Annmarie Cano

Annmarie Cano

Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Success


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Annmarie Cano

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Research at the intersection of clinical health psychology and couples and family psychology:

    My research in clinical health psychology focuses on 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 emotional validation and empathic responses to self-disclosures as relationship processes that may contribute to better pain adjustment and mental health. To this end, I have conducted studies in pain clinic, community, and analogue samples using multiple methods (i.e., questionnaires, interviews, observation, experiments) to assess interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and affective dimensions of the pain experience. 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). With a grant from NIH/NCCIH, I am building on my basic research findings by developing and testing a mindfulness and acceptance intervention aimed at emotion regulation processes in couples with chronic pain.

    See: Cano, A. (2019). Relational flexibility. The Academic Minute (April 17, 2019).  

  • Research on diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education:

    My work as a university administrator has piqued my interest in issues relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education. I am now conducting a social science research program on individual and systemic variables that impact the success of diverse groups of undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and faculty. In particular, I am interested in malleable psychosocial characteristics that promote (e.g., growth mindset) and hinder (e.g., fixed mindset, grit, stereotype threat) success as well as faculty gatekeeping behaviors that might promote (and sometimes, hinder) student success.


  • 1998 Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Stony Brook University
  • 1995 M.A. in Psychology, Stony Brook University
  • 1993 B.A. in Psychology, Princeton University

Awards and grants

  • National Science Foundation
    Michigan Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
    Role: Site Co-Principal Investigator
    Project Duration: 1/17/2017-2/28/2019

    American Psychological Association
    Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
    The Wayne State University-American Psychological Association Summer Scholars Program
    Role: Faculty Organizer
    Project Duration: 5/1/2016-8/31/2016 Total Amount Awarded: $15,360

    NCCIH/NIH (R21)
    Preliminary test of an integrative intervention to alleviate chronic pain and improve quality of life in couples
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Project Duration: 8/1/2014-7/30/2017 Total Amount Awarded: $404,951

Selected publications

 * indicates student co-authors

*Pester, B.D., Caño, A., Kostecki, A., & Wurm, L.H. (in press). How do I help my partner in pain? Partners’ helping behaviors are linked to lower pain and greater perceived validation during an experimental pain task. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Mittinty, M.M., Kindt, S., Mittinty, M.N., Bernardes, S., Caño, A., Verhofstadt, L., & Goubert, L. (in press). Dyadic coping in the context of chronic pain: An actor-partner interdependence analysis. Pain Medicine.

Mathur, A., Cano, A., Dickson, M.W., Matherly, L.H., Maun, C., & Neale, A.V. (2019). Portfolio review in graduate admissions: Outcomes of a pilot program. Strategic Enrollment Management Quarterly (SEMQ), 7 (1), 7-24.

Mathur, A., Wood, M.E., & Cano, A. (2018). Mastery of transferable skills by doctoral scholars: Visualization using doctoral microcredentialing. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 50, 38-45.

Cano, A., Wurm, L.H., *Nava, J., McIntee, F., & Mathur, A. (2018). Applicant and faculty characteristics in the doctoral admissions process: An experimental vignette study. Strategic Enrollment Management Quarterly (SEMQ), 6 (1), 35-49. 

Cano, A. & *Tankha, H. (2018). Spousal criticism and hostility in response to pain: What is the alternative? Pain, 159, 1-2.

*Martinez, S.C., Cano, A., Casey, R.J., Johnson, A., *May, D.K., & Wurm, L.H. (2018). Development of the Bonding with Dog Checklist (BoDC). Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 6, 32-46.

*Seivert, N.P., Cano, A., Casey, R.J., Johnson, A., & *May, D.K. (2018). Animal-assisted therapy for incarcerated youth: A randomized-controlled trial. Applied Developmental Science, 22, 139-153. DOI: https://10.1080/10888691.2016.1234935

Cano, A., *Corley, A.M., *Clark, S.M., & *Martinez, S.C. (2018). A couple-based psychological treatment for chronic pain and relationship distress. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 25, 119-134.

*Kindt, S., Vansteenkiste, M., Cano, A., & Goubert, L. (2017). When is your partner willing to help you? The role of daily goal conflict and perceived gratitude. Motivation and Emotion, 41, 671-682.

*May, D.K., Ellis, D., Cano, A., Dekelbab, B. (2017). Improving diabetes related parent-adolescent communication with individualized feedback. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 42, 1114-1122.

Cano, A. & Goubert, L. (2017). What’s in a name? The case of emotional disclosure of pain-related distress. Journal of Pain, 18, 881-888.

*Clark, S.M., Cano, A., Goubert, L., Vlaeyen, J.W.S., Wurm, L.H., & *Corley, A.M. (2016). Pain anxiety and its association with pain congruence trajectories during the cold pressor task. Journal of Pain, 18, 396-404.

*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.

*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.

*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.

Currently teaching

  •  Not currently teaching this semester.

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