This project aims to explore the role and impact of personality traits on long-term outcomes among select patient populations with chronic conditions. The conditions explored include chronic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, brain injury, and spinal cord injury. The project evaluates how subgroups of patients with different levels of maladaptive and positive traits differ in outcomes such as adjustment, disability, quality of life, and health care utilization. The findings from this project can serve as a theoretical foundation for developing novel interventions, such as learned optimism, in order to target positive psychology interventions among those with maladaptive personality traits.

Selected Publications:

Rice D, Mehta S, Shapiro A, Pope J, Harth M, Morley-Forster P, Sequeira K, Teasell R. Psychological distress in outpatients assessed for chronic pain compared to those with rheumatoid arthritis. Journal of Pain Research and Management vol. 2016, Article ID 7071907.

Mehta S, Rice D, Janzen S, Serrato J, Getty H, Shapiro AP, Morley-Forster P, Sequeira K, Teasell R. The long-term role of anxiety sensitivity and experiential avoidance on pain intensity, mood and disability among patients in a specialist pain clinic. Journal of Pain Research and Management vol. 2016, Article ID 6954896.