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angle-left Michael Sullivan, PhD

Investigator, RI-MUHC

Injury Repair Recovery Program

Centre for Innovative Medicine

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


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

  • Sullivan, M.J.L., Hyman, M.H. (2014). Return to work as a treatment objective for patients with chronic pain? Journal of Pain & Relief, 3: 1-3.

  • Sullivan, M.J. L., Adams, H., Ellis, T. (2013). A psychosocial risk-targeted intervention to reduce work disability: Development, evolution and implementation challenges. Psychological Injury and Law, 6: 250-257.

  • Sullivan, M.J.L., Simon, G. (2012). A telephonic intervention for promoting occupational re-integration in work-disabled individuals with musculoskeletal pain. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 2: 149 – 158.

  • Sullivan, M.J.L., Adams, H., Ellis, T. (2012). Targeting catastrophic thinking to promote return to work in individuals with fibromyalgia. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 2: 130 – 142.

  • Sullivan, MJL., Tanzer, M., Reardon, G., Amirault, D., Dunbar, M., Stanish, WD. (2011). The role of pre-surgical expectancies in predicting pain and function one year following total knee arthroplasty. Pain, 152: 2287 - 2293.