More details on your current SIG council are below. All terms begin 1 Jan of the start year shown, and end 31 Dec of the end year shown.

Address for Correspondence:

Executive Committee:

  • President: Stefan Friedrichsdorf, MD, Pediatrics (USA) (2021-2023)
  • Past-President: Ananda Fernandes, PhD, Nursing (Portugal) (2018-2020)
  • President-Elect: Marsha Campbell-Yeo, RN, PhD, Nursing  (Canada) (2021-2023)
  • Secretary: Marcela Pizarro, MD, Pediatrics (Uruguay) (2021-2023)
  • Treasurer: Line Caes, PhD, Psychology (United Kingdom) (2021-2023)


  • Liesbet Goubert, PhD, Psychology Belgium) (2018-2023)
  • Folaju Oyebola, MBBS, Pharmacology (Nigeria) (2020-2025)
  • Lorenzo Fabrizi, PhD, Neuroscience and Pharmacology (United Kingdom) (2020-2025)
  • Abbie Jordan, PhD, Psychology (UK) (2021 – 2026)
  • Angela SH Yeo, MMed, Anesthesiology (Singapore) (2021 – 2026)
  • Clara Abadesso, MD, Pediatrics (Portugal) (2021 – 2026)

Liaison to IASP Council: To be confirmed

More background information on the current council members:

Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf, MD, FAAP, is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and Medical Director of the Stad Center for Pediatric Pain, Palliative and Integrative Medicine at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. Since 2008 he has directed the annual Pediatric Pain Master Class, a unique week-long intensive course for interdisciplinary health professionals. As the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Cancer Institute (NCI) multisite study on the creation, implementation and evaluation of the Pediatric Palliative Care Curriculum “Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EPEC)-Pediatrics.”

Dr. Ananda Fernandes trained as a general nurse in Coimbra, Portugal, and specialized in Pediatric Nursing in Grenoble, France. After a few years working in the Emergency Department of the Pediatric Hospital of Coimbra, she started my academic career at the Nursing School of Coimbra, where she currently works as a full professor. In 2000, she published “Children in Pain: the every day of pain work in the hospital” (in Portuguese), an ethnographic study that uncovered the misconceptions and organizational constraints that contribute to the undertreatment of pain in children.


Dr. Campbell-Yeo, a neonatal nurse practitioner, is a Professor of Nursing and Clinician Scientist at the Dalhousie University School of Nursing and IWK Health, Halifax, Canada, with cross-appointments with the departments of Pediatrics, Psychology, and Neuroscience. She is the Scientific Director of the Mechanisms, Outcomes, and Mobilization of Maternally Led Interventions to Improve Newborn Care (MOM-LINC) Research Lab. She was elected as a Councillor for the Pain in Childhood SIG of the International Association for the Study of Pain. She is the past Treasurer and currently President-Elect of the Executive for the Pain on Childhood SIG.

Dr. Marcela Pizarro is a pediatrician from Uruguay, and she works at the national pediatric burn center as well as other hospitals. Dr. Pizarro is co-founder of the first pediatric pain committee at the Uruguayan Pediatric Society.



Dr. Line Caes is a lecturer of psychology at the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK. Her main research interest concerns furthering our understanding of the bidirectional influence between parents and children during painful experiences and how this influence changes throughout childhood. For more information click here.



Dr. Liesbet Goubert is Full Professor of Clinical Health Psychology in the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology at Ghent University, Belgium. She is a clinical psychologist studying vulnerability and resilience mechanisms in chronic pain and interpersonal dynamics of (pediatric and adult) pain and chronic illness. She teaches courses related to health psychology, including Pediatric and Medical Psychology. Next to her academic activities, she also works as a clinical psychologist within a multidisciplinary primary care setting.


Dr. Folaju 0. Oyebola is a Chief Consultant in Pain and Palliative Medicine at the Federal Medical Centre Abeokuta, Nigeria, where he integrated Chronic Pain management and Palliative Supportive Care services for Children and adults in Acute Care Tertiary Health Center since 2002. His background includes Anesthesiology, Chronic Pain Pharmacology, and Palliative Medicine.



Dr Lorenzo Fabrizi is a Principal Research Fellow in the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology at University College London, UK. He is a neuroscientist studying the development of the preterm human brain and of somatosensory and pain processing using EEG, NIRS, and MRI.



Dr. Abbie Jordan is a Reader at the Centre for Pain Research & Department of Psychology at the University of Bath in the UK. Abbie is a psychologist and focuses her work on exploring the social context of pediatric chronic pain, particularly on the use of innovative qualitative methods, developmental and familial factors.



Dr. Angela Yeo is a Senior Consultant Paediatric Anesthetist in KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore. She is the Clinical Director of the Children’s Pain Service and is passionate about improving and advocating for pediatric pain in Singapore and in the region. She is one of the founding members of the Asian Society of Paediatric Anaesthetists (ASPA) Paediatric Pain Special Interest Group, which is being inaugurated in Nov 2021. Her interests lie in chronic and procedural pediatric pain.


Dr. Clara Abadesso is a Consultant Pediatrician with a pediatric intensive care sub-specialty, working in the PICU of Hospital Prof. Doutor Fernando Fonseca in Portugal since 2004. In Portugal, she has been opening the path in pediatric pain, in her hospital, and nationally. She created the Pain Working Group in her hospital, which she has coordinated since then, and started a pediatric pain consultation recently. Since 2017, she has coordinated the Child and Adolescent Pain Working Group of the Portuguese Association for the Study of Pain.


Past Councils:

SIG Council, June 2019 (Basel, Switzerland)
Left to right: Line Caes, Christine Chambers, Allen Finley (IASP Council liaison),
Ananda Fernandes, Ricardo Carbajal, Stefan Friedrichsdorf, Deirdre Logan,
Missing from photo: Lindsey Cohen, Marsha Campbell-Yeo, Maria Fitzgerald, Liesbet Goubert, Carl von Baeyer


SIG Council, July 2017 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Left to right: Line Caes, Marsha Campbell-Yeo, Gary Walco, Ananda Fernandes, Carl von Baeyer,
Stefan Friedrichsdorf, Maria Fitzgerald, Christine Chambers, Allen Finley (IASP Council liaison)
Missing from photo: Ricardo Carbajal, Deirdre Logan, Lindsey Cohen


For photos of Council in earlier years, see History.