Geoffrey S Rachor

Geoffrey S Rachor
University of Regina · Department of Psychology

MSc (Rehabilitation Science)

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Introduction
My research interests broadly include the study of the relationships between anxiety disorders and pain outcomes. Current research projects include exploring the relationships between metacognition, health anxiety and chronic pain, as well as examining return-to-work outcomes for individuals with chronic pain undergoing rehabilitation for Traumatic Psychological Injuries in the workplace.
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September 2020 - January 2022
University of Regina
Position
  • PhD Student
September 2020 - January 2022
University of Regina
Position
  • PhD Student

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Publications (23)
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Objective: This study aimed to study risk factors for developing concurrent posttraumatic stress injury (PTSI) among workers experiencing work-related musculoskeletal injury (MSI). Methods: A case-control study was conducted using workers' compensation data on injured workers undergoing rehabilitation programs for concurrent MSI and PTSI (cases)...
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Background No studies have examined whether levels of COVID stress vary across anxiety-related disorders. Likewise, no studies have assessed structural invariance of the COVID Stress Scales (CSS) across clinical diagnoses. We sought to address these issues in the present study. Given the dynamic nature of pandemics, we also assessed whether COVID s...
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According to the World Health Organization, pandemic fatigue poses a serious threat for managing COVID-19. The cardinal feature of pandemic fatigue is a progressive decline in adherence to social distancing (SDIS) guidelines, which is associated with pandemic-related emotional burnout. Little is known about the nature of pandemic fatigue; for examp...
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Purpose Public safety personnel (PSP) are at risk of developing posttraumatic stress injury (PTSI) due to exposure to traumatic experiences and accidents. Rehabilitation programs are available, but their success varies. We studied: (1) characteristics of PSP undergoing PTSI rehabilitation in comparison to non-PSP workers; and (2) predictive value o...
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This study aimed to generate a linguistic equivalent of the COVID Stress Scales (CSS) in the Serbian language and examine its psychometric characteristics. Data were collected from September to December 2020 among the general population of three cities in Republic of Serbia and Republic of Srpska, countries where the Serbian language is spoken. Par...
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During pandemics such as COVID-19, voluntary self-isolation is important for limiting the spread of infection. Little is known about the traits that predict distress or coping with pandemic-related self-isolation. Some studies suggest that personality variables (e.g., introversion, conscientiousness, resilience, optimism) are important in predictin...
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Research shows that there has been a substantial increase in substance use and abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that substance use/abuse is a commonly reported way of coping with anxiety concerning COVID-19. Anxiety about COVID-19 is more than simply worry about infection. Research provides evidence of a COVID Stress Syndrome characterized b...
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Background Many psychological factors play a role in the COVID-19 pandemic, including various forms of worry, avoidance, and coping. Adding to the complexity, some people believe the threat of COVID-19 is exaggerated. We used network analysis to investigate how these diverse elements are interrelated. Methods A population-representative sample of...
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Background: Researchers have examined intolerance of uncertainty (IU) and negative beliefs about worry (NBW) in emotional disorders. However, the distinct relationships of IU and NBW remain unclear. We examined IU and NBW across emotional disorders, controlling for overlapping symptoms. We also explored prospective and inhibitory IU. Methods: A sa...
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Importance: Vaccination hesitancy-the reluctance or refusal to be vaccinated-is a leading global health threat (World Health Organization, 2019). It is imperative to identify the prevalence of vaccination hesitancy for SARS-CoV2 in order to understand the scope of the problem and to identify its motivational roots in order to proactively prepare t...
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Background: The occurrence of health anxiety (HA) in chronic pain is associated with adverse outcomes. As such, it is important to identify constructs that might influence HA and pain-related outcomes. Metacognitions are an emerging area of interest in both HA and chronic pain, but the relationship between the three factors has not been extensivel...
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Background During past disease outbreaks, healthcare workers (HCWs) have been stigmatized (e.g., shunned, ostracized) by members in their community, for fear that HCWs are sources of infection. There has been no systematic evaluation of HCW stigmatization during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods Non-HCW adults from the United States and Canada (N = 3...
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Background People with pre-existing mental health conditions may be more susceptible to stressors associated with COVID-19 relative to the general population; however, no studies have assessed whether susceptibility differs between classes of mental health disorders. We assessed COVID-19-related stress, self-isolation stressors, and coping in those...
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Metacognitions have been associated with chronic pain, including pain intensity and pain-related disability, and with pain catastrophizing. Researchers have hypothesized that metacognitions may moderate the relationship between pain catastrophizing and pain-related outcomes, however, this has not yet been tested. The current study aimed to examine...
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The Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta (WCB-Alberta) offers rehabilitation programs for claimants with Traumatic Psychological Injuries (TPI) aimed at facilitating return-to-work. This study examines the effects of having comorbid painful physical injuries on return-to-work outcomes of claimants undergoing rehabilitation for TPI. We conducted a...
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Objectives: The burden of pain in nursing home residents is substantial; unfortunately, many times it goes undiagnosed and is inadequately treated. To improve identification of pain in this population, we aimed to review and synthesize findings from qualitative studies that report primary barriers and facilitators to pain assessment in nursing home...
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Background: The burden of pain in nursing homes is substantial; however, pain assessment for both acute and chronic conditions remain inadequate resulting in inappropriate or inadequate treatment. Complexities in assessing resident pain have been attributed to factors (barriers and facilitators) arising at the resident, health care provider and he...
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The occurrence of health anxiety (HA) in chronic pain is associated with increased disability, and often results in poor prognosis. HA is characterized by increased awareness to somatic sensations, as well as increased illness perceptions, such as perceived likelihood of becoming ill, and perceived severity of illness. Although researchers have ide...
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Research has shown that health anxiety (HA) significantly contributes to disability in chronic pain populations. The aim of the current study was to examine if metacognitive beliefs may account for the relationship between chronic pain and HA. University students who reported experiencing (n = 157), or not experiencing (n = 128), chronic or recurri...
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Introduction: A racing mind, worries, and uncontrollable thoughts are common bedtime complaints among poor sleepers. Beaudoin created a Serial Diverse Imagining task (SDIT) that can be used at bedtime to divert attention away from sleep interfering thoughts, An app randomly presents recordings of relatively concrete words one at a time with an 8-se...

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The aim of the current project is to examine the role of metacognitions about health in explaining the relationship between chronic pain and health anxiety. This online study employs both pain and non-pain undergraduate student samples with or without self-reported chronic pain conditions. It is expected that metacognitions about health will significantly predict the relationship between health anxiety and pain outcomes while taking into account the roles of pain catastrophizing and other cognitive factors pertaining to health anxiety and chronic pain.