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., Ritvo, P., Fashler, S. R., & Katz, J. (2018). Stressing the feedback: Attention and cardiac vagal tone during a cognitive stress task. Cognition and Emotion, June; 32(4), 867-875. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2017.1346500. Epub 2017 Jul 7.

Clarke, H., Azargive, S., Montbriand, J., Nichols, J., Sutherland, A., Valeeva, L., Boulis, S., McMillan, K., Ladak, S., Ladha, K., Katznelson, R., McRae, K., Tamir, D., Lyn, S., Huang, A., Weinrib, A., & Katz, J. (2018). Opioid weaning rates and chronic pain management at the Toronto General Hospital Transitional Pain Service. Canadian Journal of Pain, 2(1), 236-247, DOI: 10.1080/24740527.2018.1501669

Fashler, S.R., Weinrib, A., Azam, M.A., & Katz, J. (2018). The Use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Oncology Settings: A Narrative Review. Psychological Reports, 121(2), 229-252. doi: 10.1177/0033294117726061. Epub 2017 Aug 24.

Price, T.J., Basbaum, A.I., Bresnahan, J., Chambers, J.F., de Koninck, Y., Edwards, R.R., Ji, R.R., Katz, J., Kavelaars, A., Levine, J.D., Porter, L., Schechter, N., Sluka, K.A., Terman, G.W., Wager, T.D., Yaksh, T.L., Dworkin, R.H. (2018). The transition to chronic pain: Opportunities for novel therapeutics. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 19 (7), 383-384. doi: 10.1038/s41583-018-0012-5.

Rahman, Q.A., Janmohamed, T., Pirbaglou, M., Clarke, H., Ritvo, P., Heffernan, J.M., & Katz, J., (2018). Defining and predicting pain volatility in users of the Manage My Pain app: Analysis using data mining and machine learning methods. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(11):e12001. DOI: 10.2196/12001


Azam, M.A., Weinrib, A.Z., Montbriand, J., Burns, L.C., McMillan, K., Clarke, H., & Katz, J. (2017). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to manage pain and opioid use after major surgery: Preliminary outcomes from the Toronto General Hospital Transitional Pain Service. Canadian Journal of Pain, 1(1), 37-49.

Curtis, K., Hitzig, S.L., Bechsgaard, G., Stoliker, C., Alton, C., Saunders, N., Leong, N., & Katz, J. (2017). Evaluation of a specialized yoga program for persons with spinal cord injury: A pilot, randomized controlled trial. Journal of Pain Research, 10, 999-1017. DOI 

Katz, J. (2017). 2016 CPA Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Science. This won't hurt a bit: Reflections on a career in chronic pain. Canadian Psychology, 58(1), 30-39.

Katz, J., Fashler, S.R., Wicks, C., Pagé, M.G., Roosen, K., Kleiman, V., & Clarke, H. (2017). The Sensitivity to Pain Traumatization Scale: Development, validation, and preliminary findings. Journal of Pain Research, 10, 1297-1316.

Lynch, M.E., & Katz, J. (2017). “One size fits all” doesn’t fit when it comes to long-term opioid use for people with chronic pain. Canadian Journal of Pain, 1(1), 2-7.

Rosenbloom, B.N., McCartney, C.J.L., Canzian, S., Kreder, H.J., & Katz, J. (2017). Predictors of prescription opioid use 4 months after traumatic musculoskeletal injury and corrective surgery: A prospective study. Journal of Pain, 2017, Aug;18(8), 956-963. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2017.03.006. Epub 2017 Mar 25

Rahman, Q.A., Pirbaglou, M., Janmohamed, T., Ritvo, P., Heffernan, J.M., Clarke, H., & Katz, J. (2017). Data mining for patterns of user engagement with a mobile app for chronic pain.  Journal of Medical Internet Research mHealth and uHealth, Jul 12;5(7):e96, 1-13. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.7871. 

Weinrib, A.Z., Azam, M.A., Birnie, K., Burns, L.C., Clarke, H., & Katz, J. (2017). The psychology of persisting post-surgical pain: New frontiers in risk factor identification, prevention, and management. British Journal of Pain, 11(4), 169-177. doi/10.1177/2049463717720636. 

Weinrib, A., Burns, L., Mu, A., Azam, M.A., Ladak, S.S.J., McRae, K., Katznelson, R., Azargive, S., Tran, C., Katz, J., & Clarke, H. (2017). A case report on the treatment of complex chronic pain and opioid dependence by a multidisciplinary transitional pain service using the ACT Matrix and buprenorphine/naloxone. Journal of Pain Research, Mar 27, 10, 747-755. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S124566


Lavand’homme, P., Wu, C., & Katz, J. (2018). From acute to chronic postoperative pain. In Gold, M.S., Pogatzki-Zahn, E.M., & Wallace, M.S. (eds.), Pain 2018: Refresher courses, 17th World Congress on Pain (pp. 147-157). Washington, DC: IASP Press.

Weinrib, A.Z., Azam, M.A., Latman, V.V., Janmohamed, T., Clarke, H., & Katz, J.  (2017). Manage My Pain: A patient-driven mobile platform to prevent and manage chronic postsurgical pain. In C. El Morr (ed.), Novel applications of virtual communities in healthcare (pp. 93-126). Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global.

Service/Community Activities

Canadian Pain Coalition-
2013-2017 - Chair, Research Committee, Canadian Pain Coalition

Canadian Pain Coalition
2012-2017 - Director, Board of Directors, Canadian Pain Coalition


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 for Distinguished Contributions - 2016

CIHR Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Health Psychology - 2016

York U Research Leaders Award - 2017

Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences - 2017

Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology, York University - 2017

York U Research Leaders Award - 2018


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