Michael J.L. Sullivan, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology, McGill University;
Researcher, CRIR - Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre, site Constance-Lethbridge, CIUSSS West-Central Montreal;
Scientific Director, University Centre for Research on Pain and Disability, Halifax NS

Phone: 514 487-1891 (312)

Fax: 514 487-4079

Email: michael.sullivan@mcgill.ca


  • B.A., Psychology (honours), McGill University, 1981
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Concordia University, 1983
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Concordia University, 1988

Research interests

Psychology of pain and disabilities in people with musculoskeletal lesions; role of psychological factors in the development of chronic disabilities in individuals with musculoskeletal lesions.

Selected publications

Paré, C., Thibault, P., Côté, P., Pimentel, S., Shen, A., 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(11), 880-886. [doi]

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, 34(4), 306-312. [doi]

Mankovsky-Arnold, T., Wideman, T.H., Thibault, P., Larivière, C., Rainville, P. & Sullivan, M.J.L. (2017). 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(3), 413-421. [doi]

Sullivan, M.J.L., Adams, H., Thibault, P., Moore, E., Carriere, J.S. & Larivière, C. (2017). Return to work helps maintain treatment gains in the rehabilitation of whiplash injury. Pain, 158(5), 980-987. [doi]

Carriere, J.S., Thibault, P. & Sullivan, M.J.L. (2015). The mediating role of recovery expectancies on the relation between depression and return-to-work. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 25(2), 348-356. [doi]

– Other publications

Research orientation

Axis 1: Sensory, Motor and Cognitive Functions and Activities

Research topic

Theme 2: Physical and Cognitive Activities

Research Site

CRIR – Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre (Constance-Lethbridge site), CIUSSS West-Central Montreal

University Affiliation