Geraldine Martorella

Associate Professor, Co-Director of Brain Science & Symptom Management Center
Research Areas
Pain, Psychosocial Risk Factors, Non-Pharmacological Intervention, Mindfulness, CBT, CAM, Self-Management
Geraldine Martorella

Contact Information

(850) 644-6028
(850) 644-7660
SCN 104F

Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of innovative and patient-centered nursing interventions for the management of pain and the prevention of chronic pain. Dr. Martorella conducts research on the effects of Web-based and tailored educational interventions facilitating the self-management of postoperative pain. Using experimental and mixed method designs, she has been targeting psychosocial factors of pain. Her interventions include the utilization of information technologies, and complementary and alternative therapies, such as massage.


BSN, University of Montreal
MSN, University of Montreal
PhD, University of Montreal


Postdoctoral training 2012-2013, McGill University


Florida Board of Nursing
Ordre des infirmieres et infirmiers du Quebec (Canada)


Postdoctoral award, Quebec Network on Nursing Intervention Research (RRISIQ) (2012-2013). ($75,000).

Translation Research Award, Canadian Pain Society (2011). ($2,000). Project: Web-based intervention for pain management after cardiac surgery: A pilot RCT.


Martorella, G. (2019). Characteristics of non-pharmacological interventions for pain in the intensive care unit: A scoping review. AACN-Advanced Critical Care, 30(4), 388-397.

Martorella, G., Kostic, M., Lacasse, A., Schluck, G., & Abbott, L. (2019). Knowledge, beliefs and attitudes of emergency nurses toward people with chronic pain. SAGE Open Nursing, 5, 1-10. Retrieved from doi:10.1177/2377960819871805

Boitor, M., Martorella, G., Laizner, A., Maheux, C., & Gelinas, C. (2018). Effects of Massage in Reducing the Pain and Anxiety of the Cardiac Surgery Critically Ill- A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pain Medicine, ahead of print, ahead of print. Retrieved from doi:10.1093/pm/pny055

Martorella, G., Boitor, M., Berube, M., Fredericks, S., Le May, S., & Gelinas, C. (2017). Effect of tailored Web-based interventions on pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis. JMIR, 19(11), e385. Retrieved from

Martorella, G., Gelinas, C., & Purden, M. (2014). Acceptability of a web-based and tailored intervention for the self-management of pain after cardiac surgery: the perception of women and men. JMIR Research Protocols, 3(4), e63. doi:doi: 10.2196/resprot.3175

Martorella, G., Boitor, M., Michaud, C., & Gelinas, C. (2014). Feasibility and acceptability of hand massage therapy for pain management of postoperative cardiac surgery patients in the intensive care unit. Heart and Lung, 43(5), 437-44. doi:doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2014.06.047

Martorella, G., Cote, J., & Choiniere, M. (2013). SOULAGE-TAVIE: Development and validation of a virtual nursing intervention to promote self-management of postoperative pain after cardiac surgery. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 31(4), 189-97. doi:doi: 10.1097/NXN.0b013e3182812d69

Martorella, G., Cote, J., Racine, M., & Choiniere, M. (2012). Web-based nursing intervention for self-management of pain after cardiac surgery: pilot randomized controlled trial. JMIR, 14(6), e177. doi:doi: 10.2196/jmir.2070

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