Prof Michael Sullivan
University of QueenslandMichael Sullivan, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who is Director of Recover Injury Research Centre and Professor at The University of Queensland. Professor Sullivan previously held a Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Health at McGill University in Canada. Professor Sullivan has held appointments in departments of psychology, medicine, physical and occupational therapy and neurology. Over the past 25 years, he has worked as an educator, consultant, clinician, and department chair. He has served as a consultant to numerous health and safety organizations, insurance groups as well as social policy and research institutes. In 2011, Professor Sullivan received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession by 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 1000 scientific studies. The PCS has been translated into 25 languages and is currently the most widely used measure of catastrophic thinking related to pain. Dr. Sullivan has published more than 180 peer reviewed scientific papers, 4 books and 23 chapters.