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Michelle Gagnon

Assistant Professor

Faculty Member in Psychology and Health Studies

Arts 164

Research Area(s)

  • Pediatric Health Psychology
  • Pain
  • Menstrual Pain
  • Mental Health Literacy
  • Knowledge Translation

About me

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Published Refereed Papers (Last 5 years only)

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

Hadjistavropoulos, T., Gallant, N. & Gagnon, M.M. (2017).  Chronic pain in adults. In J. Hunsley and E. Mash (Editors), Assessments that work.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Gagnon, M. M., Hadjistavropoulos, T., & MacNab, Y. C. (2017). Contextual influences on pain communication in couples with and without a partner with chronic pain. Pain, 158, 1960-1970. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000995

Ruskin, D., Gagnon, M. M., Ahola Kohut, S., Stinson, J., & Walker, K. S. (2017). A mindfulness program adapted for adolescents with chronic pain: Feasibility, acceptability, and initial outcomes. Clinical Journal of Pain, 33, 1019-1029, doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000490

Gagnon, M. M., Gelinas, B. L., & Friesen, L. N. (2017). Mental health literacy in emerging adults in a university setting: Distinctions between symptom awareness and appraisal. Journal of Adolescent Research, 32, 642-664. doi: 10.1177/074355841560538310.1177/0743558415605383

Gagnon, M. M., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Hampton, A., & Stinson, J. (2016). A Systematic Review of Knowledge Translation (KT) in Pediatric Pain: Focus on Health Care Providers. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 32, 972-990doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000345 


Family Health Psychology Knowledge Translation 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 projects investigate verbal and non-verbal pain communication between parents and children and the role of emotion regulation in pediatric pain.

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)