Michael Sullivan

Academic title(s): 


Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Health (Tier I)


Contact Information:


Office: 2001 McGill College, 1406
Phone: 514.398.5677


Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology
2001 McGill College, 7th floor
Montreal, QC
H3A 1G1


Michael Sullivan

Research Areas:

Clinical Psychology | Health Psychology

Research Summary:

Dr. Sullivan's research focuses on psychosocial risk factors for prolonged disability associated with debilitating health and mental health conditions. He is known primarily for his research on the adverse effects of psychosocial factors such as catastrophic thinking and perceptions of injustice. He has also been involved in the development of community-based risk-targeted interventions aimed at fostering occupational re-engagement in individuals with debilitating health and mental health conditions.

Selected References:

Pavilanis, A., Truchon, M., Achille, M., Coté, P., Sullivan, M.J.L. (2022) Perceived Injustice as a Determinant of the Severity of Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms Following Occupational Injury. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, DOI: 10.1007/s10926-022-10056-5

Sullivan, M.J.L, Wideman, T.H., Gauthier, N., Thibault, P., Ellis, T., Adams, H. (2022). Risk-targeted behavioral activation for the management of work disability associated with comorbid pain and depression. Pilot Feasibility Stud 2022 23:219.

Donayre Pimentel, S., Adams, H., Ellis, T., Clark, R., Sully, C., Paré, C., Sullivan, M.J.L. (2020). The sequential relation between changes in catastrophizing and changes in PTSD symptom severity. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 33, 731 - 740.

Sullivan, MJ.L. Adams, H., Yamada, K., Kubota, Y., Ellis, T., Thibault, P. (2020). The relation between perceived injustice and symptom severity in individuals with major depression: A cross-lagged panel study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 274, 289 – 297.

Paré, C., Thibault, P., Coté, 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.

Yakobov, E., Suso-Ribera, C., Vrinceanu, T., Adams, H., Sullivan, M.J.L. (2019). Trait perceived injustice is associated with pain intensity and pain behaviour in participants undergoing an experimental pain induction procedure. Journal of Pain, 20, 592 - 599.

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.

Adams, H., Thibault, P., Ellis, T., E. Moore, E., Sullivan, M.J.L. (2017). The relation between catastrophizing and occupational disability in individuals with major depression: Concurrent and prospective associations. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 27, 405 - 412.


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