Doctorate, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 1994
Post-doctoral fellowship, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2005-2006
Dr. Hainsworth is a research psychologist with special interest in pediatric pain. Her research interests focus on the interrelationships between pain and obesity in children and adolescents. Dr. Hainsworth has shown that youth who experience both chronic pain and obesity have significantly lower quality of life than youth with chronic pain alone or obesity alone. She has also shown that youth with co-occurring pain and obesity have altered pain thresholds. Subsequent studies will be directed at elucidating the mechanisms underlying pain in this population. In addition, she has designed and conducted a number of studies focused on the benefits of yoga for children and adolescents. The study samples have included youth with chronic headache pain, youth with pediatric obesity and a sample of high school sophomores.
As well as conducting her own research, Dr. Hainsworth currently serves as the Research Director of the Jane B. Pettit Pain and Headache Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The Pain Management Center includes anesthesiologists, a clinical psychologist, advanced practice nurses, and nurses specializing in chronic pain. The Center’s research program covers a broad range of areas important to acute and chronic pain management, such as optimal opioid delivery systems, post-surgical pain management, and the study of biopsychosocial factors that impact patients’ lives. The Center is known for our inclusion of integrative medicine and a biopsychosocial approach to pediatric pain.
To contact Dr. Hainsworth, please call (414) 266-6306 or e-mail email@example.com.
American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award
2006 - Medical College of Wisconsin Postdoctoral Travel Award
Sept. 2006 - Midwest Pain Society, First Place Poster Award: The impact of overweight on health-related quality of life in children and adolescents with chronic pain
Sept. 2010 - Louis A. Goldstein Award for the best clinic poster presentation at the 2010 Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting. This award Presented annually for the presentation which best exemplifies the ideal and philosophy of Louis A. Goldstein, M.D. and the Scoliosis Research Society relative to the causes, cures and prevention of scoliosis and related deformities.
Jan. 2011 - Jane B. Pettit Pain and Palliative Care Center, 2011 American Pain Society, Clinical Center of Excellence Award (Our clinic is one of only five pediatric pain clinics to have received this prestigious award)
Oct. - 2011 International Society for Quality of Life Research Conference, Outstanding Poster Award