Dr. Michelle A. Fortier, Pediatric Psychology

Dr. Michelle A. Fortier, Pediatric Psychology

  • Michelle A Fortier PhD
  • Appointments:
  • Specialty: Psychology

Michelle Fortier, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and an assistant professor in the departments of anesthesiology and perioperative care and psychology and social behavior at UC Irvine. She earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a child and family emphasis from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and completed a pre-doctoral internship at West Virginia University School of Medicine. She then went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She joined CHOC in 2008.

Dr. Fortier provides cognitive-behavioral therapy for children with chronic pain through the Pain Management Center at UC Irvine. She is also co-director of the UCI Center on Stress and Health, a multidisciplinary research center led by UC Irvine Health and CHOC.

Dr. Fortier is dedicated to working with children with chronic pain. She is currently researching the management of pediatric pain with special focus on parents in the home setting as a principal investigator in the American Pain Society Future Leaders in Pain Small Research Grants Program. The goal of the study is to incorporate health information technology into pain management by developing a web-based program for caregivers managing children’s pain after surgery. Through the Hoag Foundation Career Development Award, Dr. Fortier is working to develop and pilot an electronic decision-support pain management protocol for children undergoing cancer treatment. In addition, Dr. Fortier is co-principal investigator in a grant project through the Children’s Miracle Network entitled Managing Neonatal Pain and Distress: The Next Frontier. Her project aims to identify the frequency of painful procedures undergone by neonates in the NICU and introduce an intervention to structure procedures to allow for periods of rest and recovery for newborns.

Dr. Fortier has coauthored more 50 national and international presentations, book chapters and peer-reviewed publications.

Clinical Interests

Pain management for children, reducing children’s pain and anxiety in the medical setting

Research Focus

Management of pediatric pain

Michelle A Fortier PhD is on staff at CHOC Hospital in Orange .


CHOC Pediatric Psychology
1120 W La Veta Ave 470
Orange, CA 92868
phone: 714-509-8481
fax: 714-509-8756


  • Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Mayo Clinic
  • Predoctoral Clinical Psychology Internship
    West Virginia University School of Medicine, Charleston
  • Psychology Degree
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Fortier, M.A., Del Rosario, A.M., & Kain, Z.N. (2010). Perioperative anxiety in children. Pediatric Anesthesia, 20, 319-322.

Zisk Rony, R.Y., Fortier, M.A., Chorney, J.M., Perret, D. & Kain, Z.N. (2010). Parental postoperative pain management: attitudes, assessment, and management. Pediatrics. Published online: doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-2632

Fortier, M.A., Del Rosario, A.M., Rosenbaum, A., & Kain, Z.N. (2010). Beyond pain: predictors of postoperative maladaptive behavior change in children. Pediatric Anesthesia. Published online: doi:10/1111/j.1460-9592.2010.03281.x

DiLillo, D., Hayes, S., Fortier, M. A., Perry, A. R., Evans, S., Messman-Moore, T. L., Walsh, K., Nash, C., & Fauchier, A. (2010). Development and initial psychometric properties of the Computer Assisted Maltreatment Inventory (CAMI): A comprehensive self-report measure of child maltreatment history. Child Abuse and Neglect, 34, 305-317.

Walsh, K., Fortier, M. A., & DiLillo, D. (2010). Adult coping with childhood sexual abuse: a theoretical and empirical review. Aggression & Violent Behavior, 15, 1-13.

Fortier, M. A., MacLaren Chorney, J., Rony, R.Y.Z., Karimi-Perret, D., Rhinehart, J. B., Camilon, F. S., & Kain, Z.N., (2009). Children’s desire for perioperative information. Anesthesia & Analgesia, 109, 1085-1090.

Fortier, M. A., MacLaren, J. E., Martin, S. R., Perret, D., & Kain, Z. N. (2009). Pediatric pain following ambulatory surgery: Where’s the medication Pediatrics. Published online: doi:10.1542/peds.2008-3529

Fortier, M. A., Anderson, C., & Kain, Z. N. (2009). Ethnicity matters in the assessment and treatment of children’s pain. Pediatrics, 124, 378-380.

Fortier, M. A., DiLillo, D., Messman-Moore, T. L., Peugh, J., DeNardi, K. A., & Gaffey, K. J. (2009). Child sexual abuse and revictimization: the mediating role of coping and trauma symptoms. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 33, 308-320.

MacLaren, J. E., Thompson, C., Weinberg, M., Fortier, M. A., Morrison, D. E., & Kain, Z. N. (2009). Prediction of preoperative anxiety in children: Who is most accurate Anesthesia & Analgesia, 108, 1777-1782.

Kain, Z. K., MacLaren, J. E., Hammell, C., Novoa, C., Fortier, M. A., Huszti, H., & Mayes, L. (2009). Healthcare provider-child-parent communication in preoperative surgical setting. Pediatric Anesthesia, 19, 376-384.

DiLillo, D., Fortier, M. A., Hayes, S. A., Trask, E., Perry, A. R., Messman-Moore, T. L., Fauchier, A., & Nash, C. (2006). Retrospective assessment of childhood sexual and physical abuse: A comparison of scaled and behaviorally specific approaches. Assessment, 13(3), 1-16.

Ingram, R. E., Overbey, T., and Fortier, M. (2001). Individual differences in dysfunctional automatic thinking and parental bonding: Specificity of maternal Care. Personality and Individual Differences, 30(3), 401-412.

Yakel, D. A., Rosenblum, L., and Fortier, M. (2000). Effects of talker variability on speechreading. Perception and Psychophysics, 62(7), 1405-1412.

Book Chapters
DiLillo, D., Fortier, M. A., & Perry, A. R. (2006). Child physical abuse and neglect. In K. Liller (Ed.), Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Research, Practice, and Advocacy. (pp. 283-304). Washington, DC: American Public Health Association Press.

DiLillo, D., Perry, A. R., & Fortier, M. A. (2006). Child physical abuse and neglect. In: R.T. Ammerman & M. Hersen (Eds.), Comprehensive Handbook of Personality and Psychopathology, (Vol. 3, pp. 367-387). Child Psychopathology. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Ingram, R. E., & Fortier, M. (2001). The nature of adult vulnerability: History, traditions, and definitions. In R. E. Ingram & J. M. Price (Eds.), Vulnerability to psychopathology: Risk across the lifespan (pp. 39-54): New York: The Guilford Press.

International Presentations
Fortier, M. A., Chorney, J. M., & Kain, Z. N. (2010, March). What children want to know about their surgery: Is it going to hurt Poster presented at the 8th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain, Acapulco, Mexico.

Chorney, J. M., Hammell, C., Martin, S., Fortier, M. A., & Kain, Z. N. (2010, March). Sequential analysis of parent influences on children’s distress behavior in the immediate postoperative period. Poster presented at the 8th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain, Acapulco, Mexico.

Mellon, M. W., & Fortier, M. A. (2007, August). Conditioning treatment for nocturnal enuresis: Mechanisms of action and implications for future research. In M. B. Roberts (Chair), Clinical research on remote behavioural consultation, sleep problems, and nocturnal enuresis. Symposium presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis 4th International Conference, Sydney, Australia.

National Presentations
Chou, J., Fortier, M.A., Cortes, M., Maurer, E.L., & Kain, Z.N. (2010, October). Acute to chronic postoperative pain in children. Poster presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists 2010 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Batista, M., Fortier, M.A., Orozco, P., Ahn, J., & Kain, Z.N. (2010, October). Exploring the impact of ethnicity and language on parental perceptions of children’s pain. Poster presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists 2010 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Martin, S.R., Warren, K., Fortier, M.A., Morrison, D.E., & Kain, Z.N. (2010, October). Parental desire for perioperative information: The impact of ethnicity and language. Poster presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists 2010 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Wahi, A., Fortier, M.A., Maurer, E.L., Wang, S.M., & Kain, Z.N. (2010, October). Misconceptions about pain medication in parents of children with cancer. Poster presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists 2010 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Khan, S.Y., Fortier, M.A., Wang, S.M., Lin, S., & Kain, Z.N. (2010, October). Preoperative emotional reactivity as a predictor of emergence delirium in children undergoing anesthesia. Poster presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists 2010 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Harbeck-Weber, C., Wallace, D. P., Fortier, M. A., Whiteside, S. P.,& Fisher, J. L. (2009, November). The Parent Response to Pain Questionnaire: A measure of parental behaviors that impact functional disability in a pediatric chronic pain sample. Poster presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Del Rosario, A.M., Fortier, M.A., & Kain, Z.N. (2009, October). Predicting postoperative maladaptive behavioral change in children above and beyond the effect of pain. Poster presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists 2009 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Ratsiu, J., Weinberg, M., Fortier, M.A., Chorney, J.M., & Kain, Z.N. (2009, October). Therapeutic suggestion in children undergoing general anesthesia. Poster presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists 2009 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Fortier, M. A., MacLaren, J., Martin, S., & Kain, Z. N. (2009, May). Children’s pain at home following ambulatory surgery. Poster presented at the American Pain Society 28th Annual Scientific Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Fortier, M. A., Harbeck-Weber, C. S., Wallace, D. P., Whiteside, S., Wilder, R., & Harrison, T. (2008, November). A daily process approach to adolescents’ coping with chronic pain. Poster presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior & Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, Florida.

Fortier, M. A., Fisher, J. L., Harbeck-Weber, C. S., & Ehrlick, A. (2008, April). Assessment of maternal response to pain b