Innovation in Participatory Engagement Research

PEPR is dedicated to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion for individuals with chronic pain and marginalization who engage in research.

Partnership History and Team Members

Fiona Webster (Professor, Western University Nursing; Director) was awarded a $2.4M Partnership grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, plus over $800k in additional partnered funding, 2022–2027. The project, “Toward democratization of health: A sociological exploration of patient engagement in pain research,” will be known by the acronym PEPR (Partnership for the Engagement of People in Pain Research).

PEPR is based at Western University in Ontario.

The Canada-wide partnership includes people with lived experience of chronic pain, eleven co-investigators, several collaborators, project staff, and postdoctoral fellows representing the University of Toronto, McGill University, the University of Victoria, the University of Calgary, York University, the University of Montreal, McMaster University, and the University of Quebec Abitibi-Témiscamingue.


Fiona Webster


Member, Leadership Team

People With Situated Experience

Therese Lane

Member, Leadership Team

Desmond Williams

Member, Leadership Team

Ocean Rain

Nathania Rodman


Dr. Kathryn Birnie

SKIP Representative

Member, Leadership Team

Maria Hudspith

Pain BC Representative

Dr. Daniel Buchman

Dr. Susana Caxaj

Dr. Craig Dale

Dr. Marilyn Ford-Gilboe

Dr. Joel Katz

Dr. Mehmoona Moosa-Mitha

Dr. Eric Mykhalovskiy

Dr. Kathleen Rice

Member, Leadership Team

Dr. Abhimanyu Sud

Member, Leadership Team


Dr. Helene Berman

Dr. Antoine Boivin

Dr. Norm Buckley

CPN, IPRC Representative

Dr. Leigh Chapman

Dr. Manon Choinière

QPRN Representative

Dr. Anaïs Lacasse

QPRN Representative

Dr. Andrew Pinto

Dr. Paula Rowland

Dr. Anna Zajacova


Laura Connoy

Research Manager

Member, Leadership Team

Yasser Essa

Engagement Lead

Member, Leadership Team

Jaklyn Andrews

Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator

Member, Leadership Team

Nathaniel Katz

Research Assistant

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dr. Leigha Comer

Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Laura Connoy

Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Graham MacDonald

Postdoctoral Associate


Bhavnita Mistry

Research Manager

Partner Organizations

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