Timothy Howard Wideman

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor

Timothy Howard Wideman
Contact Information

Office: H-303b, Hosmer House, 3630 prom. Sir-William-Osler

Mailing address: 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler, Montreal, QC, Canada, H3G 1Y5

Lab location: Constance Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre

Email address: 
timothyhoward.wideman [at] mcgill.ca
Assistant Professor; Chercheur régulier, C.R.I.R. (Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation) du Montréal métropolitain www.crir.ca

B.Sc. (PT), McGill University; PhD Experimental Psychology, McGill University; Postdoctoral Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University


Teaching areas: 

Integrated Pain Management (PHTH 622)


Current research: 

Dr. Wideman’s research broadly aims to help researchers and clinicians better understand and manage disability associated with musculoskeletal pain. Toward this goal, his research has focused on exploring the biopsychosocial risk factors for persistent pain-related disability and studying interventions that target these factors. His past research has helped shed light on how different psychological risk factors (e.g. fear, catastrophizing, depression) influence the trajectory of recovery following pain rehabilitation and how rehabilitation professionals can better address these factors within their clinical practice. His current research investigates why certain individuals with musculoskeletal pain are more sensitive to physical activity and how this increased sensitivity influences engagement and response to activity-based rehabilitation programs.

Supervision: Dr. Wideman is currently accepting graduate students and post-doctoral fellows

Selected publications: 

Wideman TH, Finan P, Edwards R, Quartana P, Buenaver L, Haythornthwaite J and Smith M. (2014). Increased sensitivity to physical activity among individuals with knee osteoarthritis: Relation to pain outcomes, psychological factors and responses to quantitative sensory testing. Pain, 155(4): 703-711.

Mankovsky-Arnold T, Wideman TH, Lariviere C, and Sullivan M. (2013). TENS attenuates repetition-induced summation of activity-related pain following experimentally induced muscle soreness. Journal of Pain, 14(11): 1416-1424.

Wideman TH, Asmundson G, Smeets R, Zautra A, Simmonds M, Sullivan M, Haythornthwaite J and Edwards R. (2013). Re-thinking the fear avoidance model: Toward a multi-dimensional framework of pain-related disability. Pain, 11: 2262-2265.

Wideman TH, Main C, Lewis M, Sullivan M, Hill J and Hay E. (2012). Comparing the responsiveness of a brief, multidimensional risk screening tool for back pain to its unidimensional reference standards: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Pain, 153: 2182-2191.

Wideman TH, Scott W, Martel M and Sullivan M. (2012). Recovery from depressive symptoms over the course of physical therapy: A prospective cohort study of individuals with work-related, orthopaedic injuries and symptoms of depression. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sport Physical Therapy, 42: 957-967.

Wideman TH and Sullivan M. (2012). The development of a cumulative psychosocial risk index for problematic recovery following work-related musculoskeletal injuries. Physical Therapy, 92(1): 58-68.

Seminowicz D, Wideman TH, Naso L, Hatami-Khoroushahi Z, Fallatah S, Ware M, Jarzem P, Bushnell C, Shir Y, Ouellet J and Stone L. (2011). Effective treatment of chronic low back pain in humans reverses abnormal brain anatomy and function. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(20): 7540-7550.

Wideman TH and Sullivan M. (2011). Reducing catastrophic thinking associated with pain. Pain Management, 1(3): 249-256.

Wideman TH and Sullivan M. (2011). Differential predictors of the long-term levels of pain intensity, work disability, healthcare use, and medication use in a sample of workers’ compensation claimants. Pain, 142: 376-383.

Wideman TH and Sullivan M. (2009). Response to a letter to the editor by Vlaeyen et al. Pain, 146: 222-223.

Wideman TH, Adams H and Sullivan M. (2009). A Prospective sequential analysis of the fear-avoidance model of pain. Pain, 145: 45-51.