Patricia Poulin Ph.D., C.Psych.


Patricia Poulin Ph.D., C.Psych.
Clinical, Health and Rehabilitation Psychologist

Room: Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, The Ottawa Hospital, Pain Clinic, 501 Smyth Rd, Ottawa, ON, K1Y 4E9

Patricia Poulin


Credentials and Qualifications

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical, Health and Rehabilitation Psychology, The Ottawa Hospital Institute for Rehabilitation Research and Development (2009-2011)
Ph.D., University of Toronto (2009)
MA, University of Toronto (2004)


Associate Investigator, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Clinical Professor, The University of Ottawa School of Psychology with a Cross-Appointment to the Department of Anesthesiology

Academic and Clinical Interests

  • Prevention, treatment and management of chronic pain as well as opioid tolerance and addiction in the setting of chronic pain;
  • The role of mindfulness-based intervention in the management and treatment of chronic pain and other chronic diseases;
  • The effect of mindfulness-based intervention on biomarkers of stress and immune function;
  • The neural effects of mindfulness training;
  • The role of trauma in the onset, maintenance or exacerbation of chronic pain
  • The treatment of trauma in the context of chronic pain;
  • The effects of integrative manual therapies in the treatment and management of chronic pain;
  • Patient engagement in quality improvement initiatives and research
  • Program development and evaluation
  • Health system improvements

Honours and awards

2009-2011 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Institute for Rehabilitation Research and Development, The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre
2009 Post-Doctoral Fellowship HIV/AIDS Priority, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Declined)
2009 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, National Canadian Research Training Program in Hepatitis C, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Declined)
2005-2009 Graduate Awards, University of Toronto
2005-2008 Canada Graduate Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
2005-2006 Doctoral Scholarship, Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Declined)
2004-2005 Doctoral Scholarship, Ontario Graduate Scholarship
2003-2004 Canada Graduate Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
2003-2004 Master's Degree Scholarship, Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Declined)
2002-2003 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award (Team), University of Toronto
2002-2003 Entrance Scholarship, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
2002 Valedictorian, Glendon, York University
2001-2002 Cohen Scholarship for Academic Excellent, Glendon, York University
1998-2001 Continuing Student Scholarship & Dean's List, Glendon, York University
1999-2000 A. Kuperstein Scholarship for Studies in Social Sciences, Glendon, York University
1997-2001 Canada Trust Scholarship for Outstanding Community Leadership

Selected Publications

  1. Wilson, J. L. C., Poulin, P., Sikorski, R., Nathan, H. N., Taljaard, M., Smyth, C. (accepted). The opioid tolerant surgical patient: prevalence, management and outcomes. Pain Research and Management.
  2. Caluyong, M., Zambrana, A., Romanow, H., Nathan, H., Nahas, R., & Poulin, P. (accepted). Mindfulness in Type 2 Diabetes: Relationship to diabetes self-care, psychological distress, and quality of life. Mindfulness.
  3. Solomon, B. K., Wilson, K. G., Henderson, P. R., Poulin, P. A., Kowal, J., McKim, D. A. (2014). A Breathlessness Catastrophizing Scale for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Journal of Psychosomatic Research
  4. Hatchard, T., Lepage, C., Hutton, B., Skidmore, B., & Poulin, P. A. (2014). Comparative evaluation of mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive-behavioural therapy for the treatment and management of chronic pain disorders: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis with indirect comparisons. Systematic Review, 3, 134.
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