Tine Vervoort



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Tine Vervoort is a Research Professor at the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology (Tenure Track). Dr. Vervoort came to her career as a research psychologist interested in pediatric psychology with a background in psychiatric (child/adolescent) nursing (BSc --1998) and clinical psychology (MSc -2003). She became intrigued in pediatric pain research during her clinical psychology internship (2001) at the Bath Centre for Pain Services (UK) where she worked with Prof. Chris Eccleston and Prof. Lance McCracken on a newly developed adolescent chronic pain programme. Having completed her PhD in clinical psychology on social determinants of child pain expression (2008; Ghent University) she has systematically conceptualized the dynamic interaction between children in pain and caregivers in terms that facilitate empirical study of family socialization and social context as determinants of child pain experience. Drawing upon an affective-motivational account of pain, she has developed a theoretically integrative and clinically informative program of research addressing 1) (social) determinants of child pain expression and experience; 2) the role and interrelationship of child pain-related attention and memory biases, 3) the role of observer emotion regulation in understanding observers' emotional and behavioural responses and, most recently, 4) the nature and role of parental and child injustice appraisals in the context of child pain.

Dr. Vervoort has an extensive network of national and international collaborations in Canada (IWK Children's Hospital in Halifax; University of (Northern) British Columbia, Vancouver; University of Guelph), the United States (University of Indianapolis; University of Birmingham, Alabama), the UK (Oxford University) and elsewhere. Her work has been presented at numerous international congresses and published within internationally peer-reviewed papers. She is likewise the recipient of a number of prestigious national and international awards/grants including the EFIC Grünenthal Grant (EGG; 2009) award for innovative and exploratory clinical pain research and the IASP Ulf Lindblom Young Investigator Award (2014) for outstanding contributions to clinical pain research. She is also the 2019 recipient of the Early Career Grant of the IASP Pain in Childhood SIG. She is also the proud mother of 4 boys.



  • Interpersonal dynamics of pain
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Emotion (regulation)
  • Empathy
  • Parental behaviour to child pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Memory bias
  • Attention bias