The Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship: Communicating Science & Improving Care
The 2024-2025 Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship applications are now open. Applications are due Friday, May 31, 2024, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Find more information and download the application below.

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

The 2023-2024 Mayday Fellows participated in a three-day training workshop held in Washington, D.C., from Sunday, October 6th, through Wednesday, October 9th, 2024. Following the workshop, each Fellow will receive 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

The Mayday Fellowship is now accepting applications for 2024-2025. Applications are due Friday, May 31, 2024, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

View and download the application and read the press release announcing the application period here.

  • View the press release announcing the 2023-24 Mayday Fellows here.
  • View the press release announcing the 2020-21 Mayday Fellows here.
  • View the press release announcing the 2019-20 Mayday Fellows here.

Mayday Fellows

2023-24 Mayday Fellows

Staja “Star”” Booker, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, University of Florida

Tania Di Renna, Bsc, MD, FRCPC
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, University of Toronto; Medical Director, Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute

Amy L. Drendel, DO, MS
Professor of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin; Interim Section Chief, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Shravani Durbhakula, MD, MPH, MBA
Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Juan Hincapie-Castillo, PharmD, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; President, Board of Directors, National Pain Advocacy Center

Deepa Kattail, MD, MHS, FAAP
Pediatric Anesthesiologist & Pain Physician, The Hospital for Sick Children

Vani A. Mathur, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences & Institute for Neuroscience, Texas A&M University

Virginia McIntyre, BA, RTR, RTMR
President and Executive Director, People in Pain Network; National Advisory Committee, Pain Canada

Melanie Noel, PhD, RPsych
Professor, Department of Psychology, Killam Memorial Emerging Leader Chair, University of Calgary

E. Alfonso Romero-Sandoval, MD, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Melissa Santos, PhD
Division Head of Pediatric Psychology, Associate Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Connecticut Children’s

Janiece Taylor, PhD, RN, FAAN
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

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
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UCSF School of Medicine; ECHO faculty, Dartmouth Hitchcock

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. The Advisory Committee is selected by the staff of the Mayday Fund in consultation with staff at Burness. Burness is responsible for the recruitment, selection and management of the Fellowship. The Advisory Committee is responsible for the selection of Fellows, and the staff and Board of the Mayday Fund do not weigh in on the selection of Fellows.

Advisory Committee For 2023-2024 Fellowship:

Samina Ali, MD
Professor, Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta; Vice-Chair, Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC); Western Canada Hub Lead, Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP); Research Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta; 2019 Mayday Fellow

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

Hance Clarke, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto; President-elect, Canadian Pain Society; Staff Anesthesiologist, Director Pain Services Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network; 2019 Mayday Fellow

Renee C.B. Manworren, PhD, APRN, FAAN
Posy and Fred Love Chair in Nursing Research, Director of Nursing Research and Professional Practice; Governor of Lurie Children’s PRESCIISE, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Chair, Women’s Faculty Organization, 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

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

Erin Y. Young, PhD
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine; Director, Clinician Scientist and Research Track; Medical Student Research Liaison; Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kansas Medical Center; 2019 Mayday Fellow