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Title:  Racialized disparities in pain (care): An examination of the role of provider  and pain sufferer factors

Speaker: Ama Kissi (Ghent University)


Receiving quality pain care is a human right. Unfortunately, evidence suggests that the extent to which pain sufferers can appeal to this right often depends on their so-called race. Indeed, extant evidence indicates that in countries where the racialized majority is White, people of colour (e.g., Black people) are less likely to receive appropriate pain care (e.g., less analgesics, shorter medical encounters, …). These racialized disparities have been observed across various medical settings (e.g., emergency departments, palliative care units), pain conditions (e.g., chronic pain and cancer pain), and ages (e.g., children and adults). At present, however, little is known about the underlying mechanisms that may account for these disparities. In this talk I will discuss how observer (i.e., attentional processing of pain, racialized evaluations, enacted behaviors) and pain sufferer (i.e., perceptions of racialized discrimination) factors may be relevant for our understanding of racialized disparities in pain care and its impact on health outcomes. Theoretical and clinical implications, and ideas for future research will be offered.


Ama Kissi (Ph.D.) is a postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research aims to unravel those factors that may account for racial disparities in health care (with a particular focus on pain assessments and treatments).


  • When ?

Thursday 20 April 2023 from 10am till 12pm

  • Where ?

ULB - Solbosch Campus

Institut de Sociologie (building S)

Room Janne - 15th floor

44 avenue Jeanne - 1050 Bruxelles