Professor Liesbet Goubert
Liesbet Goubert is Full Professor of Clinical Health Psychology in the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology at Ghent University, Belgium (http://www.ghplab.ugent.be). She is interested in psychosocial risk factors for the development of chronic (pediatric) pain and in the interpersonal dynamics of (chronic) pain and chronic illness. More recently, she became very interested in the study of psychosocial resilience mechanisms that may account for the sustainment of adaptive functioning and well-being in the presence of pain.
She has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and several book chapters on the role of others (e.g., parents, health care providers, partners) in the context of pediatric and adult pain. Her scholarly contributions have been recognized with several scientific awards, including the IASP-SIG Early Career Award in Pediatric Pain, the EFIC Grünenthal Grant Award and the Prize "Institut Belge de la Douleur-UPSA-Belgisch Pijninstituut". In 2017, she received the British Pain Society Medal in recognition for her outstanding contributions to the clinical science of pain.
She is a Council member of the IASP Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood (2018 – 2023) and a member of the IASP/EFIC Global Year 2019 taskforce “Pain in the most vulnerable”. She has been the Scientific Chair of the 11th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain (2017, Malaysia). At the national level, she is a member of the workforce Chronic Pain in Childhood of the Belgian Pediatric Pain Association.