Michael Sullivan


Stewart Biological Sciences Bldg.
Room W8/33C, 514-398-5677
michael.sullivan at mcgill.ca

Research Areas

Clinical, Health

Research Summary

Dr. Michael Sullivan studies the psychology of pain and disability. He is known primarily for his research on the relation between catastrophic thinking and pain experience, and for the development of community-based approaches to the management of pain-related disability.  Current research focuses on the communication of pain experience and the prediction of problematic health outcomes.

Selected References

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, DOI:10.1007/s12207-013-9171-x

Sullivan, M.J.L. (2012). The Communal Coping Model of pain catastrophizing: Clinical and research implications. Canadian Psychology, 53: 32-41.

Sullivan, M.J.L., Adams, H., Martel, M.O., Scott, W., Wideman, T.H. (2011). Catastrophizing and perceived injustice: Risk factors for the transition to chronicity following whiplash injury. Spine, 36: S244 – S249.

Sullivan, M.J.L., Lariviere, C., Simmonds, M. (2010). Activity-related summation of pain and functional disability in patients with whiplash injuries. Pain, 151: 440 - 446.

Sullivan, M.J.L., Davidson, N., Garfinkiel, B., Scott, W. (2009). Perceived injustice is associated with heightened pain behavior and disability in individuals with whiplash injuries. Psychological Injury and Law, 2: 238 – 247.

Sullivan, M.J.L., Thibault, P., Simmonds, M., Milioto, M., Canton, A-P., Velly, A. (2009). Pain, perceived injustice and the persistence of post-traumatic stress symptoms during the course of rehabilitation for whiplash injuries. Pain, 145: 325 - 331.

Sullivan, M.J.L., Thibault, P., Androkonyte, J., Butler, H., Catchlove, R., Lariviere, C. (2009). Psychological influences on repetition induced summation of activity-related pain in patients with musculoskeletal pain. Pain, 141: 70 - 78

Sullivan, M.J.L. (2008). Self-report of pain is an act of communication. Pain, 140: 521.


Sullivan, M.J.L., Lynch, M.E., Clark, A.J., Mankovsky, T., & Sawynok, J. (2008) . Catastrophizing and treatment outcome: Impact on response to placebo and active treatment outcome.  Contemporary Hypnosis, 29: 129 - 140.


Sullivan, M.J.L., Adams, H., Horan, S., Mahar, D., Boland, D., & Gross, R.  (2008) The role of perceived injustice in the experience of chronic pain and disability: Scale development and validation. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 18: 249-61.


Sullivan, M.J.L. (2008) Toward a biopsychomotor conceptualisation of pain. Clinical Journal of Pain, 24: 281 - 290.

Updated: September, 2013
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