Joel D Katz

Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology
Canada Research Chair in Health Psychology

Locations / Contact Info:

232 Behavioural Science - BSB
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 40557

Email address(es):

Web site(s):

Yorku Human Pain Mechanisms Lab
Canada Research Chairs
Transitional Pain Service
Google Scholar Citations

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


BA - 1978
McGill University
Montreal, QC, Canada

MA - 1980
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS, Canada

PhD - 1989
McGill University
Montreal, QC, Canada

Selected Publications



Aternali, A., Slepian, P.M., Clarke, H., Ladha, K., Katznelson, R., McRae, K., Seltzer, Z., & Katz, J. (2022). Presurgical distress about bodily sensations predicts chronic postsurgical pain intensity and disability six months after cardiothoracic surgery. PAIN, 163(1), 159-169. DOI: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002325

Rosenbloom, B.N., & Katz, J. (2022). Modeling the transition from acute to chronic postsurgical pain in children and adolescents: A narrative review of psychosocial factors. Canadian Journal of Pain (accepted Mar. 27, 2022)

Waisman, A., Kleiman, V., P.M. Slepian, Clarke, H., & Katz, J. (2022). Autobiographical memory predicts postsurgical pain up to 12 months after major surgery. Pain (accepted, Mar. 1, 2022)

Waisman, A., Pavlova, M., Noel, M., & Katz, J. (2022). Painful reminders: Involvement of the autobiographical memory system in pediatric postsurgical pain and the transition to chronicity. Canadian Journal of Pain (accepted Mar. 18, 2022).


Curtis, K., Katz, J., Dajiani, G., O’Leary, G., Uehling, J., Carroll, J., Santa Mina, D., Clarke, H., Gofeld, M., & Katznelson, R. (2021). Evaluation of a hyperbaric oxygen therapy intervention for individuals with fibromyalgia. Pain Medicine, Jun 4;22(6):1324-1332. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnaa416.

Ferguson, M., Slepian, P.M., France, C., Svendrovski, A., & Katz, J. (2021). Hypertensive hypoalgesia in a complex chronic disease population. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 10, 3816, 1-10.

Ferguson, M., Svendrovski, A., & Katz, J. (2021). Pain among an inpatient complex chronic care population of residents with and without missing limbs. Journal of Pain Research, 14, 2921-2930.

Marin, T.J., Hayden, J.A., Lewinson, R., Mahood, Q., Pepler, D., & Katz, J. (2021). A systematic review of the prospective relationship between bullying victimization and pain. Journal of Pain Research, 14, 1857-1885.

Marin, T.J., Lewinson, R., Hayden, J., Mahood, Q., Rossi, M.A., Rosenbloom, B.N., Katz, J. (2021).  A systematic review of the prospective relationship between child maltreatment and chronic pain. Children 2021, 8, 806, 1-19.

Rosenbloom, B.N., Slepian, P.M., Pagé, M.G., Isaac, L., Campbell, F., Stinson, J., & Katz, J. (2021). Differential risk factor profiles in the prediction of general and pain-specific functional limitations 12 months after major pediatric surgery. Children, 8, 360.


Ferguson, M., Svendrovski, A., & Katz, J. (2020). Association between multimorbid disease patterns and pain outcomes among a complex chronic care population in Canada. Journal of Pain Research, 13, 3045-3057.

Jeans, M.E., Katz, J., Taenzer, P. (2020). Remembering Ronald Melzack (1929-2019). Canadian Journal of Pain, 4(1), 122-124. DOI: 10.1080/24740527.2020.1757385 

Katz, J. (2020). In Memoriam: Ronald Melzack (1929-2019). American Psychologist 75(7), 1022-1023.

Lewinson, R.E., & Katz, J. (2020). Influencing pain inferences using random numerical anchoring: Randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research – Human Factors, 7(1):e17533. DOI: 10.2196/17533

Rosenbloom, B.N., Pagé, M.G., Isaac, L., Campbell, F., Stinson, J., Cribbie, R., & Katz, J. (2020). Fear of movement in children and adolescents undergoing major surgery: A psychometric assessment of the Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia. European Journal of Pain, 24, 1999-2014; 2020 Aug 6, doi: 10.1002/ejp.1643.

Slepian, M., Peng, M., Janmohamed, T., Kotteewaran, Y., Manoo, V., McLaren Blades, A., Fiorellino, J., Katznelson, R., Tamir, D., McRae, K., Kahn, M., Huang, A., Kona, S., Thaker, S., Weinrib, A., Katz, J., & Clarke, H. (2020). Engagement with Manage My Pain mobile health application among patients at the Transitional Pain Service. Digital Health, 6, 1-7.


Aternali, A., & Katz, J. (2019). Recent advances in understanding and managing phantom limb pain [version 1; peer review: 2 approved]. F1000Research, 2019, 8(F1000 Faculty Rev):1167

Azam, M.A., Latman, V.A., & Katz, J. (2019). Effects of a 12-minute smartphone-based mindful breathing task on heart-rate variability for students with clinically relevant chronic pain, depression, and anxiety: Protocol for a randomized-controlled trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 8(12), e14119, 1-13. doi:10.2196/14119

Rosenbloom, B.R., Pagé, M.G., Campbell, F., Isaac, L. Stinson, J.N., Wright, J.G., & Katz, J. (2019). Pediatric chronic postsurgical pain and functional disability: A prospective study of risk factors up to one-year after major surgery. Journal of Pain Research, 12, 3079-3098.

Katz, J., Weinrib, A.Z., & Clarke, H. (2019). Chronic postsurgical pain: From risk factor identification to multidisciplinary management at the Toronto General Hospital Transitional Pain Service. Canadian Journal of Pain, 3(2), 49-58.

Noel, M., Rosenbloom, B.R., Pavlova, M., Campbell, F., Isaac, L., Pagé, M.G., Stinson, J., & Katz, J. (2019). Remembering the pain of surgery one year later: A longitudinal examination of anxiety in children’s pain memory development. Pain, 160(8), 1729-1739 Apr 6. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001582

Rahman, Q.A., Janmohamed, T., Clarke, H., Ritvo, P., Heffernan, J.M., & Katz, J. (2019).  Interpretability and class imbalance in prediction models for pain volatility in users of the Manage My Pain App: Analysis using feature selection and majority voting methods. JMIR Medical Informatics, 7(4), e15601, 1-12. doi:10.2196/15601


Lavand’homme, P., Wu, C., & Katz, J. (2018). From acute to chronic postoperative pain. In Gold, M.S., Pogatzki-Zahn, E.M., & Wallace, M.S. (eds.), Pain 2018: Refresher courses, 17th World Congress on Pain (pp. 147-157). Washington, DC: IASP Press.

Weinrib, A.Z., Azam, M.A., Latman, V.V., Janmohamed, T., Clarke, H., & Katz, J.  (2018). Manage My Pain: A patient-driven mobile platform to prevent and manage chronic postsurgical pain. In C. El Morr (ed.), Novel applications of virtual communities in healthcare (pp. 93-126). Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global.

Service/Community Activities

Canadian Pain Coalition
2012-2017 - Director, Board of Directors, Canadian Pain Coalition

Canadian Pain Coalition-
2013-2017 - Chair, Research Committee, Canadian Pain Coalition


Distinguished Career Award, Canadian Pain Society - 2013

Outstanding Pain Mentorship Award, Canadian Pain Society - 2016

CPA Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions - 2016

CIHR Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Health Psychology - 2016

Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences - 2017

Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology, York University - 2017

Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 53 - 2019

CPA Traumatic Stress Section Award for Excellence - 2020

Senior Investigator Award, CPA Health Psychology Section - 2021


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Not Indicated

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Not Indicated

Current Research

Psychological, emotional, and biomedical factors involved in acute and chronic pain with a particular emphasis on:

  • understanding the processes involved in the transition of acute, time-limited pain to chronic, pathological pain;
  • pre-emptive analgesia and other preventive pharmacological interventions designed to minimize acute postoperative pain
  • pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to minimize pain and stress in hospitalized infants
  • gender differences in acute postoperative pain and analgesic consumption
  • comorbidity of posttraumatic stress disorder and chronic pain
  • pain and anxiety in children
  • placebo analgesia