null Michael Sullivan, PhD

Investigator, RI-MUHC

Surgical and Interventional Sciences Program

Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, McGill University

Department of Medicine, Division of Psychology, MUHC



pain • depression • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) • disability

Research Focus

My research focuses on the psychological determinants of pain experience, pain expression and pain-related disability. At the basic process level, my research addresses the nature of behavioural systems involved in the communication of pain. At the clinical level, I have conducted several longitudinal cohort studies examining psychological predictors of problematic medical outcomes. At the applied level, I have been involved in clinical trials to examine the effectiveness of interventions that target psychosocial risk factors for prolonged pain and disability.

Selected Publications

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  • Pare, C., Thibault, P., Cote, P., Donayre Pimentel, S., Shen, S., Yakobov, E., Sullivan, M.J.L. (2019). The relation between level of catastrophizing and mental health comorbidity in individuals with whiplash injuries. Clinical Journal of Pain, 35, 880 - 886.

  • Elphinston, R.A., Thibault, P., Carriere, J.S., Rainville, P., Sullivan, M.J.L. (2018) Cross-sectional and prospective correlates of recovery expectancies in the rehabilitation of whiplash injury. Clinical Journal of Pain, 34, 306 – 312.

  • Carriere, J.S., Thibault, P., Adams, H., Milioto, M., Ditto, B., Sullivan, M.J.L. (2017). Expectancies mediate the relation between perceived injustice and return to work following whiplash injury. European Journal of Pain, 21, 1234 - 1242.

  • Sullivan, M.J.L., Adams, H., Thibault, P., Moore, E., Carriere, J.S., Lariviere, C. (2017). Return to work helps maintain treatment gains in the rehabilitation of whiplash injury. Pain, 158, 980 - 987.

  • Sullivan, M.J.L., Adams, H., Ellis, T., Clark, R., Sully, C., Thibault, P. (2017). Treatment-related reductions in catastrophizing predict return to work in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of Biobehavioral Research, DOI: 10.1111/jabr.12087.