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 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:

Yakobov, E., Sullivan, M.J.L. (2018). Reductions in perceived injustice are associated with reductions in posttraumatic stress symptoms among individuals receiving treatment for whiplash injury. Psychological Injury and Law, 11(3), 256-264.

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, 34o, 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.

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.

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.

Mankovsky-Arnold, T., Adams, H., Thibault, P., Ellis, T., Moore, E., Sullivan, M.J.L. (2016). Sensitivity to movement-evoked pain and multi-site pain are associated with work-disability following whiplash injury: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 27, 413 - 421.

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