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Dr. Laura Katz is a Clinical, Health, and Rehabilitation Psychologist at the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic at McMaster University Medical Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. She is also an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, along with being a member of the Institute of Pain Research and Care at McMaster University. She completed her M.Sc. and Ph.D. at Queen’s University, a residency in the Health and Rehabilitation Track at the London Clinical Psychology Internship Consortium, and she is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Her clinical practice involves assessment, treatment, consultation and research. More specifically, she employs a cognitive-behavioural framework for assessment, conceptualization and psychological treatment to help individuals manage their chronic pain, engage in value-driven activities and improve their overall quality of life, and she is in the process of developing an Interdisciplinary Chronic Pelvic Pain Program at the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic. Her research to date has focused on understanding the process of coping in individuals with chronic health conditions, and more specifically, in women with chronic pelvic pain from a biopsychosocial perspective. She has presented at both national and international conferences, and published her work in peer-reviewed journals.

Featured Publications

Katz, L. Tripp, D. A., Carr, L. K., Moldwin, R., Mayer, R., Nickel, J. C. (2017). Understanding Pain and coping in women with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS). British Journal of Urology International, 120(2):286-292.

Katz, L., Tripp, D. A., Ropeleski, M., Depew, W., Nickel, J. C., Vanner, S., & Beyak, M. (2016). Mechanisms of Quality of life and Social Support in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 23(1), 88-98.

Tripp, D. A., Nickel, J. C., Katz, L., Krsmanovic, A., Ware, M. A., & Santor, D. (2014) Cannabis  marijuana) use in men with Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome. Canadian Urological Association Journal, 8(11-12), E901-E905.

Katz, L., Tripp, D. A., Nickel, J. C., Mayer, R., Reimann, M., & van Ophoven, A. (2012). Disability in women suffering from Interstitial Cystitis / Bladder Pain Syndrome. British Journal of Urology International, 111(1), 114-121.

Gagliese, L., Katz, L., Gibson, M. C., Clark, A. J., Lussier, D., Gordon, A., & Salter, M. (2012). A brief educational intervention about pain and aging for older members of the community and health care workers. The Journal of Pain, 13(9), 849-856.


  • B.Sc., York Univeristy, 2004
  • M.Sc., Queen's University, 2011
  • Ph.D., Queen's University, 2016
  • Internship, London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium, 2016
  • Registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario

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