The Phelps Center research team is currently engaged in understanding pain in individuals with cerebral palsy. We hope to improve diagnosis tools, to understand causes of pain, and ultimately to develop safe, effective pain treatments.

Pain, Coping and Cognition

Question: What cognitive strengths or weaknesses affect how people with cerebral palsy cope with pain? 

Research: Perhaps certain types of cognitive therapy may help cope with pain


Pain, Sensation and the Brain

Question: Does sensory dysfunction cause chronic pain in some people with cerebral palsy?

Research: We need to understand why individuals have pain to develop targeted treatments.

Participating in Research at the Phelps Center

Research Opportunity for Children and Adults with Cerebral Palsy and/or Caregivers

This study is currently recruiting

Study name: Children and adults with cerebral palsy (CP) and/or their caregivers are needed to participate in a research study.

Description: This research is being done to find risk factors for chronic pain in people with cerebral palsy (CP).  We are also looking at the effects of pain on function, independence and quality of life in people with CP. People will be asked to complete online questionnaires at your convenience.

Participants will be emailed links to online questionnaires that will take 30 – 60 minutes to complete. The questions will be about medical diagnoses, quality of life and other factors that might influence pain.  Participants will receive $10 for completing all questionnaires.

Eligibility & Criteria

RPN: #IRB 00181801

Principal Investigator: Eric Chin, MD

Eligible Age Range:  Ages 8 and up

Contact Information:

Click here to view study flyer