pain of youth
https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/…-2017/pain-youth
Caes, L., & Jordan, A. (2017). The pain of youth The Psychologist, 30, 24-27.

The Anthill podcast by The Conversation UK - Growing Up
https://theconversation.com/anthill-21-growing-up-90247

Airing Pain 99 by Pain Concern - Transition Services
https://audioboom.com/posts/6651644-transition-services

Short report: What about the parents? The importance of the family context within paediatric psychology
Caes, L. (2016). Short report: What about the parents? The importance of the family context within paediatric psychology. The Irish Psychologist, 42(5), 140-142.

Developmental Research Team at The University of Stirling (2017). Little scientists- big impact
https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/…tists-big-impact
Developmental Research Team at The University of Stirling (2017). Little scientists- big impact The Psychologist, 30, 30-33.

Learning new skills & collaborating in Canada
http://researchandinnovationblog.stir.ac.uk/…ting-in-canada/

A global learning experience.
https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/…rning-experience
Caes, L., Smith, J. & McGregor, L. (2020). A global learning experience. The Psychologist.

We shouldn’t worry so much about our kids? Anxiety - it’s a normal part of growing up
/…growing-up-67963
Caes, L. (2016). We shouldn’t worry so much about our kids? anx- iety - it’s a normal part of growing up. The Conversation, November 1, 2016: h

Education

Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

PhD Clinical Psychology
Universiteit Gent, Belgium

Continuing Education Course Psycho-Oncology
Universiteit Gent, Belgium

Lic./M. Sc. in Psychology
Universiteit Gent, Belgium

Examining

Doctor of Psychological Science-dissertation
National University of Ireland - Galway

Internal examiner PhD viva of Elena Dimova
Internal examiner PhD viva of Elena Dimova, "Teachable moments: Potential for behaviour change among people with Type 2 Diabetes and their relatives", Division of Psychology; Faculty of Natural Sciences; University of Stirling, Stirling, UK.

Other Academic Activities

Lab visit School of Psychology, University de Lausanne
University of Lausanne

Lab visit Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Seattle Children’s

Lab visit Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain
McGill University

Lab visit to Centre for Pain Research, University of Bath
University of Bath

Labvisit funded by the The Southwood Adolescent Chronic Pain Visiting Studentship Award 2012

Lab visit Centre for Pediatric Pain Research
IWK Health Centre

Member of editorial board of Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Member of editorial board of European Journal of Pain

Lab visit to SickKids Toronto

Lab visit to DePaul University

Lab visit to Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent University

Other Project

Feasibility and preliminary efficacy study of an online pain management programme for children undergoing major or- thopaedic surgery: iCanCope Post-Op Surgery
National University of Ireland - Galway and Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Health Research Board - DIFA 2018 (reference number: 5373) for the amount of 310,740.59EUR to support the project entitled "Feasibility and preliminary efficacy study of an online pain management programme for children undergoing major orthopaedic surgery: iCanCope Post-Op Surgery" (April 2019-2021). PI: Prof Brian McGuire; Co-Applicants: Dr Caroline Heary, Dr Line Caes, Prof Jennifer Stinson, Dr Kevin McCarthy, & Dr Chitra Lalloo

An investigation into the experience of pain, associated disability, and mental health comorbidity in youth who experience chronic pain
University of Bath

Pain Relief Foundation - Prize PhD studentship (matched funding) The Sir Halley Stewart Trust - PhD studentship (matched funding) PI: Dr Abbie Jordan;Co-PI: Dr Line Caes, Prof Christopher Eccleston

What makes a peer mentoring relationship powerful? A qualitative exploration of the iPeer2Peer Program for youth with chronic pain
Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Rare Disease Foundation and the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF) (ref erence number: 2285) for the amount of 5,000CAD to support the project entitled "What makes a peer mentoring relationship powerful? A qualitative exploration of the iPeer2Peer Program for youth with chronic pain" (September 2019-2020). PI: Dr Sara Ahola Kohut; Co-PI: Dr Line Caes

Exploring educational challenges in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis
University of Bath

Bath Institute for Rheumatic Diseases (BIRD) for the amount of 25,597GBP to support the project entitled "Exploring educational challenges in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis." (August 2019-2020). PI: Dr Abbie Jordan Collaborators:Dr Line Caes & Dr Ceri Brown

Lending an ear: "iPeer2Peer" plus "Teens Taking Charge" Online Self- Management to empower children with Arthritis
National University of Ireland - Galway and Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Health Research Board - National Children’s Hospital Foundation 2017 (reference number: NCHF-2017-003)

 PI: Prof Brian McGuire; Co-PI:Dr Line Caes, Prof Jennifer Stinson, Dr Caroline Heary, Dr Siobhan O’Higgins, & Dr Sara Ahola Kohut

Keeping on track: Exploring Socio-developmental challenges faced by young people with ongoing pain and their families
Bath Centre for Pain Services

Pain Relief Foundation - Prize PhD studentship 

PI: Dr Abbie Jordan;Co-PI: Dr Line Caes, Prof Christopher Eccleston

Telling their story: Exploring future perceptions in young people with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Bath Centre for Pain Services

Rare Disease Foundation and the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF) (reference number: 2285)

PI: Dr Abbie Jordan; Co-PI:Dr Line Caes

Irish Cultural Adaptation and Usability Testing of the Teens Taking Charge: Managing Arthritis Online Program
The Wellcome Trust

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) is the most common rheumatic disease in childhood. In Ireland, 915,000 people, including 1,100 children, are living with arthritis. Childhood arthritis can negatively impact all aspects of health-related quality of life (HRQL) and has a significant economic impact on the health care system and families. Given the scope of the problem, the pain and suffering it imposes, and the paucity of research undertaken in children with JIA, there is a need for accessible and effective interventions that will assist these children and youth to find ways to better manage symptoms (such as pain) and improve overall health-related quality of life. Irish children with arthritis have been identified as receiving the second worst rate of care in Europe with waiting lists of up to 2 years to be seen by a Rheumatologist. The implementation of web-based interventions targeted at families of a child with JIA might be critical in overcoming this shortage by providing flexible access to a large number of patients across Ireland at a low cost. The goal of this project is to explore the acceptability, usability and feasibility of a Canadian ICT-based intervention in Irish children and adolescents.

Engaging young people in health research: Exploring innovative research designs to explore social challenges faced by young people with pain related health conditions
University of Bath

British Psychology Society - Research Seminar grant for the seminar series ’Engaging young people in health research: Exploring innovative research designs to explore social challenges faced by young people with pain related health conditions. (June 2016-2017); PI: Dr Abbie Jordan, co-PI: Dr Line Caes; amount: 3,000GBP

Parent-child mutual interactions during preschoolers’ everyday pain experiences: a pilot study
International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)

Pain is an integral part of children’s everyday experience and children mainly depend upon their parents for help and care. However, not all parental responses are equally adaptive and the association between parental responses and child outcomes is complex. The majority of research has either focused on parental or child factors but failed to take into account the bidirectional influences between parents and children. Appling the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model will provide a new perspective on parent- child interactions and how these interactions shape the child’s pain management strategies. Furthermore, research efforts have mainly focused on understanding pain in a medical context (e.g., pain during immunizations). Knowledge about everyday experiences, which constitute the main pain experiences of preschoolers, is limited and might provide unique insights into our understanding of child and parent experiences of pediatric pain. Funding is sought for a pilot study amongst 20 families of a child between 3-5 years of age to investigate the feasibility of two different methodologies to observe parent-child interactions within their home environment. The pilot study will provide invaluable information on the feasibility and practical aspects of home-based observations and indicate whether the intended coding and analyses plan is suitable for the gathered data.

How do adolescents with chronic pain use YouTube to communicate about their challenges?
British Psychology Society - Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme 2017

PI: Dr Line Caes, RA: Emily Katherine McKenzie

Professional membership

Committee member Irish Pain Society
Irish Pain Society

member of the British Pain Society
British Pain Society

Committee member SIGPEP (Special Interest Group Paediatric Psychology)
Psychological Society Ireland

member of the British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society

The Scottish Pain Research Community (SPaRC)

committee member Division of Health Psychology Scotland

Committee member of the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Children Pain and Palliative Care Clinical Studies Group (CSG)

Committee member SIG Pain in Childhood

Member of the Society of Pediatric Pscyhology
Society of Pediatric Psychology

Council member of the IASP SIG Pain in Childhood
International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)

Member of Network of Psychologists Working in Chronic Pain in Scotland (NPCPS)

Member International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)

Faculty member of Pain in Child Health (PICH)

Supervision of Research Assistants

Grace O'Sullivan
National University of Ireland - Galway

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