Anna Waisman MA Clinical Psychology, entering PhD Candidate

Anna is an incoming doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at York University, specializing in clinical neuropsychology and health psychology. Working under the supervision of Dr. Joel Katz, her research interests primarily concern risk factors for chronic pain. Her master’s thesis investigated how autobiographical memory is represented in individuals undergoing major surgery and the role that certain memory biases play in the development of chronic postsurgical pain. Anna plans to continue studying the autobiographical memory system’s involvement in chronic pain in both adult and pediatric populations. Before beginning her graduate studies, Anna worked at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Shayna Rosenbaum and Dr. Morris Moscovitch researching autobiographical and spatial memory in healthy aging and memory impairment, including in individuals with hippocampal amnesia and mild cognitive impairment. In addition to her research, Anna is also the editorial assistant at the Canadian Journal of Pain.


York University

Principal Department/Program:

Clinical Psychology

Principal Hospital Appointment:



Dr. Joel Katz

Key Publications:

Waisman, A., Kleiman, V., Slepian, P.M., Clarke, H., & Katz, J. (2022). Preoperative Memory Specificity Predicts Pain Status up to 12 Months after Major Surgery. Advance online publication. Manuscript selected as an Editor’s Choice. Waisman, A., Pavlova, M., Noel, M., & Katz, J. (2022). Painful Reminders: Involvement of the Autobiographical Memory System in Pediatric Postsurgical Pain and the Transition to Chronicity.