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Dr. Aliza Weinrib


Dr. Aliza Weinrib, Ph.D., (2011; University of Iowa) is a registered clinical psychologist and research associate in the Human Pain Mechanisms Lab. Her research is grounded in her clinical work at Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital, where she provides clinical care to patients struggling with acute and chronic pain. Dr. Weinrib’s research portfolio includes designing, implementing, and testing brief behavioral interventions for pain management before and after surgery.

Dr. Weinrib is the Chair of the Ontario Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, which hosts peer meetings and trainings for those interested in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

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Toronto Star

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Selected Presentations

Weinrib, A. (2016, October). The Role of the Psychologist in the Transitional Pain Service. Paper presented in symposium entitled Maximizing Prevention of Chronic Pain after Surgery: Panel from the Toronto Transitional Pain Service at the Atlantic Pain Conference, Halifax, NS.

Weinrib, A. (2016, June). Integrating the ACT Matrix into post-surgical pain management. Paper presented in symposium entitled ACT in Medicine: Efficient contextual interventions that target diverse medical populations at the 14th meeting of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science World Conference, Seattle, WA.

Weinrib, A. (2015, September.) Mindfulness for Acute and Chronic Pain. Paper presented at UTSC Clinical Psychology Summit: Modern Applications of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Toronto, ON.

Weinrib, A. (2015, May). Psychological intervention in the Transitional Pain Service. Paper presented in symposium entitled A novel, multidisciplinary, transitional pain service designed to manage severe, acute postsurgical pain and prevent the transition to chronicity at the 36th meeting of the Canadian Pain Society, Charlottetown, PEI.

Selected Publications

Weinrib, A.Z., Azam, M.A., Birne, K., Burns, L.C., Clarke, H., & Katz, J. (2017) The psychology of persisting post-surgical pain: Frontiers in risk factor identification, prevention, and management. British Journal of Pain, DOI: 10.1177/23049463717720636.
Weinrib, A., Azam, M.A., Latman, V., Janmohamed, T., Katz, J., & Clarke, H. (2017). Manage My Pain: A patient-driven mobile platform to prevent and manage chronic post-surgical pain. In C. El Morr (Ed.) Novel applications of virtual communities in healthcare, Hershey, PA: IGI Global, in press.

Azam, M. A., Weinrib, A. Montbriand, J., Burns, L. C., Clarke, H., & Katz, J. (2017). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Manage Pain and Opioid Use after Major Surgery: Preliminary Outcomes from the Toronto General Hospital Transitional Pain Service. Canadian Journal of Pain, 1(1), 37-49.

Weinrib, A., Burns, L., Mu, A., Azam, M.A., Ladak, S.S.J., McRae, K., Katznelson, R., Azargive, S., Tran, C., Katz, J. & Clarke, H. (2017). A case report on the treatment of complex chronic pain and opioid dependence by a multidisciplinary transitional pain service using the ACT Matrix and buprenorphine/naloxone. Journal of Pain Research(10), 747-755.

Katz, J., Weinrib, A., Fashler, S., et al. (2015). The Toronto General Hospital Transitional Pain Service: development and implementation of a multidisciplinary program to prevent chronic postsurgical pain. Journal of Pain Research (8), 695-702

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Updated on May 10th, 2018.