Professor Michael Sullivan is an honorary professor at RECOVER Injury Research Centre.

Professor Sullivan has published over 175 scientific papers, 22 chapters, and 5 books. In 2011, Professor Sullivan received the Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession. Professor Sullivan completed his undergraduate training at McGill University in Canada and his graduate training at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He currently holds a Canada Research Chair in behavioural health at McGill University.

Professor Sullivan’s research focuses primarily on the identification of risk factors for problematic recovery following injury, and the development of risk-targeted rehabilitation interventions. Professor Sullivan developed the Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS) in 1995. The PCS has been used in more than 700 scientific studies, it has been translated into 24 languages and is currently the most widely used measure of catastrophic thinking related to pain. Other measures developed by Professor Sullivan include the Injustice Experiences Questionnaire (IEQ) and the Perceived Deficits Questionnaire (PDQ). Professor Sullivan also developed the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP); the first community-based intervention program designed specifically to target psychosocial risk factors for pain-related disability. He has lectured nationally and internationally on the social and behavioural determinants of pain-related disability. Dr Sullivan has acted as consultant to governmental organisations, injurers and the military on issues related to the management of debilitating health and mental health conditions.