Line Caes, PhD

Department of Psychology
University of Stirling
United Kingdom


Dr. Caes obtained her Masters in Psychology with Magna cum Lauda at Ghent University (Belgium), where she also undertook graduate training funded by the Funds for Scientific Research in Flanders. Her dissertation was awarded Le Prix de Psychologie, these de psychologie scientifique awarded by Academie Royale de Belgique. She is also the recipient of the Dr John T Goodman Award for Student Research in Pediatric Pain 2012 and The South wood Adolescent Chronic Pain Visiting Studentship Award 2012, supporting an extended visit to the Centre for Pain Research at The University of Bath, UK. After her graduate training she joined the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research (IWK Health Centre,, Canada) as a post-doctoral fellowship funded by the Louise and Alan Edwards Fellowship in Pediatric Pain Research. Dr. Caes is currently a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at NUI Galway (Ireland) where she contributes to research and teaching of Health Psychology.

Research Interest

Dr. Caes is a member of the Centre for Pain Research-her research interests are pediatric psychology, with a specific interest in the psychosocial aspects of pediatric pain: The role of family functioning and parental characteristics in explaining parental behaviour in response to their child in pain and the subsequent impact on their childs level of pain, Quality of live and adjustment to a pediatric chronic illness (e.g., cancer, inflammatory bowel disease) in both patient and their family (i.e., parents and siblings), Parent-child interactions throughout development.

Scientific Activities


• Poster Prize Medal 2nd place, Irish Pain Society annual meeting 2014 for poster Caes L, Gandhi W, Parker J, Schweinhardt P, & Chambers CT. The impact of pain on reward processes: feasibility test of an adjusted protocol in undergraduate students
• Dr. John T Goodman Award for Student Research in Pediatric Pain 2012 to honour the mentoring of Dr. John T. Goodman of Ottawa Canada for the article Impact of parental catastrophizing and contextual threat on parents emotional and behavioral responses to their childs pain published in Pain in 2012
• Poster Prize – Honourable Mention, Canadian Pain Society Annual Meeting 2013, Winnipeg, Canada:Caes L, Vervoort T, Devos, P, Verlooy J, Benoit Y, Chambers, CT, & Goubert, L. (2013). Own worries and stress level influence health care professional and parents estimation of child pain during a painful medical procedure
• Le Prix de Psychologie, these de psychologie scientifique, 17th periode treinnale, 2010-2012 awarded by Academie Royale de Belgique for dissertation titles Parental reactions to the pain of their child: An affective- motivational analysis
• Louise and Alan Edwards Fellowship in Pediatric Pain Research 2012 for my postdoctoral research project entitled: Parent-child relationships and parental responses to child pain from October 1, 2012 until September 30, 2014
• The South wood Adolescent Chronic Pain Visiting Studentship Award 2012 for lab visit to Centre for Pain Research in The University of Bath from November 29 until December 23, 2012
• Poster awarded as Best research in the psychosocial oncology at the first CHIcongres Pscyhosociale Oncologie-psychosocial research and practice, Belgium: Caes L, Vervoort T, & Goubert L. (2011). Parental catastrophic thoughts are associated with parental distress during childs lumbar and bone marrow punctures


• (2013-Present), Trainee Member of Canadian Pain Society (CPS)
• (2013-Present ), Trainee Member of Society of Pediatric Psychology (Devision 54) – APA Devisions
• (2012-Present), Member of External Relations Committee of Pain in Child Health (PiCH)
• (2009-Present), Trainee Member of Pain in Child Health (PiCH)
• (2008-Present), Trainee Member of International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
• (2009-2011), Member of Research Institute of Psychology and Health (P&H)
• (2008-2012), Trainee Member of Belgian Pain Society (BPS)


• (2014-Present), Member of the School of Psychology – Undergraduate program board, NUI Galway
• (2014-Present), Member of the Dalhousie Postdoctoral Society Committee-CAPS representative
• (2014-Present), Member of the executive committee of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS)
• (2013-Present), Member of International Committee of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (Devision 54) – APA Divisions
• (2011-2013), Member of Planning Committee of the 2012 & 2013 Annual Institute of Pain in Child
• Health (PiCH) held in Whistler, Winnipeg, & White Point


1. Caes L, Vervoort T, Devos P, Verlooy J, Benoit Y, Goubert L. Parental distress and catastrophic thoughts about child pain: implications for parental protective behavior in the context of child leukemia related medical procedures. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2014; 30(9): 787-799. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000028
2. Caes L, Goubert L, Devos P, Verlooy J, Benoit Y, Vervoort T. The relationship between parental catastrophizing about child pain and distress in response to medical procedures in the context of childhood cancer treatment: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2014; 39(7): 677-686. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsu034
3. Vervoort T, Trost Z, Sütterlin S, Caes L, Moors A. The emotion regulatory function of parent attention to child pain and associated implications for parental pain control behaviour. Pain. 2014; 155(8): 1453-1463. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2014.04.015
4. Boerner KE, Birnie KA, Caes L, Schinkel MG, Chambers CT. Sex differences in experimental pain among healthy children: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain. 2014; 155: 983-993.
5. Birnie KA, Caes L, Chambers CT, Wilson A, Williams S. A Practical Guide and Perspectives on Use of Various Experimental Pain Modalities with Children and Adolescents. Journal of Pain Management. 2014; 4(2): 97-111. doi: 10.2217/pmt.13.72
6. Caes L, Goubert L, Sullivan M, Chambers CT. Catastrophic thinking about pain: A critical appraisal highlighting the importance of the social context and balance. Journal of Signs and Symptoms. 2014; 2(5): 298-308.
7. Vervoort T, Caes L, Trost Z, Goubert L. Parental attention to their childs pain is modulated by threat-value of pain. Health Psychology. 2012; 31: 623-631. doi: 10.1037/a0029292
8. Caes L, Vervoort T, Eccleston C, Goubert L. Parents who catastrophize about their childs pain prioritize pain control strategies above child engagement in other activities. Pain. 2012; 153: 1695-1701. doi:10.1016/j.pain.2012.04.028
9. Caes L, Vervoort T, Trost Z, Goubert L. The impact of parental catastrophizing and contextual threat on parents emotional and behavioral responses to their childs pain. Pain. 2012; 153: 687-695. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2011.12.007
10. Caes L, Uzieblo K, Crombez G, De Ruddere L, Vervoort T, Goubert L. Negative emotional responses elicited by observing others in pain: psychophysiological evidence. Journal of Pain. 2012; 13: 467-476. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2012.02.003
11. Caes, L, Vervoort, T, Eccleston, C, Vandenhende M, Goubert L. Parental catastrophizing about childs pain and its relationship with activity restriction: The mediating role of parental distress. Pain. 2011; 152: 212-222. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2010.10.037
12. Vervoort T, Caes L, Crombez G, et al. Parental catastrophizing about childrens pain and selective attention to varying levels o f facial expression of pain in children: A dot-probe study. Pain. 2011; 152: 1751-1757. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2011.03.015
13. Vervoort T, Caes L, Trost Z, Sullivan M, Vangronsveld K, Goubert L. Social modulation of facial pain display in high-catastrophizing children: An observational study in schoolchildren and their parents. Pain. 2011; 152: 1591-1599.doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2011.02.048