Gordon J. G. Asmundson

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Gordon J. G. Asmundson
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BornAugust 29, 1964
Zweibrücken, Germany
EducationUniversity of Manitoba (Ph.D., 1991)
Known forAnxiety Disorders and Pain
Awards2014 Donald O. Hebb Award from the Canadian Psychological Association
Scientific career
FieldsClinical psychology
InstitutionsUniversity of Regina
ThesisPanic attacks, anxiety sensitivity and cardiac awareness (1991)

Gordon J. G. Asmundson is a Registered Doctoral Psychologist and Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Regina. He received his doctorate in Psychology from the University of Manitoba in 1991 and in 2005-2006 trained as a Beck Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in Philadelphia. He holds several editorial posts, including Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders and Clinical Psychology Review, and serves on the editorial boards for nine other journals.

His research and clinical interests are in assessment and basic mechanisms of fear, the anxiety and related disorders, and chronic pain, and the association of these with each other, maladaptive coping, and disability. His pioneering work on fear and avoidance in chronic pain and his shared vulnerability model of co-occurring PTSD and chronic pain have led to significant advances in understanding and treating these prevalent, disabling, and costly conditions. His empirical work on PTSD and other anxiety-related conditions has also influenced changes in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Gordon J. G. Asmundson has published over 310 peer-reviewed journal articles, 70 book chapters, and 8 books. In addition to numerous prestigious awards received over the course of his career, Dr. Asmundson received the highest accolade available to scientists and scholars in Canada – induction as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2009) – as well as the Canadian Psychological Association Donald O. Hebb Award for outstanding contributions to the science of psychology (2014) and the Canadian Pain Society Distinguished Career Award (2018). 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.


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