Dr. Claire Pain
Dr. Clare Pain is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the
University of Toronto. She is Clinical Director of the Psychological
Trauma Assessment Clinic of Mount Sinai Hospital, as well as the
Clinical Research Director of the Traumatic Stress Service, Coordinator
of Psychotherapy Supervision of the London Health Science Center.
She is the recipient of the President’s Award at the International
Society for the Study of Dissociation and is the 2003 "Top Rated
Resident Module Lecturer": Psychiatry Residency Program, University of
Dr. Pain’s focus is on the assessment and treatment of patients with
psychological trauma and trans-cultural aspects of psychological
In 2003 she became the co-project director of the Toronto Addis
Ababa Psychiatry Project (TAAPP), http://www.utoronto.ca/ethiopia.
Through this program the Department of Psychiatry at UofT assists in
building capacity and sustainability in the first residency program in
In 2008 due to the success of TAAAC, Addis Ababa University
negotiated with UofT through Sarita Verma (then Graduate Program
Director), an extension of this program, which became the Toronto-Addis
Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC), http://www.taaac.com
TAAAC is growing and currently has over 14 individual partnerships
in 6 different faculties at UofT. Through these educational
partnerships volunteer faculty travel to Addis Ababa University to
teach for one month three times a year. By effectively strengthening
the training of medical subspecialists, Masters and PhD graduates
numbers increase, producing a critical mass of health and human
resources for service expansion, delivery and training.
Dr. Pain’s clinical focus is on the assessment and treatment of
patients who continue to suffer from the effects of psychological
trauma, including refugees whom she works with at the Canadian Centre
for Victims of Torture. She has lectured and taught on various aspects
of psychological trauma including trans-cultural aspects; and
increasingly on global mental health.
She has published a number of articles and two books: Trauma and the
Body: a Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy with Pat Ogden and
Kekuni Minton Norton 2006 and The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health
and Disease: The Hidden Epidemic, co-edited with Eric Vermetten and
Ruth Lanius, Cambridge University Press, 2010.