Lucia Gagliese, PhD, CPsych

Department of Anaesthesia,
Toronto General Hospital,
University Health Network

Lucia Gagliese is a clinical psychologist and research scientist with expertise in geriatric pain. She is Associate Professor at School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anaesthesia and Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and staff scientist, Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management at University Health Network (UHN) and Mount Sinai Hospital. She is also Affiliate Scientist, Division of Behavioural Science and Health, Toronto General Research Institute, UHN.

Gagliese’s research focuses on psychometric testing of pain measures, psychological factors in pain, cancer pain and psychosocial oncology, and pain and cognitive impairment. She is currently the principal investigator on a CIHR-funded clinical trial comparing the efficacy of NMDA-receptor antagonists for the management of postoperative pain in younger and older men undergoing radical prostatectomy. This work will identify age-related biopsychosocial predictors of the development of chronic post-surgical pain and disability. This issue is also important to people with OA who undergo joint replacement surgery. Gagliese is also principal investigator on a second CIHR grant that examines age differences in cancer pain and consequences for mental health and functional impairment. In addition, she is a co-investigator on a CIHR-funded study of physical and psychological predictors of the will to live among terminally ill cancer patients and another study of the relationship between quality of death and caregiver bereavement outcomes.

Selected Publications

  • Salomons TV, Osterman JE, Gagliese L, Katz J. Pain flashbacks in post-traumatic stress disorder. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2004;20(2): 83-87.
  • Gagliese L, Melzack R. Age-related differences in the qualities but not the intensity of chronic pain. Pain. 2003; 104(3):597-608.
  • Gagliese L, Katz J. Age differences in postoperative pain are scale dependent: A comparison of measures of pain intensity and quality in younger and older surgical patients. Pain. 2003;103(1-2): 11-20.
  • Gagliese L, Melzack R. Age differences in nociception and pain behaviours in the rat. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. 2000;24(8): 843-854.
  • Gagliese L, Jackson M, Ritvo P, Wowk A, Katz J. Age is not an impediment to effective use of patient-controlled analgesia by surgical patients. Anesthesiology. 2000;93(3): 601-610.
  • Gagliese L, Melzack R. Age differences in the response to the formalin test in rats. Neurobiology of Aging. 1999;20(6): 699-707.

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