Ken Craig, Ph.D., OC

CREDENTIALS: Professor Emeritus Psychology, UBC
EXPERT: Psychology


Dr. Ken Craig has had a longstanding career as a clinical psychologist and research investigator working towards better understanding and control of pain. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and Editor-in-Chief of Pain Research & Management, the journal of the Canadian Pain Society.

His research has focused upon the challenges of pain assessment and the social parameters of pain experience and expression and caregiver decision-making, with a focus upon infants and children and populations with communication limitations, including people with intellectual disabilities and seniors with dementia.

He currently receives grant support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the US National Institutes of Health. He has served as President of the Canadian Pain Society and the Canadian Psychological Association. Awards and honours include appointment as an Officer in the Order of Canada.


Relevant publications/posters authored and co-authored by Dr. Ken D. Craig’s:

Craig, K.D. (2015). The social communication model of pain. Pain, 156, 1198-1199.

Hadjistavropoulos, T., Herr, K., Prkachin, K.M., Craig, K.D., Gibson, S.J., Lukas A., & Smith, J.H. (2014). Pain assessment in older adults with dementia. Lancet Neurology, 13, 1216-1227.

Boerner, K.E., Chambers, C.T., Craig, K.D., Pillai Riddell, R.R. & Parker, J.A. (2013). Caregiver accuracy in detecting deception in facial expressions of pain in children. Pain 154, 525-533.

Craig, K.D., Versloot, J., Goubert, L., Vervoort, T., & Crombez, G. (2010). Perceiving others in pain: Automatic and controlled mechanisms. Journal of Pain, 11, 101-108.

Schiavenato, M., & Craig, K.D. (2010). Pain assessment as a social transaction: Beyond the “Gold Standard”. Clinical Journal of Pain, 26, 667—676.

Hill, M.L., & Craig, K.D. (2004). Detecting deception in facial expressions of pain: Accuracy and training. Clinical Journal of Pain, 20, 415-422.

Craig, K.D. & Hill, M.L. (2003). Detecting voluntary misrepresentation of pain in facial expression. In P. Halligan, C. Bass, & D. Oakley (Eds.). Malingering and illness deception. Pp. 336-347. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press.

Hill, M.L., & Craig, K.D. (2002). Detecting deception in pain expressions: The structure of genuine and deceptive facial displays. Pain, 98, 135-144.

Craig, K.D., Hill, M.L., McMurtry, B. (1999). Detecting deception and malingering. In A.R. Block, E.F. Kramer, & E. Fernandez (Eds.), Handbook of Chronic Pain Syndromes: Biopsychosocial Perspectives. pp. 41-58. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum.


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