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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Fellowship was postponed until 2021. The 2020 Class will gather once it is safe to do so and recruitment for the Class of 2022 will be held in late 2021 or early 2022. We regret the disruption and remain excited by the potential of the Program, especially as the importance of high quality, accurate science and medical communication has been highlighted throughout this pandemic. Please continue to check this website for updates in the fall of 2021.
2020-21 Mayday Fellows
Antje Barreveld, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Tufts University School of Medicine; Medical Director, Pain Management; Director of Education and Outreach, Substance Use Services, Department of Anesthesiology, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Kathryn Birnie, PhD RPsych
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, University of Calgary; Assistant Scientific Director, Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP); Psychologist, Alberta Children’s Hospital
Amber K. Brooks, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology/Section on Pain Medicine, Wake Forest Baptist Health
Gregory Dussor, PhD
Associate Professor and Eugene McDermott Endowed Fellow, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, The University of Texas at Dallas; Associate Editor, The Journal of Neuroscience
Kirsten Hanrahan, DNP, ARNP, CPNP-PC, FAAN
Director, Research and Evidence-Based Practice, Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Maile Young Karris, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Divisions of Infectious Diseases & Global Public Health and Geriatrics & Gerontology, University of California San Diego; Associate Director, San Diego Center for AIDS Research Clinical Investigations Core; Owen Clinic Research Director, University of California San Diego
Elisha E. Peterson, MD, FAAP
Director, Chronic Pain, Children’s National Hospital; Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Pain, and Perioperative Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Edin T. Randall, PhD
Attending Psychologist, Mayo Family Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center, Boston Children’s Hospital; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Nivez Rasic, BSc, MD, FRCPC
Medical Director, Vi Riddell Pain & Rehabilitation Program, Alberta Children’s Hospital; Pediatric Anesthesiologist, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia, University of Calgary
Ravi D. Shah, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Chronic Pain Treatment Program, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; Medical Director, Lurie Westchester Outpatient Surgery Center; Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Kimberly Wittmayer, MS, APN, PCNS-BC, AP-PMN
Pediatric Clinical Nurse, Pediatric Pain Service, Advocate Children’s Hospital
Rachel Zoffness, PhD
Pain Psychologist; Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UCSF School of Medicine
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
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.
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
Scientific Director, Canadian Institute of Health Research – Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (CIHR-IHDCYH); Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children’s Pain and Killam Professor, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience and Pediatrics, Dalhousie University; Scientific Director, Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP); 2012 Mayday Fellow
Karen Davis, PhD
Professor, Department of Surgery and Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto; President-elect, Canadian Pain Society; 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