Risk Factors of Pain and Quality of Life in IBD

Learn about the impact that psychological and social factors can have on pain and quality of life in people living with Crohn's and colitis.


Dr. Dean Tripp (C.Psych, PhD) is a Crohn's and Colitis Canada funded-researcher, Professor in the Department of Psychology at Queens University and cross appointed to Anesthesiology and Urology at Queen's. He completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University, holding several university positions before joining Queen's University in 2001.

He has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications & chapters, 5 treatment manuals, has developed 14 annual Pain Education events in Kingston, has presented his research in many national and international forums including TEDx events, and has consulted around the world on clinical research and patient engagement.  

Dr. Tripp has been nationally and locally awarded for his excellence in teaching and research. His research has focused on pain and psychosocial factors associated with adjustment within various patient populations.

Watch the video below to learn more about Dr. Tripp's research programs funded by Crohn's and Colitis Canada!


  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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