Annmarie Wurm

KickStart Study (ongoing)

Faculty Profile

Associate Dean

Secondary Title

Associate Dean of the Graduate School


(313) 577-1492

Selected Publications

Publications in the last 5 years (* Indicates Student Co-Author)

Cano, A., *Corley, A.M., *Clark, S.M., & *Martinez, S.C. (in press). A couple-based psychological treatment for chronic pain and relationship distress. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.

Cano, A. & Goubert, L. (in press). What’s in a name? The case of emotional disclosure of pain-related
distress. Journal of Pain.

*Clark, S.M., Cano, A., Goubert, L., Vlaeyen, J.W.S., Wurm, L.H., & *Corley, A.M. (in press). Pain anxiety and its association with pain congruence trajectories during the cold pressor task. Journal of Pain.

*Seivert, N.P., Cano, A., Casey, R.J., Johnson, A., & *May, D.K. (in press). Animal-assisted therapy for incarcerated youth: A randomized-controlled trial. Applied Developmental Science.

*Corley, A.M., Cano, A., Goubert, L., Vlaeyen, J.W.S., & Wurm, L.H. (2016). Global and situational relationship satisfaction moderate the effect of threat on pain in couples. Pain Medicine, 17, 1664-75.

*May, D.K., *Seivert, N.P., Cano, A., Casey, R.J., & Johnson, A. (2016). Animal-assisted therapy for youth: A systematic methodological critique. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 4, 1-18.

*Leong, L.E.M., Cano, A., Wurm, L.H., Lumley, M.A., & Corley, A.M. (2015). A perspective taking manipulation leads to greater empathy and less pain during the cold pressor task. Journal of Pain, 16, 1176-1185.

*Kindt, S., Vansteenkiste, M., Loeys, T., Cano, A., Lauwerier, E., Verhofstadt, L, Goubert, L. (2015). When is helping your partner with chronic pain a burden? The relation between helping motivation and personal and relational functioning. Pain Medicine, 16, 1732-1744. doi: 10.1111/pme.1276

*Miller-Matero, L.R. & Cano, A. (2015). Encouraging couples to change: A motivational assessment to promote well-being in people with chronic pain and their partners. Pain Medicine, 16, 348-355.

*Williams, A.M. & Cano, A. (2014). Spousal mindfulness and social support in couples with chronic pain. Clinical Journal of Pain, 30, 528-535. 

*Leonard, M.T., *Issner, J.B., Cano, A., & *Williams, A.M. (2013). Correlates of Spousal Empathic Accuracy for Pain-Related Thoughts and Feelings. Clinical Journal of Pain, 29, 324-333. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e3182527bfd

*Miller, L.R., Cano, A., & Wurm, L.H. (2013). A motivational therapeutic assessment improves pain, mood, and relationship satisfaction in couples with chronic pain. Journal of Pain, 14, 525-537.

*Issner, J.B., Cano, A., *Leonard, M.T., & *Williams, A.M. (2012). How do I empathize with you? Let me count the ways: Relations between facets of pain-related empathy. Journal of Pain, 13, 167-175. PMCID: In process.

Cano, A., *Leong, L., *Williams, A.M., *May, D.K., & *Lutz, J.R. (2012). Correlates and consequences of the disclosure of pain-related distress to one's spouse. Pain, 153, 2441-2447.

Courses taught

PSY 1010: Introduction to Psychology (Honors and non-Honors sections)

PSY 2300: Psychology of Everyday Living

PSY 7300: Adult Psychopathology

PSY 7370: Psychotherapeutic Interventions I

Research Description

I am interested in emotion regulation and intimacy processes in couples facing physical and mental health problems with the long-term goal of developing interventions aimed at improving couples' individual and relationship health and well-being. I am particularly interested in how self-disclosure of anxiety as well as the delivery of emotional validation and empathy affects pain adjustment and mental health in couples facing chronic pain. To this end, I have conducted several studies in pain clinic and community samples using multiple methods (i.e., questionnaires, interviews, observation) to assess interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and affective dimensions of couples' chronic pain experiences. I am also collaborating with colleagues to study these processes in parents and their children with health problems (i.e., children with poor metabolic control, children with chronic pain). Over the next several years, I will be building on our longitudinal and observational research findings by developing and testing an intervention aimed at emotion regulation processes in couples and families with chronic illness.

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