Anxiety and Illness Behaviours Laboratory

About Dr. Asmundson

Gordon J. G. Asmundson, Ph.D., R. D. Psych, FRSC is currently a Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Regina, an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan, and the leader of a CIHR New Emerging Team focusing on mechanisms and treatment of PTSD. In 2009 he was inducted as a fellow in the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Asmundson holds several editorial posts, including North American Editor of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, the Behavioral Medicine Section Editor for Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, and serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, and the Clinical Journal of Pain.

He has published over 230 peer-reviewed journal articles, more that 50 book chapters, and 6 books, including It’s Not All in Your Head: How worrying about your health could be making you sick and what you can do about it (with Steven Taylor; 2005, New York: Guilford), Understanding and Treating Fear of Pain (with Johan W. S. Vlayen and Geert Crombez; 2004, Oxford University Press), Health Anxiety Disorders: A Clinical Guide to Assessment and Treatment (with Steven Taylor; 2003, New York: Guilford), and the edited volume Health Anxiety: Clinical and research perspectives on hypochondriasis and related disorders (with Steven Taylor and Brian J. Cox; 2001, New York: Wiley). He served as a member of the DSM-IV Text Revision Work Group for the Anxiety Disorders. 

Dr. Asmundson’s research contributions have been recognized by early career awards from the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, the Canadian chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain, and the Canadian Psychological Association as well as awards for research excellence from CIHR and the University of Regina. In 2005 he was selected as a Beck Scholar at the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy and Research. His graduate students are also regular recipients of prestigious awards and five have received the CIHR Brain Star Award in the past several years. He is actively involved in clinical research, clinical research supervision, and has a small private practice. He has research and clinical interests in assessment and basic mechanisms of the anxiety disorders, health anxiety (hypochondriasis, disease phobia), acute and chronic pain, and the association of these with disability and behavior change. 


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