Gordon Asmundson’s distinguished career celebrated by Canadian Pain Society

By Dale Johnson Posted: December 20, 2017 6:00 a.m.

Dr. Gordon Asmundson says he is “grateful to my colleagues for nominating me and supporting my research efforts over the years.”
Dr. Gordon Asmundson says he is “grateful to my colleagues for nominating me and supporting my research efforts over the years.” Photo: U of R Photography

Dr. Gordon Asmundson is being honoured with the Distinguished Career Award from the Canadian Pain Society.  

“Awards like these, while bestowed on an individual, rarely if ever come from solo efforts. I have been very fortunate over the years to work with a brilliant host of trainees and colleagues, all of whom have helped shape the contributions upon which this award is based,” Asmundson says. “I have also been fortunate to have family who support what I do and keep me well rooted and focused on what is important.”

Asmundson specializes in the areas of fear, anxiety and related disorders, and chronic pain, and the association of these with each other, maladaptive coping, and disability. He is known for his pioneering work on fear and avoidance in chronic pain.

Most recently, his efforts to revitalize exercise as a treatment option for PTSD and other anxiety-related disorders are receiving increasing attention in the scientific community and popular media.

Asmundson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2014 he received the Canadian Psychological Association Donald O. Hebb Award for outstanding contributions to the science of psychology.

“My prior career awards have been primarily for pioneering work on the overlap between trauma-related disorders and chronic pain. This latest award likely recognizes that work, but also work more specific to understanding the role of fear of pain in chronic pain and developing effective assessment processes and treatment strategies,” he says.

Asmundson will be presented with the Distinguished Career Award at the 39th annual meeting of the Canadian Pain Society next May in Montréal. He has also been invited to give a keynote address as part of the award.

“Although making contributions that have positive impacts on the lives of those who live with chronic pain is rewarding in itself, validation from one’s peers within the Canadian Pain Society adds another layer of fulfillment. For the University, this award is yet another acknowledgement of the world-class work of our faculty regarding the psychology of pain.”

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