Meet Our Team


Rachael Coakley, Ph.D.

Program Director

Dr. Rachael Coakley is the Director of Clinical Innovation and Outreach in Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is also an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Coakley specializes in teaching children, adolescents and parents effective strategies to cope with pediatric chronic pain and pain-related stress using relaxation, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral skills. She has published numerous articles and chapters on pediatric pain management and related topics and has presented at national and international conferences.

When Your Child Hurts

Dr. Coakley founded The Comfort Ability in 2011 and directs the implementation at Boston Children’s Hospital. For her work with The Comfort Ability program she was granted the 2016 David Weiner Award for Innovation in Child Health. The Comfort Ability program is made possible by the Sara Page Mayo Endowment for Pediatric Pain Research & Education and the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at Boston Childrens Hospital.

Dr. Coakley’s book, “When Your Child Hurts: Effective Strategies to Increase Comfort, Reduce Stress and Break the Cycle of Chronic Pain” (Yale University Press), won a 2016 National Parenting Products Award (NAPPA).

Simona Bujoreanu, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Dr. Bujoreanu is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and joined the CAP team from the Psychiatry Consultation Service at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she has been a senior staff psychologist since 2008. She obtained her PhD from the University of Rhode Island and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at DFCI.  She has extensive experience working with youth with both medical and psychiatric conditions and their families and has been an integral part of multidisciplinary teams throughout the hospital.  Simona has also played a key role in teaching and supervising pre- and post-doctoral psychology trainees, psychiatry fellows, and medical students and has been recognized with several awards for her work in this domain.  Her research has focused on depressive symptoms in children and adolescents with IBD, somatoform presentations, eating disorders, and health care utilization.  She has been part of several BCH committees on training and innovation leading to the development of hospital wide clinical practice guidelines.

Amy Hale, Ph.D.

Clinical Lead

Dr. Hale joined the CAP team from the Boston Children's Department of Gastroenterology where she has been an attending psychologist since 2016. Within the GI department, she has served on the Functional Abdominal Pain Team and the Growth and Nutrition Program.  She obtained her PhD from University of Connecticut and completed her fellowship at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and at the University of Connecticut Health Center.  She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with pain and functional gastrointestinal disorders, as well as training community-based clinicians on evidence-based treatments for GI conditions.  Her research has focused on primarily in anxiety and somatic symptoms in GI populations and multidisciplinary treatment models and development of assessment tools.

Janae Biggs, BS
Program Manager

Janae has a background of Program Management specifically in the field of Health, Wellness, and Exercise.  Before joining the CAP team, Janae has worked with various nonprofit organizations for over five years. Most recently, she served as Director of Health and Wellness at the YMCA where she managed and expanded programming pertaining to chronic disease, childhood obesity, and general weight loss.  She earned her bachelor’s in Exercise Health Science at UMass Boston.

Maureen Burns, BS, BA 

Research Coordinator 

Maureen joined the team in 2018, with four years of experience in education and youth program management. Maureen earned her bachelors’ in Psychology and Studio Art at Loyola University Chicago and recently completed a graduate certificate in Social Justice from the Harvard Extension School. 

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