Early Career Award

Early Career Award Winner for ISPP 2019

Tine Vervoort is a Research Professor at the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent University, Belgium. Dr. Vervoort came to her career as a research psychologist interested in pediatric psychology with a background in psychiatric (child/adolescent) nursing and clinical psychology.

Having completed her PhD in clinical psychology on social determinants of child pain expression she has systematically conceptualized the dynamic interaction between children in pain and caregivers in terms that facilitate empirical study of family socialization and social context as determinants of child pain experience.

Drawing upon an affective-motivational account of pain, she has developed a theoretically integrative and clinically informative program of research addressing

1) (social) determinants of child pain expression and experience

2) the role and interrelationship of child pain-related attention and memory biases

3) the role of observer emotion regulation in understanding observers' emotional and behavioural responses and, most recently

4) the nature and role of parental and child injustice appraisals in the context of child pain.

Her work has been presented at numerous international congresses and published within internationally peer-reviewed papers. She is likewise the recipient of a number of prestigious national and international awards/grants. She is also the proud mother of 4 boys.