Josh Rash

B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc. University of Northern British Columbia; Ph.D. University of Calgary

Assistant Professor

Office: SN3072
Phone:(709) 864-7687
Affiliations: Clinical


I completed my BSc (Hon) and MSc at the University of Northern British Columbia. I received my doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2017 and completed my pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at The Ottawa Hospital (2016-2017). I joined the clinical faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland in September of 2017.

Research Interests

My research interests are within the area of behavioural medicine. My research has focused on two areas of interest. First, I adopt a lifespan perspective to understand how biopsychosocial factors influence the development and progression of health and disease (e.g., cardiovascular disease, pain, cancer). Second, I am interested in designing and implementing behavioural interventions that are aimed at improving the lives of individuals living with chronic illness. Areas that I have been actively involved in include: adherence, pain assessment and management, cardiovascular reactivity, clinical inertia, developmental origins of health and disease (DoHaD), and motivating behaviour change.

Representative Publications

Rash, J. A., Toivonen, K., Robert, M., Nasr-Esfahani, M., Jarrell, J. F. & Campbell, T. S. (2017). Protocol for a placebo-controlled, within-subjects crossover trial evaluating the efficacy of intranasal oxytocin to improve pain and function among women with chronic pelvic pain. BMJ Open, 7, Article#e014909. doi.10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014909


Lavoie, K. L., Rash, J. A., & Campbell, T. S. (2017). Changing provider behavior in the context of chronic disease management: Focus on provider clinical inertia. Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology, 57, 263-283. doi.10.1146/annurev-pharmtox-010716-104952 


Rash, J.A., Campbell, D.J.T., Tonelli, M. & Campbell, T.S. (2016). A systematic-review of interventions intended to improve adherence to statin medication: How much do we really know about what works? Preventive Medicine, 90, 155-169 doi. 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.07.006


Rash, J.A., Lavoie, K.L., Sigal, R. J., Campbell, D. J. T., Manns, B. J., Tonelli, M. & Campbell, T.S. (2016). Rationale and design of a randomized controlled trial of motivational enhancement therapy to improve adherence to statin medication. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 49, 47-56. doi. 10.1016.j.cct.2016.06.001


Rash, J. A., Thomas, J. C., Campbell, T. S., Letourneau, N., Granger, D. A., & Giesbrecht, G. F. (2016). Developmental origins of infant stress reactivity profiles: A multi-systems approach. Developmental Psychobiology, 58(5), 578-599. doi: 10.1002/dev.21403


Johnson, J. A., Rash, J.A., Campbell, T. S., Savard, J., Gehrman, P. R., Perlis, M., Carlson, L. E. & Garland, S. N. (2016). A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) in cancer survivors. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 27, 20-28. doi. 10.1016/j.smrv.2015.07.001 


Rash, J. A., Campbell, T. S., Letourneau, N., & Giesbrecht, G. F. (2015). Prenatal maternal cortisol and parasympathetic programming of the infant cardiovascular system. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 54, 78-89. doi 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2015.01.024


Rouleau, C. R., Rash, J. A., & Mothersill, K. J. (2016). Ethical issues in the psychological assessment of bariatric surgery candidates. Journal of Health Psychology, 21(7), 1457-1471. doi. 10.1177/1359105314556160


Harder, H. G., Wagner, S. L. & Rash, J. A. (2014). Mental illness in the workplace: Psychological disability management. In C. Cooper & R. Burke (Series Ed.), Psychological and Behavioural Aspects of Risk. Gower


Rash, J. A. & Campbell, T. S. (2014). The effect of intranasal oxytocin administration on acute cold pressor pain: A placebo-controlled, double-blind, within-subjects crossover investigation. Psychosomatic Medicine, 76(6): 422-429. doi 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000068


Rash, J. A. & Prkachin, K. (2013) Cardiac vagal control during relived sadness is predicted by affect intensity and emotional intelligence. Biological Psychology, 92(2), 106-113. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2012.11.009