Dr Somayyeh Mohammadi


I am trained professionally as a psychotherapist with research training in health psychology and family therapy. My research expertise/interest is in the impact of chronic conditions on individuals with chronic conditions and their family caregivers, and developing and applying eHealth intervention to enhance the quality of life and well-being of individuals with chronic conditions and their family caregivers. 

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Counselling Psychology


  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Dalhousie University
  • PhD in Health Psychology, University Medical Centre Groningen
  • MSc in Family Therapy, Shahid Beheshti University
  • BSc in Clinical Psychology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Teaching and learning

 Module PS6005: The Psychology of Health and Well BeingKingston University, London, UK

Course RSOT 547, Evidence for Practice II: Project, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Course 647: Biopsychosocial Bases of Health and Dysfunction, Adler University, Vancouver, Canada

Course 495: Research in Counselling Psychology, Adler University, Vancouver, Canada

Course 693: Effective Family and Couple Therapy, Adler University, Vancouver, Canada 

Course 520: Theories of Counselling, Adler University, Vancouver, Canada 





  • Miller, W.C., Mohammadi, S., Wendy, W., Crocker, M., Westby, M. (2021). Feasibility of the Hip Instructional Prehabilitation Program for Enhanced Recovery (HIPPER) intervention protocol: An eHealth approach for pre-surgical hip replacement education: A protocol of an RCT. JMIR Research Protocol, 10(7): e29322. doi: 10.2196/29322.
  • Mohammadi, S., Miller, W.C., Pawliuk, C., Robillard, J.M. (2021). The Role of eHealth Tools on Patients' Outcomes after Total Hip and Knee Replacement: Systematic Review. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences. doi: 10.3389/fresc.2021.696019
  • Mohammadi, S., Reid, H., Wendy, W., Robillard, J. M., Westby, M., Miller, W.C. (2021). A qualitative study on prehabilitation before total joint arthroplasties: Integration of patients' and clinicians' perspectives. Disability and Rehabilitation, 10:1-13. https://doi.org/10.1177/11795727211010501
  • Reid H.M., Miller W.C., Esfandiari, E., Mohammadi S., Rash I., Tao G., Simpson E., Leong K., Matharu P., Sakakibara B., Schmidt J., Jarus T., Forwell S., Borisoff J., Backman C., Alic A., Brooks E., Chan J., Flockhart E., Irish J., Tsukura C., Dispirito N., Mortenson W.B. (2021). The impact of COVID-19 related restrictions on social and daily activities of parents, people with disabilities and older adults: Protocol for a longitudinal, mixed-methods study. JMIR Research Protocol. Doi: 10.2196/28337
  • Akbari, F., Dehghani, M., Mohammadi, S., Goubert, L., Sanderman, R., Hagedoorn, M. (2020). Why do patients engage in pain behaviors? A qualitative study examining the perspective of patients and partners. Clinical Journal of Pain, 36(10): 750-756. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000868
  • Mohammadi, S., Alinajimi, F., Dehghani, M., Khatibi, A. (2020). Pain Catastrophizing Thoughts Explain the Link Between Perceived Caregiver Responses and Pain Behaviors of Patients With Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain. Frontiers in Psychology. doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01386
  • Akbari, F., Mohammadi, S., Dehghani, M., Goubert, L., Sanderman, R., Hagedoorn, M. (2020). Interpretations of partners' responses to pain behaviours: perspectives of patients and partners. British Journal of Health Psychology doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12490
  • Akbari, F., Dehghani, M., Mohammadi, S. (2020). Factor structure and invariance of the Pain Catastrophizing Scale in patients with chronic pain and their spouses. Rehabilitation Psychology. doi: 10.1037/rep0000322
  • Higgins, K. S., Chambers, C. T., Rosen, N. O., Sherry, S., Mohammadi, S., Lynch, M., Campbell-Yeo, M., & Clark, A. J. (2020). Child catastrophizing about parent chronic pain: A potential child vulnerability factor. British Journal of Health psychology. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12410
  • Higgins, K. S., Chambers, C. T., Rosen, N. O., Sherry, S., Mohammadi, S., Lynch, M., Campbell-Yeo, M., & Clark, A. J. (2019). Testing the Intergenerational Model of Transmission of Risk from Parents with Chronic Pain to their Children: An Empirical Investigation of Social Transmission Pathways. Pain. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001658
  • Mohammadi, S., Chambers, C.T., Rosen, N.O. (2018). The mediating role of partner burden and marital quality in the association between patients' pain behaviors and partners' responses. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 34(10):927-935. 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000610
  • Dehghani, M., Mohammadi, S., Sharpe, L., Khatibi, A. (2018). Attentional bias to threat-related information among individuals with dental complaints: The role of pain expectancy. Frontiers Psychology, 23;9:786. 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00786
  • Mohammadi, S., Dehghani, M., Sanderman, R., Hagedoorn, M. (2017). The role of pain behaviour and family caregiver responses in the link between pain catastrophising and pain intensity: A moderated mediation model. Psychology and Health, 23(4), 422-438. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2016.1275628
  • Mohammadi, S., Zandieh, S., Dehghani, M., Assarzadegan, F., Sanderman, R., Hagedoorn, M. (2017). The buffering effect of family functioning on the psychological consequences of headache. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 22(2), 237-243. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2016.1147054
  • Mohammadi, S., de Boer, M.J., Sanderman, R., Hagedoorn, M. (2017). Caregiving demands and caregivers' psychological outcomes: The mediating role of perceived injustice. Clinical Rehabilitation, 31(3), 403-413. doi: 10.1177/0269215516643846
  • Panaghi, L., Zadeh Mohammadi, A., Bagherian, F., Pakdaman, Sh., Ahmadabadi, Z., Mohammadi, S. (2016). [Exploring Health models of Iranian Family: A Qualitative Study]. Journal of Family Research, 12(46), 179-196. http://en.journals.sid.ir/ViewPaper.aspx?ID=522053
  • Mohammadi, S., Dehghani, M., Khatibi, A., Sanderman, R., Hagedoorn. M. (2015). Caregivers' attentional bias to pain: Does it affect caregivers' accuracy in detecting patients' pain behaviors? Pain, 156(1), 123-130. doi:10.1016/j.pain.0000000000000015
  • Mohammadi, S., Dehghani, M., Heidari, M., Sedaghat, M., Khatibi, A. (2013). [The evaluation of pain-related psychological similarities among patients with musculoskeletal chronic pain and their spouses]. Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 7(1), 57-66. http://journals.bmsu.ac.ir/jbs/index.php/jbs/article/view/356
  • Panaghi, L., Mohammadi, S., Poshtmashhadi, M., Zadehmohammadi, A., Ahmadabadi. Z. (2013). High risk behaviors among Iranian adolescents: Evaluating the effect of family factors. Practice in Clinical Psychology, 1, 33-44. http://jpcp.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-25-en.pdf
  • Panaghi, L., Ahmadabadi, Z., Ghahari, Sh., Mohammadi, S. (2013). Social support, coping mechanisms, and mental health of women suffering from spouse abuse. Practice in Clinical Psychology, 1, 9-15. http://jpcp.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-22-en.pdf
  • Mohammadi, S., Dehghani, M., Sharpe, L., Heidari, M., Sedaghat, M., khatibi, A. (2012). Do main care givers selectively attend to pain related stimuli in the same way that patients do? Pain, 153(1), 62-67. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2011.08.021
  • Dehestani, M., Zadeh Mohammadi, A., Mohammadi, S. (2012). [The extent of religiosity and its relationship with university students' identity styles]. Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 6(2), 171-179. http://journals.bmsu.ac.ir/jbs/index.php/jbs/article/view/321
  • Fazeli, A., Mohammadi, S., Aghababaei, N., Izadpanah, Sh., Panaghi, L., Ghadiri, F. (2011). [Parental bonding and mental health: The role of gender]. Developmental Psychology: Iranian Psychologist, 8(30), 197-206. http://www.sid.ir/fa/VEWSSID/J_pdf/78113903008.pdf
  • Mohammadi, S., Izadpanah, S., Fazeli, A. Panaghi, L., Ghadiri, F. (2011). [The effects of identity styles and suicide thoughts among university students]. Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 5(1), 41-47. http://fa.journals.sid.ir/ViewPaper.aspx?FID=79413901509
  • Panaghi, L., Dehghani, M., Abbasi, M., Mohammadi, S., Maleki, G. (2011). [Investigating reliability, validity, and factor structure of the Revised Conflict Tactics Scale]. Journal of Family Research, 7(1), 103-117. http://www.sid.ir/fa/vewssid/j_pdf/78913902507.pdf 
  • Panaghi, L., Mohammadi, S. (2010). [Steps for developing general suicide prevention program]. Mental Health, 3, 27-37. 

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