The Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship: Communicating Science & Improving Care

About the Fellowship

The MAYDAY Fund has long encouraged pain experts to assume public leadership roles to help end human suffering from pain through public discourse about research, best practices in care and policy. From 2004 to 2015, this public engagement and leadership training was provided through the “Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship: A Media and Policy Initiative,” which provided 60 Fellows with communication and public outreach skills. This initiative was based on the belief that experts would  increase their effectiveness in advancing the field of pain management and ensuring better care for patients by enhancing  their communication skills.

Building on this experience, The MAYDAY Fund is launching a new Fellowship in 2018 to build the next generation of pain experts who can provide evidence-based and solutions-focused information about pain care and treatment, as well as promising research emerging in the field.

The new Fellowship will provide a three-day communication workshop in Washington, D.C., for clinicians and researchers based in the United States or Canada who are passionate about improving pain care and who are dedicated to building communications skills and strategies aimed to reduce human suffering from acute and chronic pain. The Fund will seek applicants working on research and evidence-based approaches to advance what is known about pain and how to best care for it. Targeted work  might include: sharing critical research on the science of pain and on emerging evidence-based treatments, fixes to how pain is addressed in the health care system, training for frontline clinicians, sharing critical research on the science of pain and on emerging evidence-based treatments, and on addressing the disparities in care.

The application criteria and Fellowship requirements are included in the application below.

Training & Coaching

Once selected, Fellows will participate in a three-day training workshop to be held in Washington, D.C. Following the workshop, each Fellow will be provided with five hours of coaching support from a member of the coaching faculty at Burness to identify communications activities that they will complete within one year of the training.

There are no tuition costs. All travel, seminars, and communications coaching will be covered by The MAYDAY Fund.

Apply Now

Applications for the Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship: Communicating Science & Improving Care are now open. You can read more about the Fellowship here, and download the application here. Submit completed applications  by e-mail to Gideon Hertz at ghertz@burness.com.

The deadline to apply is Monday, January 10, 2020.

Press Materials
  • View the press release announcing the 2019-20 Mayday Fellows here.
  • View the press release announcing the 2018-19 Mayday Fellows here.

Mayday Fellows

2019-20 Mayday Fellows

Samina Ali, MDCM, FRCPC (PEM)
Professor, Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine, and Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta

Tamara Baker, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychology, and Director of Gerontology, University of Kansas

Edward Bilsky, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, Pacific Northwest University

Hance Clarke, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Staff Anesthesiologist; Director, Pain Services; Director, Good Hope Ehlers Danlos Clinic and Transitional Pain Service; and Medical Director, The Pain Research Unit, Toronto General Hospital; Co-chair, Knowledge Translation, University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain

Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD
Core Faculty, University of Colorado Center for Bioethics and Humanities, Anschutz Medical Campus

Mary Janevic, MPH, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan

Kate Nicholson, JD
Principal, ADAadept; National Council on Independent Living

Mark Pitcher, PhD
Director, Health Sciences Inter-Professional Research, University of Bridgeport

Pamela Ressler, MS, RN, HNB-BC
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Founder, Stress Resources

Jody Thomas, PhD
Executive Director, Meg Foundation

Janet Van Cleave, PhD, RN, AOCNP
Assistant Professor, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Erin Young, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kansas School of Medicine

Past Fellows

You can view a complete list of past Fellows and our Experts Guide here.

This Experts Guide connects you with some of North America’s leading experts in the fields of acute and chronic pain research and management. Experts from the United States and Canada are listed by subject area and by patient population, and are available to take your call for an interview or discussion. They represent a geographically diverse group from the many pain management medical disciplines. All of the experts are part of the Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship Program.

Advisory Committee

A multi-disciplinary Advisory Committee, comprising leaders working in the United States and Canada, will evaluate  applicants  with a clear passion for communicating evidence-based pain management strategies or research on basic and translational science to address pain. The Committee seeks those who want to bring their expertise to bear on public discourse, policy discussions, or in support of more research to improve knowledge about and  access to pain treatment.

Advisory Committee For 2019 Fellowship:

Christine Chambers, PhD, RPsych
Canada Research Chair in Children’s Pain; Killam Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience, Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre; 2012 Mayday Fellow

Karen Davis, PhD
Professor, Department of Surgery and Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto; Head, Division of Brain, Imaging and Behaviour-Systems Neuroscience, Krembil Research Institute, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network; 2013 Mayday Fellow

Renee Manworren, PhD, APRN, FAAN
Posy and Fred Love Chair in Nursing Research, Director of Nursing Research and Professional Practice, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine; 2012 Mayday Fellow

Cary Reid, MD, PhD
The Irving Sherwood Wright Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Cornell’s Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

Steven Stanos, DO
Medical Director, Swedish Health System Pain Medicine and Services, Seattle, WA

Gregory Terman, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, University of Washington; 2011 Mayday Fellow