Academic Faculty


Bruce Dick, PHD, R Psych

Professor (UAH)

Medicine & Dentistry

Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Dr. Dick received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Dalhousie University in the Pediatric Pain Research Laboratory. Some of his doctoral research and clinical training related to chronic pain was also completed at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath, UK and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, NS. He was also an AHFMR Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary and Alberta Children’s Hospital in the Behavioural Research Unit.

Dr. Dick is also a registered clinical psychologist who provides clinical services in the Pediatric Chronic Pain Clinic at Stollery Children’s Hospital and in the Multidisciplinary Pain Centre at the University of Alberta Hospital.


Dr. Dick's research focuses on the effects of chronic pain across the lifespan on a number of factors including:

  • Cognitive function
  • Disability
  • Sleep
  • Stigmatization of patients
  • Quality of life

Other research interests include:

  • Distance treatment programs for individuals with pain and their families
  • Educational programs aimed at improving clinical outcomes
  • Population factors associated with chronic pain

Selected Publications

  1. Boakye, P.A., Olechowski, C., Rashiq, S., Verrier, M. J., Kerr, B., Witmans, M., Baker, G., Joyce, A., & Dick, B.D. (in press). A critical review of neurobiological factors involved in the interactions between chronic pain, depression, and sleep disruption. Clinical Journal of Pain. PMID: 26035521.

  2. Mifflin, K, Chroney, J., Dick B.D. (in press). Attention and Working Memory in Female Adolescents with Chronic Pain. Clinical Journal of Pain. DOI:10.1097/AJP.0000000000000239.

  3. Forgeron, P.A., MacLaren-Chorney, J., Carlson, T.E., Dick, B.D., Plante, E. (in press). To Befriend or Not: Naturally Developing Friendships Amongst a Clinical Group of Adolescents with Chronic Pain. Pain Management Nursing. DOI:

  4. C Pachêco-Pereira, J Pereira, A Perez, B Dick, C Flores-Mir. (in press). Factors Associated with Patient's and/or Parent's Satisfaction After Orthodontic Treatment: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Orthodontics.

  5. Fleck-Prediger, C, Hajra, SG, Dick, BD, Gray, S ,Petley, L, & D’Arcy, RCN. (in press). Clinical applications of the Halifax Consciousness Scanner (HCS): Tracking recovery in a severely brain injured patient. International Neurotrauma Letter.

  6. De Luca Canto, G, Singh, V, Conti, P, Dick, BD, Major, PW, Flores-Mir, C. (in press). Association Between Sleep Bruxism and Psychosocial Factors in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review. Clinical Pediatrics.

  7. Troche SJ, Houlihan ME, Connolly JF, Dick BD, McGrath, PJ, Finley GA, Stroink G. (in press). The effect of pain on involuntary and voluntary capture of attention. European Journal of Pain.

  8. Bostick GP, Toth C, Dick BD, Carr ECJ, Stitt LW, Moulin DE. (in press). An adaptive role for negative expected pain in patients with neuropathic pain? Clinical Journal of Pain.

  9. Fuentes, J., Armijo-Olivo, S., Funabashi, M., Miciak, M.A., Dick, B., Warren, S., Rashiq, S., Magee, D.J., & Gross, D.P. (in press). Contributors for the placebo mediated analgesia in chronic low back pain. Physiotherapy.

  10. Petter, M., Chambers, C.T., McGrath, P.J., Dick, B.D. & Parker, J.A. (2014) The Effects of Mindful Attention and State Mindfulness on Acute Experimental Pain among Adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39(5), 521-31.

  11. McWilliams, L. A., Higgins, K., Dick, B. D., & Verrier, M. J. (2014). A Longitudinal Investigation of Pain-related Social Support Preferences in a Chronic Pain Treatment Sample. Clinical Journal of Pain, 30(8), 672-8.

  12. Mawani, A., Rashiq, S., Verrier, M.J., & Dick, B.D. (2014). The effect of mindfulness meditation on pain and spirituality in patients with chronic non-cancer pain. Journal of Pain Management,7(1), 75-84.

  13. Fuentes, J., Armijo-Olivo, S., Funabashi, M., Miciak, M.A., Dick, B., Warren, S., Rashiq, S., Magee, D.J., & Gross, D.P. (2014) Enhanced Therapeutic Alliance Modulates Pain Intensity and Muscle Pain Sensitivity in Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain: An Experimental Controlled Study. Phys Ther, 94(4), 477-89.

  14. Stinson J, Gupta A, Dupuis F, Dick B, Laverdiere C, LeMay S, Sung L, Dettmer E, Gomer S, Lober J, Chan CY. (2014). Usability Testing of an Online Self-Management Program for Adolescents With Cancer. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. Jul 18. pii: 1043454214543021. [Epub ahead of print].

  15. McWilliams, L. A., Kowal, J., Sharpe, D., & Dick, B. D. (2014). Psychometric Evaluation and Refinement of the Pain Response Preference Questionnaire. Pain Research and Management, 19(1), 42-48.

  16. Vallabh, P.K., Rashiq, S., Verrier, M.J., Baker, G., Sanderman, B., Dick BD. (2014). The effect of a cognitive-behavioral therapy chronic pain management program on perceived stigma: A clinical controlled trial. Journal of Pain Management, 7(4).

  17. Petter, M., Chambers, C.T., McGrath, P.J., Dick, B.D. (2013) The role of trait mindfulness in the pain experience of adolescents. J Pain, 14(12),1709-18.

  18. Verhoeven, K., Dick, B., Eccleston, C., Goubert, L., & Crombez, G. (2013). The role of executive functioning in children’s attentional pain control: An experimental analysis. Pain, 155(2),413-21.

  19. Rashiq, S., & Dick, B. D. (2013). Postsurgical pain syndromes - a review for the non-pain specialist. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.

  20. Bailey, S.J., McWilliams, L.A., & Dick, B.D. (2012). Expanding the Social Communication Model of Pain: Are Adult Attachment Characteristics Associated with Observers' Pain-related Evaluations? Rehabilitation Psychology,57(1),27-34. doi: 10.1037/a0026237.

  21. McWilliams, L. A., Dick, B. D., Bailey, K., Verrier, M. J., Kowal, J. (2012). A Psychometric Evaluation of the Pain Response Preference Questionnaire in a Chronic Pain Patient Sample. Health Psychology,31(3), 343-51. doi: 10.1037/a0027014.

  22. Koning, C., Magill-Evans, J., Volden, J., & Dick, B. (2012). Efficacy of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy-Based Social Skills Intervention for School-Aged Boys with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

  23. Dick, B.D. (2012). Merging science and practice in treating pediatric chronic pain: Handbook of pediatric chronic pain: current science and integrative practice. edited by Brenda C. McClain and Santhanam Suresh. Springer Publishing. Pediatric Pain Letter, 14(1), April 2012.

  24. Dick, B.D., Rashiq. S, Verrier, M. J., Ohinmaa, A., & Zhang, J. (2011). Symptom Burden, Medication Detriment, and Support for the Use of the 15D Health-Related Quality of Life Instrument in a Chronic Pain Clinic Population. Pain Research and Treatment. Article ID 809071, 7 pages, doi:10.1155.

  25. Forgeron, P.A., McGrath, P.J., Stevens, B., Evans, J., Dick, B.D., Finley, G.A., & Carlson, T. (2011). Social information processing in adolescents with chronic pain: My friends don’t really understand me. Pain, 152(12), 2773-80.

  26. Harker, K.T., Klein, R.M., Dick, B.D., Verrier, M. J., & Rashiq, S. (2011). Exploring the attentional disruption in Fibromyalgia using the attentional blink. Psychology & Health, iFirst, 1-15, doi:10.1080/08870446.2010.525639.

  27. Tul, Y., Unruh, A., Dick, B.D. (2011). Yoga for chronic pain management: A qualitative exploration. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences 25(3), 435-443.

Book Chapters

  1. Dick, B.D., Reid, K., Verrier, M.J., Baloukov, A. (in press). Pain Assessment in Children Undergoing Regional Anesthesia. In B. Tsui (Ed.), Pediatric Regional Anesthesia.

  2. Dick, B.D., Ladwig, R., Varadarajan, J., Sangster, M., McGrath, P. (2008). Pediatric Headache and Chronic Abdominal Pain. In G.A. Finley, C. Chambers, and P. McGrath (Eds.), Pediatric Pain: A Clinical Casebook. Contemporary Pain Medicine. Humana: Totowa, N.J.

  3. Dick, B.D. (2008). Chronic Pain in Children. In E. Jonsson, P. Taenzer, and S. Rashiq (Eds.), Health Policy Perspectives on Chronic Pain. Institute of Health Economics: Alberta, Canada. Gaffney, A., McGrath, P. J., & Dick, B. D. (2003). Measuring pain in children: Developmental and instrument issues. In Schechter, N., Berde, C., and Yaster, M. (Eds.), Pain in Infants, Children, and Adolescents (2nd edition). Williams & Wilkins:

  4. Gaffney, A., McGrath, P. J., Dick, B. D. (2003). Measuring pain in children: Developmental and instrument issues. In Schechter, N., Berde, C., and Yaster, M. (Eds.), Pain in Infants, Children, and Adolescents (2nd edition). Williams & Wilkins: Baltimore.

  5. McGrath, P. J., Dick, B. D., & Unruh, A. (2003). Psychological treatment of pain in children and adolescents. In Schechter, N., Berde, C., and Yaster, M. (Eds.), Pain in Infants, Children, and Adolescents (2nd edition). Williams & Wilkins: Baltimore.