Vice Chair for Research, Tonya Palermo, PhD, is Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and holds the Hughes M. and Katherine Blake Endowed Professorship in Health Psychology. She also serves as Associate Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute where she directs the Pediatric Pain & Sleep Innovations Lab. Dr. Palermo’s research focuses on behavioral, psychosocial and family factors that affect pain experiences, the interrelationship of sleep and pain, and innovative psychological treatments for managing and preventing chronic pain. She has published numerous papers, authored two books on cognitive behavioral therapy, and serves as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Pain. Dr. Palermo is the director of the T32 postdoctoral training program in anesthesiology research at UW.
Director of Resident and Fellow Research and Scholarship, Nicholas J. Kassebaum, MD, Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine and Adjunct Professor in Health Metrics Sciences and Global Health, provides leadership and oversight to the UW APM resident research programs including the Bonica Scholars Program and the Resident Research Track. Dr. Kassebaum also facilitates research opportunities for postdoctoral fellows participating in ACGME and Non-ACGME fellowship programs. Dr. Kassebaum’s research is in the field of RMNCAH/N (Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition), and includes work in oral health, demographics of aging, burden of surgical disease, human resources for health, and adverse effects of medical treatment. Dr. Kassebaum serves as Research Team Lead for Neonatal and Child Health at UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). He has published extensively, presented at multiple national and international conferences, and been invited to serve on more than 15 international technical advisory groups through organizations including WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, and the MITS Surveillance Alliance. Current and past funding support for Dr. Kassebaum’s work have come from National Institutes of Health, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, Smile Train International, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.