Psychology professor Dr. Gordon Asmundson has been named to the Saskatchewan Order of Merit

Dr. Gordon Asmundson

Dr. Gordon Asmundson has been awarded Saskatchewan’s highest honour – the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. Asmundson was among the newest recipients announced on June 5 by the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, the Honourable Russ Mirasty, joining the 241 esteemed citizens of Saskatchewan who have previously been invested.

Established in 1985, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit recognizes excellence, achievement and significant contributions to the social, cultural, and economic well-being of the province and its residents. Honourees have made outstanding contributions to Saskatchewan, and to the world, in areas such as the arts, agriculture, business and industry, community leadership, public service, research and volunteer service.

Dr. Gordon Asmundson is a professor in the University of Regina Department of Psychology, a registered doctoral psychologist, director of the Anxiety and Illness Behaviour Lab at the UofR, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a world-renowned researcher in the assessment and basic mechanisms of fear, anxiety and related disorders, and chronic pain, their association with one another, and with maladaptive coping and disability.

Asmundson has published more than 350 peer-reviewed journal articles, 70 book chapters, and 8 books. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, development editor of Clinical Psychology Review and serves on the editorial boards of nine other journals. Among his many other honours are the Canadian Psychological Association Donald O. Hebb Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Psychology, the Canadian Psychological Association Traumatic Stress Section Award for Excellence in Psychology of Traumatic Stress and the Canadian Pain Society Distinguished Career Award.

Asmundson was recently awarded a $399,700 federal grant for his study, 'COVID-19: The Role of Psychological Factors in the Spreading of Disease, Discrimination, and Distress' through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Canadian 2019 COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity.

In addition to his undeniable impact in the area of research, Asmundson is a gifted teacher and generous mentor. His passion and commitment to mentoring the next generation of academic and research leaders and mental health professionals is evident in his supervisory record and his work with more than 50 postdoctoral and graduate trainees.

We extend our warmest congratulations to Dr. Asmundson on his receipt of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and on his extraordinary body of research which has so improved the lives of countless individuals.

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9 June 2010