Monique Gignac, PhD

Monique Gignac
Division of Outcomes & Population Health,
Toronto Western Research Institute,
University Health Network

Monique Gignac is a scientist with the Division of Outcomes and Population Health and a research investigator with the Arthritis Community Research & Evaluation Unit (ACREU), University Health Network (UHN). She is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto and Adjunct Scientist with the Institute for Work & Health.

Gignac is a social psychologist studying coping with and adaptation to chronic stress, especially chronic illness and disability. With funding from CIHR and the Canadian Arthritis Network (CAN) she is currently examining coping efforts and adaptations used by individuals with arthritis disability to manage their condition and remain employed. This work will provide information about behaviours that enhance or create risks to health and can be applied to interventions aimed at minimizing the impact of chronic disabling health conditions. It is part of an ongoing program of research to investigate factors associated with the independence of people with arthritis and their families in different domains of life.

Gignac’s other research includes the coping and adaptation of older adults with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis and relating these efforts to changes in adults’ health status, disability, and independence, as well as the provision of care to people with arthritis in the community. She is also involved in research examining early osteoarthritis and changes in the trajectory of OA over time, shifts in the meaning of illness, interventions to help people with arthritis maintain or regain greater independence, and biopsychosocial factors affecting pain, fatigue, and decision-making.

Selected Publications

  • Gignac MAM. Arthritis and employment: An examination of behavioral coping efforts to manage workplace activity limitations. Arthritis Rheum. 2005; 53:328-336.
  • Gignac MAM, Badley EM, Lacaille D, Cott CA, Adam P, Anis A. Managing arthritis and employment: Making arthritis-related work changes as a means of adaptation. Arthritis Care & Research. 2004;51:909-916.
  • Sutton D, Gignac MAM, Cott C. Medical and everyday assistive device use among older adults with arthritis. Canadian Journal on Aging. 2002;21:535-548.
  • Gignac MAM, Cott C, Badley EM. Adaptation to disability: Applying selective optimization with compensation to the behaviors of older adults with osteoarthritis. Psychology and Aging. 2002:17:520-524.
  • Gignac MAM, Cott C, Badley EM. Adaptation to chronic illness and disability and its relationship to perceptions of independence and dependence. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. 2000;55B:362-372.
  • Gignac MAM, Cott C. A conceptual model of independence and dependence for adults with chronic physical illness and disability. Social Science and Medicine. 1998; 47:739-753.

See publications by Monique Gignac on PubMed.