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Improving the delivery and availability of evidence-based services

Professor Deborah Theodoros

Director Recover Injury Research Centre | Programme Leader "Improving the delivery and availability of evidence-based services" | BSpThyHons PhD

+61 7 3365 5344

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Professor Deborah Theodoros is the Director of the Recover Injury Research Centre and the Leader of the “Improving the delivery and availability of evidence-based services” theme. She is a Professor of Speech Pathology, and Co-director of the Centre for Research in Telerehabilitation, and the Telerehabilitation Clinic within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland. Her main areas of research include: the development and evaluation of telerehabilitation applications for the delivery of allied health services into the community, implementation of telerehabilitation into mainstream practice, and the development and evaluation of interventions for motor speech disorders following brain injury. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and is a regular editorial consultant on several international journals in the fields of speech pathology and telehealth. She has been awarded several NHMRC Project grants in telerehabilitation and is a chief investigator in a Centre for Research Excellence in Telehealth at the University of Queensland.

Dr Louise Cahill

Research Fellow | BSpThy, PhD

+61 7 3346 4821

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Dr Louise Cahill is a Research Fellow who joined the RECOVER Injury Research Centre in 2018. Louise is a speech pathologist with extensive experience in clinical, teaching, and research roles. She was awarded her PhD in the area of motor speech disorders in children following traumatic brain injury in 2003, and has worked in the area of brain injury rehabilitation. Louise is working with both Professor Deborah Theodoros in the “Improving the delivery and availability of evidence-based services” programme and Associate Professor Venerina Johnston in the “Facilitating return to pre-injury functioning” programme.

Ms Atiyeh Vaezipour

Research Fellow | BEng (Computer Science), MSc (Science in Informatics- Information Engineering and Management)

+61 7 3346 4824

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Atiyeh Vaezipour is a Research Fellow at RECOVER Injury Research Centre, at the University of Queensland. She is part of a research team, led by Professor Deborah Theodoros, working on the development and evaluation of innovative telerehabilitation technology solutions to improve the delivery and availability of evidence-based health services. Atiyeh has a special interest in human-centred design and designing technologies that are both useful and accepted by end-users. She is also a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI).

Atiyeh’s background is in information technology and computer science, and in particular, human computer interaction in health and road safety research settings. As a part of her doctoral research, she was involved in a multidisciplinary Australian Research Council Discovery Grant project at the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q), at the Queensland University of Technology, and led by Professor Andry Rakotonirainy. Her research involved the design, development and evaluation of technology interventions to reduce fuel consumption and improve safe driving to reduce the impacts on human health associated with pollution and road trauma. She is skilled in both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Dr Kylie Wall

Research Fellow | B Speech Pathology |Post-grad Certificate in Clinical Rehab|Hons Health Sciences | Post-grad Certificate in Business Admin | PhD

+61 7 3346 4823

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Dr Kylie Wall joined the RECOVER Injury Research Centre as a Postdoctoral Researcher in 2018. Her main research interest involves using technology, particularly virtual reality, to improve functional outcomes for adults with acquired brain injuries. Kylie also has an interest in data analytics, where she works with a physicist to apply machine learning methods to advance the reporting of telehealth data.

Kylie also has extensive experience as a clinical Speech Pathologist working in adult neurosciences. She is a member of the Statewide Rehabilitation Clinical Network Steering Committee in Queensland and a member of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee.

Dr Brooke-Mai Whelan

Research Fellow (part-time) | Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons) I PhD

+61 3346 4785

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Dr Brooke-Mai Whelan is an experienced certified practicing Speech Pathologist with clinical, teaching, and research expertise in the area of adult neurogenic communication disorders. Brooke-Mai was awarded her PhD in 2003 from the University of Queensland. She has received numerous awards for her research, including a Dean’s Commendation for Outstanding Higher Degree Thesis, and a University of Queensland Excellence in Research Award. In addition, she has attracted a significant amount of competitive funding to investigate the neurophysiological substrates underpinning speech and language disorders in adult neurological populations. She comes to RECOVER as a Research Fellow from Bond University, where she worked in 2017 as part of a collaborative ARC research initiative between engineering, speech pathology, occupational therapy and interaction design, within the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture, and Information Technology at the University of Queensland. In this role, she was involved in the development of SMART communication technology to support conversational breakdown in people with dementia. Brooke-Mai will be dedicated to the Improving the delivery and availability of evidence-based services research program within the Recover Injury Research Centre, designing and evaluating telerehabilitation-based interventions for adults with communication disorders following motor vehicle crashes.

Designing better therapies

Professor Michele Sterling

Programme Leader "Designing better therapies" | PhD, Mphty, Bphty, Grad Dip Manip Physio, FACP

+61 7 3346 4793

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Professor Michele Sterling is the Program Leader of the Rehabilitation Sciences Program at Recover Injury Research Centre. She is Professor in the Centre of Musculoskeletal Research and the School of Allied Health at Griffith University, and a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow. She has a discipline background as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. Her main focuses of research are: the physiological and psychological factors underlying musculoskeletal pain and injury; the prediction of outcome following whiplash injury and the clinical translation of research findings to clinical practice. She is a member of the Editorial Board of PLos One and is Associate Editor of the European Journal of Physiotherapy. Professor Sterling is Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Australian Pain Society. She has received numerous awards for her research including the University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence award in 2005.

Joan Carlisle

Research Assistant

+61 7 5552 9824

Menzies Health Institute Queensland (G05), Room:3.20C, Gold Coast Campus

Griffith University, Parklands Drive, Southport QLD 4222

Joan has been working for the Genomics Research Centre at Griffith University for almost five years, initially entering data for the Norfolk Island Trial then the Migraine Clinical Trial, the Elderberry Trial and has been working for the past two years on the Breast Cancer Trial. She has also worked in the Diagnostics Team receiving blood samples, processing data and maintaining databases. Joan has now joined Professor Michele Sterling to work on whiplash projects.

Dr Scott Farrell

Research Fellow | BPhty (Hons), PhD

+61 7 3346 4791

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Dr Scott Farrell joined Recover in 2016 as a Research Fellow, after completing a PhD in Physiotherapy at The University of Newcastle. His research investigates peripheral musculoskeletal and neurological contributors to chronic neck pain, with a particular focus on whiplash associated disorder. He has a clinical background as a physiotherapist and postgraduate training in anatomical dissection, immunohistochemistry and magnetic resonance imaging. Dr Farrell has taught into medical, physiotherapy, allied health and science programs at The University of Newcastle, and serves as a reviewer for medical and physiotherapy journals.

Joan Kelly

PhD Student | Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) Honours, Graduate Certificate Health and Human Services

+61 7 5552 8354

Menzies Health Institute Queensland (G.05), Room 3.20H, Gold Coast Campus

Griffith University, Parklands Drive, Southport QLD 4222

Joan completed her BSc (Phty) with first class honours in 2009 and has extensive experience as a clinician managing musculoskeletal conditions in both acute hospital and outpatient settings in Australia, New Zealand and Tanzania. In 2012 she completed a Grad Cert in Health and Human Services and in 2013 joined the Population Unit of Menzies Research Institute of Tasmania to investigate physical activity levels in older people with diabetes. Joan joined the Recover team in April 2015 and will be working on a study developing a clinical pathway for whiplash associated disorders.

Academic & Research Interests:

  • Prognosis and treatment of whiplash associated disorders
  • Translating research into clinical practice
  • Health service economic impacts

Subaat Khan

Research Assistant | Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Hons) graduate

+61 7 5552 9772

Menzies Health Institute Queensland (G.05), Room 3.20G, Gold Coast Campus

Griffith University, Parklands Drive, Southport QLD 4222

Subaat Khan is a Griffith University Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Hons) graduate. She worked on her Honours project with Professor Michele Sterling and Dr Scott Farrell at the Recover Injury Research Centre in Menzies Health Institute Queensland, investigating peripheral anatomical contributors to whiplash neck pain. Currently, Subaat is working on a clinical trial with Professor Sterling and Dr. Jane Nikles. Subaat’s research interests include pathophysiological processes underlying disease and their incorporation into the clinical setting. Subaat’s long term aim is to undertake further medical research training to embark upon a career in clinical research.

Tania Manning

Research Assistant | IMBA, BEd

+61 7 5552 9773

Menzies Health Institute Queensland (G05), Room: 3.20C, Gold Coast Campus

Griffith University, Parklands Drive, Southport QLD 4222

Tania Manning commenced work as a Research Assistant in 2014 within the Rehabilitation Sciences Program working with Professor Michele Sterling on whiplash projects. She joined Griffith University in 2012 working within the Genomics Research Centre as a Clinical Trial/Data Entry Assistant on the Lymphoma, Migraine and Breast Cancer Clinical Trials. Tania has an extensive administrative background, with prior experience in a diverse range of industries including environmental science/engineering, IT, government, education and accounting/auditing.

Dr Annick Maujean

Research Fellow | B Psych (Hons), PhD

+61 7 3346 4823

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Dr Annick Maujean joined Recover in 2010 and is a Research Fellow at the Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University. Dr Maujean is a registered psychologist who completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology in May 2011. Her research has focused on contributing to knowledge about how to engage youths who have disengaged from school and/or the community and her research has now specialized in the role of non-traditional interventions (i.e. using non-clinic mechanisms as therapeutic tools). Annick’s other research interest is in the stroke area, particularly individuals’ psychological adjustment post-stroke and the relationship between self-efficacy and well-being in long-term stroke survivors.

Academic & Research Interests:

  • Chronic health
  • Stroke
  • Stroke support carers
  • Adolescent health
  • Preventive health

Dr Jane Nikles

Senior Research Fellow | PhD, MBBS

+61 7 3346 4821

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Associate Professor Jane Nikles is a registered medical practitioner who has conducted research at The University of Queensland in the field of N-of-1 trials for over 25 years. She brings substantial experience and internationally recognised expertise in conducting N-of-1 trials, being a leader in this innovative field nationally and internationally. She was a key player in the establishment of the first N-of-1 trial Unit in Australia, and has a PhD in this area. In the N-of-1 trials field, she has the highest number of peer-reviewed articles, and is the most highly cited author. Additionally, she is building a reputation in research on whiplash and other musculoskeletal pain after road traffic crashes at RECOVER Injury Research Centre, UQ, where she has an interest in the treatment of acute and chronic whiplash, preventing the progression of acute to chronic whiplash, and the application of N-of-1 trials in recovery from whiplash injury. She has several projects ongoing in the areas of GP management of whiplash and the emergency department management of acute whiplash injury.  She also has expertise in standard RCTs, and is currently conducting an RCT on pregabalin for acute whiplash (Trials 2018). She regularly engages with GPs and PHNs in her clinical trials work. She has skills in building research networks and general practice research, in which she has won several grants.  She has published on the management of whiplash in general practice (BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017).  She is currently applying her N-of-1 trial and clinical trial expertise to musculoskeletal pain after road traffic crashes to expand the evidence base for medications in these conditions.

Dr Carrie Ritchie

Senior Research Fellow | PhD (Exercise Physiology)

+61 7 3346 4781

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Dr Carrie Ritchie commenced work as a Senior Research Fellow with the Whiplash Research Unit within the Rehabilitation Sciences Program at Recover in 2011. She is working with Professor Michele Sterling on several projects including the derivation and validation of a clinical screening tool to assist with the prediction of recovery pathways following an acute whiplash injury. Carrie has a PhD in Exercise Physiology, and both practical and investigative experience in teaching and learning across the health sciences.

Academic and Research Interests:

  • Prognosis and treatment of whiplash associated disorders
  • Exercise and physical activity to optimise well-being
  • Student learning in the health sciences

Ms Sarah Robins

Senior Research Assistant | B Phty

+61 7 3346 4812

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Sarah completed her BPhty in 1995 at The University of Queensland and has extensive experience as a musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. In 2015 Sarah moved into managing research clinical trials, working with Dr Anna Hatton at The University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology (looking at the effect of textured shoe insoles on the balance and walking in people with Multiple Sclerosis). She joined the RECOVER team in November 2017 and will be working with Professor Michele Sterling managing the Whiplash ImPaCt study, as well as coordinating activities for the CRE in Recovery Following Road Traffic Injuries.  Sarah also works part time as a Clinical Pilates Physiotherapist (and loves to keep active by cycling, swimming and running).

Viviana Silva

Senior Research Assistant/PhD Student | BPhty Hons

+61 7 5552 9822

Menzies Health Institute Queensland

Griffith University, Parklands Drive, Southport QLD 4222

Viviana completed her BPhty Hons at The National University of Colombia in 2000 and she has been in Australia for 5 years. Viviana joined Recover in February 2015 and she has over ten years’ experience as a clinician working with in musculoskeletal, orthopedics and cardiopulmonary areas in different hospitals in Bogota, Colombia. Over the last two years she managed a variety of clinical trials projects working with Prof Peter Ebelingat at The Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS), The University of Melbourne. Whilst at Recover, she will be working with Prof Michele Sterling on a chronic whiplash study.

 

Ms Jacelle Warren

Senior Statistician | Biostatistician | BSc (Hons), MSc

+61 7 3346 5287

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Jacelle has worked across various teams and projects within RECOVER since 2003. She has primarily analysed large injury datasets, both cross sectional and longitudinal, and has a particular interest in the physical and psychological recovery of injured people.  She is currently working as a biostatistician with Professor Michele Sterling and her team on several projects including the epidemiological analysis of health service, pharmaceutical and specialised imaging use in whiplash injured individuals. Jacelle has a Master of Science in the field of Biostatistics.

Facilitating return to pre-injury functioning

Associate Professor Venerina Johnston

Programme Leader "Facilitating return to pre-injury functioning" | PhD B Phty(Hons); Grad Cert OHS; Diploma Work Disability Prevention

+61 7 3346 4859

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Dr Venerina Johnston is a researcher and Associate Professor in Physiotherapy at The University of Queensland. She has qualifications in physiotherapy, occupational health and safety and work disability prevention. Her research interests are in the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal problems and the prevention of work disability following a musculoskeletal injury. Venerina has a rich background in occupational rehabilitation and injury management from the perspective of the insurer, provider and employer.

Dr Louise Cahill

Research Fellow (part-time) | BSpThy, PhD

+61 7 3346 4821

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Dr Louise Cahill is a Research Fellow who joined the RECOVER Injury Research Centre in 2018. Louise is a speech pathologist with extensive experience in clinical, teaching, and research roles. She was awarded her PhD in the area of motor speech disorders in children following traumatic brain injury in 2003, and has worked in the area of brain injury rehabilitation. Louise is working with both Professor Deborah Theodoros in the “Improving the delivery and availability of evidence-based services” programme and Associate Professor Venerina Johnston in the “Facilitating return to pre-injury functioning” programme.

Dr Elise Gane

Research Fellow | BPhty(Hons), PhD

+61 7 3346 4826

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Dr Elise Gane joined RECOVER in 2018 as a post-doctoral research fellow shortly after completing her PhD with The University of Queensland. She has clinical experience as a physiotherapist treating acute medical/surgical inpatients and outpatients with musculoskeletal conditions in a tertiary public hospital. Elise’s PhD was in the area of musculoskeletal disability and recovery after surgery for head and neck cancer. She has a particular interest in recovery trajectories following injury, and in understanding how interventions might change an individual’s risk of having a poor outcome. Within RECOVER, Elise is conducting research to better understand the difficulties individuals face in returning to work with an injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Dr Esther Smits

Research Fellow | Human Movement Scientist (BSc/MSc) | PhD

+61 7 3346 4838

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Dr Esther Smits joined RECOVER in 2018 as a post-doctoral research fellow. She has a background in Human Movement and Health sciences with experience in quantitative movement analysis and ambulatory monitoring methods. She is interested in using these methods to better understand how people recover from accidents and pre-injury functioning, and improve related health care services and treatment programs. In her previous position at the CCRE Spine at UQ she managed a longitudinal project regarding physical activity, sleep and low back pain. Prior to working at the CCRE Spine, Esther completed her PhD project on the development and validation of a newly engineered medical device to aid in diagnosing and monitoring neurological movement disorders. She received her PhD degree in 2016 from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Pain Research Programme

Professor Michael Sullivan

Honorary Professor | Pain Program | PhD

+61 7 3365 5560

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Professor Michael Sullivan is an Honorary Professor at Recover Injury Research Centre. He previously held a Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Health at McGill University in Canada. Professor Sullivan has published over 175 scientific papers, 22 chapters, and 5 books. In 2011, Professor Sullivan received the Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession. Professor Sullivan completed his undergraduate training at McGill University and his graduate training at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Professor Sullivan’s research focuses primarily on the identification of risk factors for problematic recovery following injury, and the development of risk-targeted rehabilitation interventions. Professor Sullivan developed the Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS) in 1995. The PCS has been used in more than 700 scientific studies, it has been translated into 24 languages and is currently the most widely used measure of catastrophic thinking related to pain. Other measures developed by Professor Sullivan include the Injustice Experiences Questionnaire (IEQ) and the Perceived Deficits Questionnaire (PDQ). Professor Sullivan also developed the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP); the first community-based intervention program designed specifically to target psychosocial risk factors for pain-related disability. He has lectured nationally and internationally on the social and behavioral determinants of pain-related disability. Dr Sullivan has acted as consultant to governmental organizations, injurers and the military on issues related to the management of debilitating health and mental health conditions.

Operations and Administration

Alison Bell

Knowledge Translation Officer | BA, MPH

+61 7 3346 4783

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Alison works closely with the Director to build Knowledge Translation (KT) capacity within RECOVER. The role includes supporting researchers to maximise the impact of their research as well as raising knowledge users’ awareness of RECOVER’s research findings and facilitating the use of those findings.  In the motor vehicle injury environment knowledge users include the injured public, CTP insurers, policy makers and health professionals. Alison has a Master of Public Health and a background in health research project management.

Alison Freriks

Senior Operations Manager

+61 7 3346 4763

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Alison Freriks commenced with RECOVER Injury Research Centre early May 2016 as the Senior Operations Manager.  Alison has been employed by the University of Queensland since 2008 in various roles across the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, before joining RECOVER.  Alison has over 20 years’ experience in finance with roles including Area Manager, Bookkeeper, Business Manager and Finance Officer. As Senior Operations Manager, Alison is responsible for providing efficient and effective day-to-day management of the resources of RECOVER, including but not limited to Finance, Human Resources and Facilities Management.

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

+61 7 3365 5560

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

PHD Students

Viktoria Vibhakar

PhD Candidate | L.C.S.W. (LCS18730)

+61 7 3365 5560

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, UQ Oral Health Centre, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006

Viktoria Vibhakar is a Licensed Clinical Social worker in California, USA and a social worker accredited with the Australian Association of Social Workers. She has over 20 years of professional experience in child mental health, policy, and academic settings. She is currently a visiting scholar at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. Her research focuses on child mental health after exposure to trauma

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