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John Kowal, Ph.D., C.Psych.
613-737-7350 x 75564

John Kowal

Clinician Investigator, Clinical Epidemiology Program
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Psychologist, Psychology
The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre
Clinical Professor, School of Psychology
University of Ottawa
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Inoversity of Ottawa

Research Interests

Brief Biography

Dr. Kowal has worked as a psychologist at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre since 2007. He provides psychological assessment and treatment for individuals with chronic pain in the context of the interdisciplinary Chronic Pain Management Program. He is actively involved in teaching, mentorship, and supervision of students and trainees.

His research focuses on psychosocial aspects of chronic pain and associated disability. One line of inquiry has examined the experience of feeling like a &ldquoburden” to others, which had never before been studied in individuals with persistent pain. Another line of inquiry has evaluated interpersonal aspects of suicidal thinking in individuals with chronic pain. Other research projects include studies of psychosocial variables and their relationship to chronic pain treatment outcomes, program evaluation and program development initiatives, a randomized controlled trial of mindfulness-based stress reduction for cancer survivors with longstanding pain, and an initial investigation into breathlessness catastrophizing in individuals with chronic respiratory disease.

Research grants supporting many of the aforementioned projects have been obtained the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Canadian Diabetes Association. Dr. Kowal is a member in good standing of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the Canadian Pain Society, and the Canadian Psychological Association.

Selected Publications

Kowal, J., Wilson, K. G., Henderson, P. R., & McWilliams, L. A. (2014). Change in Suicidal Ideation Following Interdisciplinary Treatment of Chronic Pain. Clinical Journal of Pain, 30, 463-471.

Emery, P. C., Wilson, K. G., & Kowal, J. (2014). Major Depressive Disorder and Sleep Disturbance in Patients With Chronic Pain: A Prospective Study. Pain Research & Management, 19, 35-41.

Wilson, K. G., Kowal, J., Henderson, P. H., McWilliams, L. A., & Péloquin, K. (2013). Brief Report: Chronic Pain and the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide. Rehabilitation Psychology, 58, 111-115.

Kowal, J., Wilson, K. G., McWilliams, L. A., Péloquin, K., & Duong, D. (2012). Self-perceived burden in chronic pain: Relevance, prevalence, and predictors. PAIN, 153, 1735-1741.

McWilliams, L. A., Dick, B. D., Bailey, K., Verrier, M. J., & Kowal, J. (2012). A Psychometric Evaluation of the Pain Response Preference Questionnaire in a Chronic Pain Sample. Health Psychology, 31, 343-351.

Kowal, J., Swenson, J. R., Aubry, T., Davis Marchand, H., & MacPhee, C. (2011). Improving Access to Acute Mental Health Services in a General Hospital. Journal of Mental Health, 20, 5-14.

Kowal, J., Overduin, L., Balfour, L., Tasca, G. A., Corace, K., & Cameron, D. W. (2008). The Role of Psychological and Behavioral Variables in Quality of Life and the Experience of Bodily Pain Among Persons Living with HIV. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 36, 247-258.