BS, MA(Clin), PhD, MAPS
I completed my PhD training in Clinical Psychology within the Health Psychology track at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, U.S.A. while working with Professor Beverly Thorn. I then completed my Clinical Psychology residency with a Behavioural Medicine and Neuropsychology focus at the University of Washington, School of Medicine, Seattle, U.S.A. I then undertook a post-doctoral research fellowship with Professor Mark Jensen and Professor Dawn Ehde that provided further specialty training in Pain Psychology, and was also completed at the University of Washington, within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. I am now an endorsed Clinical Psychologist in Australia and am the Director of Pain Research at the Brisbane Pain and Rehabilitation Service. Most recently, I was awarded an Early Career Fellowship grant by the Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) that commenced in January 2015, which I am completing within the School of Psychology here at The University of Queensland.
My program of research is primarily focused on implementing randomised controlled trials designed to evaluate the efficacy and mechanisms of cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness-based interventions for heterogeneous chronic pain conditions. My concurrent line of research aims to further our understanding of the experience of chronic pain, as well as advance our capacity to accurately assess its multidimensional nature.
I have a history of successful grant funding with my collaborators located within the U.S.A., Professors Beverly Thorn, Mark Jensen, and Dawn Ehde, and we have a number of completed and ongoing projects. Additionally, I was awarded an NHMRC ECF grant which I am currently in the process of starting up.
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My broad area of research expertise for honours thesis supervision is in the area of Clinical Psychology, and more specifically, in the area of pain (acute and chronic) assessment and management. I am interested in a cognitive-behavioural conceptualisation, with also a focus on the role of mindfulness and acceptance in the experience as well as management of pain.
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