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Biobehavioral Pediatric Pain Lab | Christine Sieberg, PhD, EdM, MA

Christine Sieberg
Staff Psychologist in the Pain Treatment Service
Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Sieberg is a Clinical Psychologist in the Pain Treatment Service at Boston Children's Hospital and an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is Co-founder and Co-Director of the Biobehavioral Pediatric Pain Lab. Dr. Sieberg is also an Adjunct faculty member at Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Sieberg is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston College where she studied Human Development and Education. She holds a Master of Education with a specialization in Risk and Prevention in Children from Harvard University and a Master of Arts in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College. Dr. Sieberg earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a dual focus in Child and Health Psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 2009. She completed her APA-approved Clinical Psychology Internship at Brown Medical School and a two-year Clinical-Research Fellowship with the Pain Treatment Service at Boston Children's Hospital where she was also an international trainee with the Pain in Child Health (PICH): Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research.

Dr. Sieberg’s research in the area of pediatric pain has included measure development, treatment outcome, and the consideration of parent factors in the maintenance and exacerbation of pediatric chronic pain. Currently, Dr. Sieberg has several protocols, encompassing human and animal models, examining the biopsychosocial factors that contribute to the development of persistent postsurgical pain. A major focus of this research is to identify children who demonstrate amplified Central Nervous System processing of pain-related information, and who are at elevated risk for adverse pain-related outcomes and reduced benefits of pain-reducing treatments. She is also interested in exploring gene-environment interactions and is obtaining training in translational research and pain genetics. She has active collaborations with the Departments of Orthopedics and the F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center at Boston Children's Hospital.

Dr. Sieberg serves as Co-Chair of the Salary and Resource Equity Committee for the Joint Commission on the Status of Women at Harvard Medical School and of the Intervention Committee for the Society of Pediatric Psychology Adolescent and Young Adult Special Interest Group. Dr. Sieberg also thoroughly enjoys mentoring students and trainees. She is a faculty advisor for the Program for Research Assistant Development and Achievement at Boston Children's Hospital and is a mentor for the Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering Mentoring Program. Dr. Sieberg accepts undergraduates and graduate students in Psychology and Medical Science to complete research internships each year. Please contact Dr. Sieberg at: for more information.

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