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Michelle Gagnon

Associate Professor

Faculty Member in Psychology and Health Studies

Arts 185

Research Area(s)

  • Pediatric Health Psychology
  • Pain
  • Menstrual Pain
  • Mental Health Literacy
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Women's Health
  • Emotion Regulation

About me

Visit the Family Health Lab website: familyhealthlab.com


Published Refereed Papers (Last 5 years only)

Note: Bold denotes student/trainee

Gagnon, M. M., Brilz, A. L., Alberts, N. M., Gordon, J. L., Risling, T. R., & Stinson, J. N. (in press). Understanding adolescents’ experiences with menstrual pain to inform the user-centred design of a mindfulness-based app: A mixed-methods investigation. JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting. 

Yarycki, L., Castillo, L. I. R., Gagnon, M. M. & Hadjistavropoulos, T. (in press). Initiatives targeting health care professionals: A systematic review of knowledge translation pain assessment and management studies focusing on older adults. Clinical Journal of Pain. https://doi.org/10.1097/AJP.0000000000001192

Yarycki, L., Castillo, L. I. R., Gagnon, M. M & Hadjistavropoulos, T. (in press). Initiatives targeting patients: A systematic review of knowledge translation pain assessment and management studies focusing on older adults. Clinical Journal of Pain. https://doi.org/10.1097/AJP.0000000000001190

Mohammed, S., Gagnon, M. M., Cummings, J. (in press). "You’re not alone”: How Adolescents Share Dysmenorrhea Experiences through Vlogs. Qualitative Health Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/10497323231216654 

Trépanier, L. C. M., Lamoureux, É., Bjornson, S. E., Mackie, C., Alberts, N. M., & Gagnon, M. M. (2023). Smartphone apps for menstrual pain and symptom management: A scoping review. Internet Interventions, 31, 100605. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2023.100605 

Eskowich, S., Mackie, C., Wall, K. M., & Gagnon, M. M. (2023). Is all validation equal? Evaluating sensory- and emotion-focused validation in the context of experimentally induced pain. Journal of Health Psychology, 28(11). 1038-1043. https://doi.org/10.1177/13591053231161065 

Lockinger, K., Gagnon, M. M. (2023). Dysmenorrhea and psychological wellbeing among females with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Health Psychology, 28(12). 1131-1142. https://doi.org/10.1177/13591053231177254

Gagnon, M. M., Moussaoui, D., Gordon, J. L., Alberts, N. M., & Grover, S. R. (2022). Dysmenorrhea across the lifespan: A biopsychosocial perspective to understanding the dysmenorrhea trajectory and association with comorbid pain experiences. Pain, 163(11), 2069-2075. https://doi.org/10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002649

Gagnon. M. M. & Elgendy, R. (2020). Comorbid pain experience in young women with dysmenorrhea. Women & Health, 60(8), 946-957. doi:10.1080/03630242.2020.1781741

Digal, J. J., & Gagnon, M. M. (2020). Parental influences on university students’ mental help-seeking intentions. Journal of Counseling & Development, 98(2), 136-146. doi: 10.1002/jcad.12308

Gagnon, M. M., Hadjistavropoulos, T., McAleer, L. M., & Stopyn, R. J. N. (2020). Increasing parental access to pediatric pain-related knowledge: A systematic review of knowledge translation research among parents. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 36, 47-60. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000770

Gagnon, M. M., & Hadjistavropoulos, T. (2019). Chronic health problems, risk factors, adjustment, and management. In Hadjistavropoulos, T. & Hadjistavropoulos, H.D. Fundamentals of Health Psychology (2nd Edition), pp 162-187. New York: Oxford University Press.

Alberts, N. M., Gagnon, M. M., & Stinson, J. N. (2018). Chronic pain in survivors of childhood cancer: A developmental model of pain across the cancer trajectory. Pain, 159(10), 1916-1927. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001261

Hampton, A. J. D., Hadjistavropoulos, T., & Gagnon, M.M. (2018). Contextual influences in decoding pain expressions: Effects of patient age, informational priming and observer characteristics. Pain, 159(11), 2363–2374. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001345

Teaching & Supervision

PSY 121: Social, Clinical, Cultural, and Developmental Bases of Psychology

PSY 213: Child Development

PSY 260: Health Psychology

PSY 841: Psychopathology and Individual Differences II (Advanced Child Psychopathology and Assessment)


Emotion Regulation Family Health Psychology Knowledge Translation Menstrual Pain Mental Health Literacy Pain Pediatric

Over the past several years, my primary line of research has been focused on social and psychological influences in the pain experience across the lifespan. My research has involved interdisciplinary collaborations within the health care system to improve pain assessment and management. Additionally, I have employed laboratory-based experimental research methodologies to gain a better understanding of pain expression and factors that influence pain responses. My current research is focused in the area of pediatric pain. Current research is focused in the area of pediatric pain, emotion regulation in pain, and menstrual pain in adolescents and young adults.

My secondary line of research focuses on how health-related knowledge is acquired and implemented by families and health care providers. I have conducted research on how knowledge about pain practices is translated into clinical practice. I have also examined the role of mental health literacy in awareness and use of mental health services. Currently, I am conducting projects aimed at improving our understanding of mental health literacy among parents of adolescents.

Education & Training

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (2016), University of Regina

M.A. in Clinical Psychology (2012), University of Regina

B.A. Honours with Specialization in Psychology (2010), University of Ottawa

Pre-Doctoral Internship in Pediatric Health Psychology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto (2015-2016)