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
Toronto General Research Institute
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


Azam, M.A., Katz, J., Mohabir, V., & Ritvo, P. (2016). Individuals with tension and migraine headaches exhibit increased heart rate variability during post-stress mindfulness meditation practice but not during a post-stress control condition – A randomized, controlled experiment. International Journal of Psychophysiology, Dec., 110, 66-74. 

Curtis, K., Kuluski, K., Bechsgaard, G., Ridgway, J., & Katz, J. (2016). Evaluation of a specialized yoga program for persons admitted to a complex continuing care hospital: A pilot study. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2016, 1-16.

Fashler, S.R., Cooper, L., Oosenbrug, E.D., Burns, L.C., Razavi, S., Goldberg, L., & Katz, J. (2016). Systematic review of multidisciplinary chronic pain treatment facilities.  Pain Research and Management, Volume 2016, 1-19, Article ID 5960987.

Fashler, S.R., & Katz, J. (2016).  Keeping an eye on pain: Investigating visual attention biases in individuals with chronic pain using eye-tracking methodology. Journal of Pain Research, 9, 551–561.

Pagé, M.G., Katz, J., Curtis, K., Lutzky-Cohen, N., Romero Escobar, M., Clarke, H.A. (2016). Acute pain trajectories and the persistence of post-surgical pain: A Longitudinal study after total hip arthroplasty. Journal of Anaesthesia, 30(4), 568-577. doi: 10.1007/s00540-016-2183-4.

Rosenbloom, B.R., Katz, J., Chin, K., Haslam, L., Canzian, S., Kreder, H.J., & McCartney, C.J.L.  (2016). Predicting pain outcomes after traumatic musculoskeletal injury. Pain, 157(8), 1733-1743. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000580

Burns, L.C., Ritvo, S.E., Ferguson, M.K., Clarke, H., & Seltzer, Z., Katz, J. (2015). Pain catastrophizing as a risk factor for chronic pain after total knee arthroplasty: A systematic review. Journal of Pain Research, 8, 21-23 

Curtis, K., Hitzig, S.L., Leong, K., Wicks, C., Ditor, D.S., & Katz, J. (2015). Evaluation of a modified yoga program for persons with spinal cord injury: A pilot study. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 49 (2), 97-117

Katz, J., & Rosenbloom, B.R. (2015). The Golden Anniversary of Melzack and Wall’s Gate Control Theory of Pain: Celebrating fifty years of pain research and management. Pain Research and Management 20(6), 285-286

Katz, J., Weinrib, A., Fashler, S.R., Katznelzon, R., Shah, B.R., Ladak, S.J.S., Jiang, J., Li, Q., McMillan, K., Santa Mina, D., Wentlandt, K., McRae, K., Tamir, D., Lyn, S., de Perrot, M., Rao, V.,  Grant, D., Roche-Nagle, G., Cleary, S.P., Hofer, S.O.P., Wijeysundera, D., Ritvo, P., Janmohamed, T., O’Leary, G., & Clarke, H. (2015). The Toronto General Hospital Transitional Pain Service: Development and implementation of a multidisciplinary program to prevent chronic postsurgical pain. Journal of Pain Research, 8, 695-706

Katz, J., Rosenbloom, B.N., & Fashler, S. (2015). Chronic pain, psychopathology, and DSM-5 somatic symptom disorder. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 60(4), 160-167


Katz, J., & Fashler, S. (2015). Phantom limbs. In J.D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International encyclopedia of social & behavioral sciences (2nd edition), Vol. 18 (pp. 1-5), Oxford: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.54016-1

Katz, J., & Melzack, R. (2014). McGill Pain Questionnaire. In A. C. Michalos (ed.), Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research (pp. 3881-3883). Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5

Katz, J., Pagé, M.G., Fashler, S., Rosenbloom, B.N., & Asmundson, G.J.G. (2014). Chronic pain and the anxiety disorders: Epidemiology, mechanisms and models of comorbidity, and treatment. In I. Gaumond, D. Saravane, & S. Marchand (eds.), Mental health and pain.

Melzack, R. & Katz, J. (2014). The Neuromatrix in behavioral medicine. In Mostofsky, D.I. (ed.) The handbook of behavioral medicine (pp. 759-774). Hoboken: NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781118453940.ch35

Seltzer, Z., Diehl, S.R., Clarke, H., & Katz, J. (2014). The human chronic pain phenome: Mapping non-genetic modifiers of the heritable risk. In L. Diatchenko and I. Belfer (eds.), The genetics of pain: Science medicine and drug development (pp. 161-182). Seattle: WA: IASP Press. DOI: 10.1002/9781118398890.ch11

Service/Community Activities

Canadian Pain Coalition
2012-present - Director, Board of Directors, Canadian Pain Coalition 2013-present - Chair, Research Committee, Canadian Pain Coalition


Fellow, American Psychological Association - 2010

CIHR Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Health Psychology - 2010

Faculty Recognition Award, Dept. Anesthesia, U of T - 2011

Faculty of Graduate Studies' Teaching Award, York University - 2011

Distinguished Career Award, Canadian Pain Society - 2013

York U Research Leaders Award, York University - 2014

Outstanding Pain Mentorship Award, Canadian Pain Society - 2016

CPA Donald O Hebb Award - 2016


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