Researchers at the PEAK Lab at University of Calgary are recruiting autistic young adults between 18 and 24 years of age for a study on how experiences of pain and suffering are shaped by media.

Their goal is to better understand adolescent identity development through hearing participants’ memories of popular media that they watched or read when they were younger. Specifically:

  • Did the shows and films  you watched or stories you read help you understand who you are today?
  • What influence did those stories and characters have on your life?

In this study, participants will:

  • fill out a short questionnaire about themselves (asking for information such as demographics, etc.)
  • participate in a 20-40 minute interview with a researcher about their experiences of popular media
  • reflect on how participants’ experiences of pain and suffering were informed by media
  • receive a gift card as a thank you for participating

To take part in this study or if you have further questions,  please contact the research team by email at or contact them through the Peak Champions for Kids’ Pain Research lab website:

About the PEAK Research Lab

Working with interdisciplinary clinicians, scientists, and people with lived experience around the world, we study and understand how thoughts, feelings, and behaviours shape pain experiences over time. We champion improvement in children’s pain management, while learning from and helping families touched by pain.

We believe that treatments for child pain can be improved, and that pain problems can be prevented. Pain memories, attention, sleep, and interactions between parents and children following painful events are all on our research radar.Parents can be some of the most powerful and effective intervention agents in their children’s pain management.

Including parents’ thoughts, behaviours and interactions in research studies offer more understanding of how pain experiences are shaped in childhood. Together with parents and children, we can adjust how they think, remember, feel, and respond to pain to dramatically improve how children experience pain.

A rainbow of ideas, perspectives and backgrounds creates a stronger, more creative, and more supportive environment. Our lab is committed to enhancing and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion, and demonstrate this commitment in our academic work, clinical training, and research. It is pride in our work, passion and a shared commitment to good work that binds us together.  

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