Professor Michael Sullivan is a clinical psychologist who is currently Professor of Psychology and Medicine at McGill University (Montreal, Canada), and Honorary Professor at The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia). He has also held appointments in Departments of Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Neurology.
Over the past 25 years, Professor Sullivan has worked as an educator, director, consultant, clinician, and department chair. He has served as a consultant to numerous health and safety organizations, veterans’ administration organizations, insurance groups as well as social policy and research institutes. Most recently, he was Director of Recover Injury Centre in Queensland, Australia. In 2011, he received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession by the Canadian Psychological Association.
He is best known for his research on psychosocial risk factors for pain-related disability, and for the development of risk-targeted interventions designed to foster occupational re-engagement following injury. One such intervention, the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP), was included in the 18th edition of the Official Disability Guidelines (Work Loss Data Institute, 2013) as an evidenced-based approach to the management of work-disability. Professor Sullivan developed the Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS) and the Injustice Experiences Questionnaire (IEQ). The PCS has been used in more than 3000 scientific studies. The PCS has been translated into 25 languages and is currently the most widely used measure of catastrophic thinking related to pain. Professor Sullivan has published more than 180 peer reviewed scientific articles, 2 books and 23 book chapters.
Professor Sullivan will be presenting The psychology of adverse pain outcomes at the upcoming 2017 APS 37th ASM.
We are delighted to have Professor Michael Sullivan involved in APS 2017, we hope you will be able to attend and enjoy everything this conference has to offer.
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