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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.

Dr Rachel Elphinston

Senior Research Fellow | BSc (Hons), PhD

+61 7 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 Rachel Elphinston is a Senior Research Fellow at Recover Injury Research Centre, The University of Queensland. Her research is focused on psychological predictors of disability following injury, particularly when caused by motor vehicle accidents, and treatments that promote recovery, and health and psychological wellbeing. She is interested in perceptions of injustice and links to pain, distress, and prolonged disability, as well as recovery expectancies for people who experience chronic pain. Rachel is a Clinical Psychologist and has previously worked in clinical, teaching, and research roles with experience in the areas of paediatrics, mental health, psychology clinical education and training, clinical health psychology, social psychology, and organisational psychology. Rachel works closely with Dr Michael Sullivan to translate new findings into clinical practice and policy, and lead innovative solutions for people with injury and disability.

Rehabilitation Sciences Programme

Professor Michele Sterling

Program Leader Rehabilitation Sciences | PhD, Mphty, Bphty, Grad Dip Manip Physio, FACP

+61 7 5552 9771

Menzies Health Institute Queensland (G05), Room 3.22B, Gold Coast Campus

Griffith University, Parklands Drive, Southport QLD 4222

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.

Dr Samantha Bunzli

Research Fellow | BPhty, Honours Degree (Health Science), Postgrad Cert (Research Methodology), PhD

+61 7 3382 1337

Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Bldg. (L05) 4.64, Logan Campus

Griffith University, University Drive, Meadowbrook QLD 4131

Dr Bunzli is a registered physiotherapist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Research Excellence in Road Traffic Injury, Griffith University.

Dr Bunzli received her PhD in January 2016 from the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University. Her doctoral research was titled: “A prospective qualitative investigation of pain-related fear in people with chronic low back pain”.

Dr Bunzli is passionate about translating research into practice and helping to improve the physical and psychological wellbeing of people with persistent pain. She has a track record in research translation, having worked as lead qualitative investigator on two government-funded projects translating policy into practice to optimise the management of persistent pain in Australian primary care.

Most recently, Dr Bunzli has been conducting qualitative research at The University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery exploring patient outcomes and Orthopaedic Surgeons’ decision making in the field of joint replacement surgery.

Dr Bunzli has content expertise in cognitive behavioural models of persistent pain and theories of health behaviour; and has methodological expertise in qualitative research.

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 5552 8169

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

Griffith University, Parklands Drive, Southport QLD 4222

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.

Dr Daniel Harvie

Research Fellow | PhD

+61 7 5552 9774

Menzies Health Institute Queensland (G05), Room 3.22B, Gold Coast Campus

Griffith University, Parklands Drive, Southport QLD 4222

Dr Daniel Harvie has recently completed his PhD in the ‘Body in Mind’ research group at the University of South Australia (thesis still under examination!) under the guidance of Professor Lorimer Moseley. He has a clinical background including a master of musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy and has taught undergraduate and postgraduate Pain Sciences and undergraduate clinical reasoning over the past three years. His PhD investigated a new theoretical model outlining how chronic pain develops – the Imprecision Hypothesis.

At Recover he will be focusing on better understanding pain, in people who have had injuries such as car accidents, and using this improved understanding to develop new treatments.

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 5552 7707

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

Griffith University, Parklands Drive, Southport QLD 4222

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 3382 3616

Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Bldg. (L05) 4.15, Logan Campus

Griffith University, University Drive, Meadowbrook QLD 4131

Dr 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 15 years. In 2006, she completed a PhD at The University of Queensland; her doctoral work focused on the use of the N-of-1 trial methodology in clinical practice. Her research interests lie in advancing the science of N-of-1 trials and exploring the many applications of N-of-1 trials to maximise patient health outcomes. Dr Nikles’ findings have changed practice in regard to more targeted prescribing of chronic pain medications. Her work has been highly influential as reflected by her citation rate (average 21.8 citations per Scopus-listed article), which is twice the average for the N-of-1 trial field. Dr Nikles is the top author in the N-of-1 trial field, and in the last 5 full-time equivalent years she has published articles in top journals including European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, MJA and BMJ.

Dr Carrie Ritchie

Senior Research Fellow | PhD (Exercise Physiology)

+61 7 3382 1560

Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Bldg. (L05) Room 1.45, Logan Campus

Griffith University, University Drive, Meadowbrook QLD 4131

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

Viviana Silva

Senior Research Assistant/PhD Student | BPhty Hons

+61 7 5552 9822

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

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.

 

Dr Ashley Smith

Research Fellow | PT, Grad.Dip.Manip.(PT), PhD

+61 7 3382 1061

Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Bldg (L05) Room 4.64, Logan Campus

University Drive, Griffith University, Meadowbrook QLD 4222

Ashley is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (Recover), Griffith University. He is investigating the processes involved in the development of central pain mechanisms for those individuals injured in road traffic collisions.

He also has an extensive history as a physiotherapy clinician, with over 20 years of experience, primarily providing consultations for individuals with persistent spinal pain following motor vehicle trauma. He achieved the designation of Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Canada) in 2011 and was admitted as a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2001. Ashley is also certified through the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME).

Social & Behavioural Sciences Program

Professor Justin Kenardy

Deputy Director Recover Injury Research Centre | Program Leader Social & Behavioural Science Program | BScHons, PhD Qld, FAPS

+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

Professor Justin Kenardy is a leader in the field of paediatric psychology. In addition to theoretical innovation, he has derived new measures and interventions thereby establishing a system for understanding, detecting and treating psychological distress in children in the health care system. He is also a leader in the psychology of traumatic injury in adults. His work integrates the physical and psychological effects and treatment of injury as seen in Dunne et al, (2012). The clinical focus of his multidisciplinary work seeks solutions to practical issues. At the same time his approach is driven by theory and empirical grounding, especially through the use of clinical trials which established benchmarks in e-mental health treatment outcome research, international multisite trials, and panic disorder treatment; and through longitudinal methodology such as Le Brocque et al., (2010) which, through a novel approach to analysis, established a new model of traumatic stress reactions in injured children, and his analysis of the longitudinal impact of psychological debriefing post-disaster became a keystone for research in post-trauma prevention. His work is highly cited in traumatic stress, pain and injury, eating and weight disorders, and e-mental health. He is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and a recipient of the Ian Campbell Memorial Prize.

Erin Brown

PhD Candidate | BPsychSc (Hons)

+61 7 3069 7428

c/o Centre for Children’s Burns and Trauma Research (CCBTR), UQ-CHRC

Level 7, Centre for Children’s Health Research (CCHR) Building, 62 Graham Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Erin Brown is a PhD candidate, investigating the impact of parental distress on child’s recovery from a burns injury. She first joined Professor Justin Kenardy’s Social and Behavioural Science team at Recover in 2012, as a research assistant. Erin graduated B.PsySc with first class Honours. She is very involved with the UQ SuPPORT research project, investigating psychiatric comorbidity following a minor road traffic crash under the Queensland CTP program. Other research interests include how mental health and mother-child relationships are affected from experience in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and long-term consequences of TBI in children.

Academic & Research Interests

  • Psychological outcomes of children with traumatic brain injuries
  • Mental and physical health in adults following road traffic crash and work-related injury
  • Early attachment relationships.

Dr Shannon Edmed

Research Fellow | PhD

+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

Shannon Edmed completed her PhD in 2014 on the topic of recovery following mild traumatic brain injury. Shannon joined Recover Injury Research Centre as a Research Fellow in 2015 with the Social and Behavioural Science Program. Her research is focused on psychological recovery from injury in adults, with a particular interest in developing interventions to improve health outcomes after injuries sustained in road traffic crashes.

Academic & Research Interests:

Psychosocial factors in recovery from injury; sleep-wake behaviour after mild traumatic brain injury; recovery following mild traumatic brain injury.

Dr Katrina Moss

Research Officer | BSc (Hons), PhD

+61 7 3346 4787

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

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

Katrina Moss is a registered Psychologist with 20 years of experience in the government, community and university sectors. Katrina’s research focuses on the psychological sequelae following potentially traumatic experiences, and factors such as coping and social support that can aid recovery. Prior to moving to Recover, Katrina completed her PhD on the QF2011 Queensland Flood Study, working with women who were pregnant during the 2011 Queensland Flood to investigate the relationship between this prenatal stress and the subsequent development of their children.

Rebecca Paterson

PhD Candidate | BPsychSc(Hons), PGradDip(Professional Psychology), Assoc MAPS

+61 7 3069 7485

c/o Paediatric Critical Care Research Group (PCCRG), UQ-CHRC

Level 7, Centre for Children's Health Research (CCHR) Building, 62 Graham Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Rebecca is a Provisional Psychologist and PhD Candidate, and graduated BPsySc with first class Honours in 2012. She is involved in research aiming to help very young children and their families with coping following an accidental injury, and investigating the role of early intervention in reducing traumatic stress reactions.

Academic & Research Interests:

  • The role of traumatic stress responses in childhood neurocognitive development
  • Mental and physical health following traumatic brain injury
  • Family-based approaches to coping with traumatic stress responses in children

Dr Lake-Hui Quek

Research Officer | BPsySc(HonI) PhD (Clinical) MAPS

+61 7 3365 5247

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

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

Dr Hui Quek is a Clinical Psychologist experienced assessing and treating with children and adults across a range of psychological issues. Hui was awarded her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2009 for her research on the use of CBT to treat anxiety and depression with adolescents with Asperger’s syndrome. She worked on a number of clinical research project targeting help seeking behaviours among employees, treating alcohol and depression, developing and evaluating online psychological programs, delivering of mindfulness program to children and adolescents, evaluating community programs and use of administrative data in evaluating health outcomes. Academic and Research Interests: Mindfulness-integrated CBT, positive psychology, resilience, online psychology, and depression and anxiety disorders.

Dr Simon Smith

Senior Research Fellow | PhD

+61 7 3346 4890

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

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

Associate Professor Simon Smith is a clinical neuropsychologist with over 20-years’ experience as a clinician and clinical researcher, with previous appointments in Queensland Health, Commonwealth Health, and in private practice. Associate Professor Smith’s research is focused on the role of sleep, sleep disruption (including obstructive sleep apnoea and insomnia), and circadian rhythms, particularly as contributors to health and wellbeing. This work includes basic and applied studies, often with clinical populations, and with a particular focus on 24-hour sleep-wake activity. Prior to moving to Recover, he led the sleep health group at the Institute for Health & Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) at QUT, and co-led the Sleep in Early Childhood Research Group (SECRG) at the Centre for Children’s Health Research (CCHR).

Gillian Montague

Research Assistant

+61 7 3365 5560

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

Level 7, Centre for Children’s Health Research (LCCH), South Brisbane QLD 4101

Gillian Montague is currently completing her honours in psychology at the University of Queensland under the supervision of Professor Justin Kenardy. Gillian first joined Recover as a UQ summer research student at the end of 2014. Since completing this program, Gillian has been working as a research assistant, working in the area of psychosocial outcomes of children following injury.

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

Vocational and Community Rehabilitation Programme

Professor Heidi Zeeman

Program Leader Vocational & Community Rehabilitation | PhD MClinNeuro BBehSc(Hons)

+61 7 3382 1229

Menzies Health Institute Queensland, (L03) 2.43, Logan Campus

University Drive, Griffith University, Meadowbrook QLD 4222

Professor Heidi Zeeman (nee Muenchberger) is a Principal Research Fellow at the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University. She joined Recover in 2007 before becoming a Program Director in 2014. Dr Zeeman has worked in the area of Neuro-Rehabilitation for the past 17 years beginning her career as a clinical neuropsychologist. Her research is centred on the experiences of people who have experienced catastrophic injury and illness and the environments in which they live. She has engaged in multi-year evaluations of major public health programs in Australia over the past decade and outcomes of these evaluations have included workforce training programs, predictive models of health, guidelines for practice and tools for assessment. Dr Zeeman is a recipient of a number of competitive grants and research excellence awards over her academic career including a Fulbright Scholarship (2014), and Churchill Scholarship (2009). She is widely published in international journals and currently is writing a book on Neurological Conditions and the Built Environment.

Dr Kylie Burns

Senior Research Fellow/Lawyer | BA LLB (Hons) LLM PhD

+61 7 3735 3642

Griffith Law School (N61) 1.17

Nathan Campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Road Nathan QLD 4111

Dr Kylie Burns is a Senior Lecturer in the Griffith Law School and is also a member of the Recover Injury Research Centre. Her expertise is in the law of torts, personal injury law and compensation systems. She is the co-author of a leading torts textbook, Torts:Cases and Commentary. She was a practising personal injury solicitor prior to her academic career. She is well published in the area of personal injury law. Her current areas of research include the effectiveness of the National Injury Insurance scheme and the impact of lump sum dissipation on claimant outcomes.

Jason Bishara

Research Assistant

+61 7 3382 1191

Menzies Health Institute Queensland, (L03) 2.12J, Logan Campus

University Drive, Griffith University, Meadowbrook QLD 4222

TBA

Jacinta Colley

Research Assistant | BPsych(Hons)

+61 7 3382 1112

Menzies Health Institute Queensland, (L03) 2.12J, Logan Campus

University Drive, Griffith University, Meadowbrook QLD 4222

Jacinta Colley is a PhD candidate studying user experiences of rehabilitation settings for people following brain injury or spinal cord injury. She is interested in the interaction between people and place, in particular how environmental design can impact people working or recovering in these healthcare settings.  Jacinta has experience in research with people with complex conditions, such as brain injuries, in both hospital and community settings. She previously completed a Bachelor of Psychology with first class honours, and her thesis explored neuropsychological functioning, attitudes and experiences of money management of people several years after traumatic brain injury.

Dr Ros Harrington

Adjunct Research Fellow | PhD

+61 7 3382 1464

Menzies Health Institute Queensland, (L05) 4.64, Logan Campus

University Drive, Griffith University, Meadowbrook QLD 4222

Dr Rosamund Harrington, has a long track record working as an occupational therapist in brain injury rehabilitation and mental health services. She is a founding member and current convenor of the Quarterly Brain Injury Services Meeting (QBISM) group which brings together brain injury service providers from across public, private and NGO sector services in Brisbane.  In 2014, she commenced  working as a Senior Research Fellow at Griffith University. Dr Harrington was awarded a UQ  2013 Deans Commendation for Research Higher Degree Excellence for her PhD thesis Motor Accident Insurance Scheme Design and Pathways after Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Her thesis involved an interstate research project. Dr Harrington’s research draws on ecological systems theory to explore the complex interaction between injury insurance scheme design, brain injury service system capacity and individual experiences of pathways, outcomes and choice after motor vehicle accident (MVA) acquired severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI).

Ali Lakhani

Post-doctoral Fellow | BBA, MA, MES, PhD Candidate

+61 7 3382 1321

Menzies Health Institute Queensland, (L03) 2.12B, Logan Campus

University Drive, Griffith University, Meadowbrook QLD 4222

Ali Lakhani is a Post-Doctorate Fellow with Griffith University and Synapse and his research focuses on self-directed policy for persons with a disability, integrated practice for early child development and care, and culturally appropriate research methods. He has over 4 years experience working within community based participatory research projects that focus on health promotion and education.  He has previously worked as a Research Fellow on a project investigating how people with complex health conditions intend to organise their health and social supports under the NDIS. Additionally, as a Senior Research Assistant he worked on (i) a project that investigated the relationship between music participation, and the health and wellbeing and quality of life for Aboriginal persons residing in the Northern Territory and (ii) a project that investigated the impact of music participation on the health and wellbeing for refugees and asylum seekers residing in South-East Queensland.

Dr Donna McDonald

Senior Research Fellow | PhD

+61 7 3382 1176

Menzies Health Institute Queensland, (L03) 2.44, Logan Campus

University Drive, Griffith University, Meadowbrook QLD 4222

Dr Donna McDonald is Senior Research Fellow and Convenor of Disability Studies in the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University. She is currently leading an NDIS Readiness Research Partnership with Endeavour Foundation which aims to get an improved understanding of Endeavour Foundation clients’ lived experiences of disability service delivery before and after the NDIS.  Donna has extensive policy networks, developed throughout her 30-year career in public policy as a social worker, policy adviser and writer working at federal, state and local government levels in Australia and England. Donna’s book, The Art of Being Deaf: a memoir, was published by Gallaudet University Press, Washington, in March 2014.

Courtney Wright

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

+61 7 3382 1112

Menzies Health Institute Queensland, (L03) 2.12B, Logan Campus

University Drive, Griffith University, Meadowbrook QLD 4222

Courtney Wright is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow, jointly appointed by Griffith University (Menzies Health Institute Queensland) and Synapse Queensland. She joined Recover Injury Research Centre in 2012 as a PhD Candidate. Her recently completed PhD thesis sought to understand what people with neurological disability want from their homes and communities, so that housing can be better designed to meet people’s needs. Courtney’s PhD research has informed policy around the National Injury Insurance Scheme in Queensland, practice guidelines for inclusive housing, and two Commonwealth Government Inquiry submissions. Her PhD work has been widely published in international journals, and has been presented at three national conferences. Courtney has also recently received significant funding with industry partners for the development of an innovative mobile platform (based on her PhD findings) that has implications for roughly 1.4 million Australians with severe/profound disability requiring daily support (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012).

The research projects Courtney is currently involved in continue to focus on understanding the housing priorities and preferences of people with neurological disability, as well as professional stakeholders (e.g., architects, developers, Government housing services, NGO support services etc.), so that the public and private housing market can better respond to consumer needs whilst simultaneously achieving key corporate objectives. Courtney is also involved in a multi-State point-prevalence study to ascertain the level of neurocognitive disability amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Although an avid researcher, Courtney also volunteers at several Queensland-based advocacy and support organisations for people with disability.

David Watling

Research Assistant

+61 7 3382 1191

Menzies Health Institute Queensland, (L03) 2.12J, Logan Campus

University Drive, Griffith University, Meadowbrook QLD 4222

TBA

Operations and Administration

Emily Anderson

Senior Marketing and Media Relations Advisor | BA, Grad Dip Communications

+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

Emily Anderson has over 20 years’ experience working in marketing, public relations and communications. She first started her career working in advertising in Sydney, where she promoted a variety of national clients, including Qantas, Telstra and MLC. After moving to Brisbane, Emily worked as Marketing and Communications Manager for Growcom, promoting a variety of fresh produce nationally, including Australian Bananas “Make Those Bodies Sing”. More recently, Emily worked for Ergon Energy and Street Swags (an Australian charity which provides swags to people experiencing homelessness). As Communications and Public Relations Officer for Recover, Emily is responsible for the marketing and promotion of Recover and its research.

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 Bell (formerly Mackenzie) was appointed as the Knowledge Translation Officer for the Recover Injury Research Centre in December 2015. Alison has considerable experience with research translation working with policy partners in the Australian Defence Force and the Veterans’ Affairs rehabilitation sector as well as more recently with Queensland Health. Alison’s key responsibility will be to manage the development and implementation of a suite of translation plans for all of Recover’s research projects. To do this she will work closely with the Research Program Directors and Recover’s major funder – the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC).

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.

Jacelle Warren

Statistician | MSc (Statistics), BSc (Psych) (Hons)

+61 7 3346 4891

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland

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

Jacelle Warren (née Lang) commenced with Recover in January 2003. Her current role primarily involves data analysis support and undertaking research on the outcomes of Queenslanders injured in road traffic crashes. Jacelle previously worked as a research fellow within the Acute Trauma Care Programme of Recover from January 2011 to June 2013 and as a research officer at the Queensland Trauma Registry (QTR) from January 2003 to September 2010. Jacelle also assisted in the management of the QTR from January 2007 until September 2008. Jacelle has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in the field of Psychology and a Master of Science in the field of Biostatistics, both from The University of Queensland.

Michelle Weinberg

Administrative Assistant | Dip Management, Cert IV in Accounting

+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

Michelle Weinberg commenced with Recover in June 2016 as the Administrative Assistant.  Michelle provides office support to the whole Recover team.  Michelle has a broad range of Administration skills and experience including Finance, Payroll, Human Resources and EA/Secretary work.  Prior to Recover she was working with Brisbane Marine Pilots, the sole Pilotage provider for the Port of Brisbane, for over 7 years as an Admin/Accounts/Payroll Officer.  Prior to BMP, Michelle worked as a Legal Secretary for McLaughlin Ivey Lawyers and provided all secretarial work for the Criminal Lawyer.

Vivienne Hughes

Manager

+61 7 5552 9823

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

Griffith University, Parklands Drive, Southport QLD 4222

Vivienne Hughes has been working at Griffith University since 1997 commencing in the School of Health Science. She has held positions in the Nursing Faculty, Genomics Research Centre, Nutrition and Dietetics, Griffith Health Institute (now the Menzies Health Institute Queensland) and has been the Sponsorship Coordinator for the annual Gold Coast Health and Medical Research Conference since 2012. Vivienne is the Manager of the Centre for Research Excellence in Road Traffic Injury and has an extensive knowledge of Griffith University administrative procedures and protocol gained from her many years of experience.

Macarla Kerr

Research Support Officer | BBus

+61 7 3382 1295

Menzies Health Institute Queensland, (L03) 2.43, Logan Campus

University Drive, Griffith University, Meadowbrook QLD 4222

Macarla Kerr has over 10 years experience working in human resources, people management and performance, communication and marketing. She comes from a mining background, working with MacMahon Contractors, WorleyParsons and the BG Group/QGC. Macarla is responsible for providing research and project support to the team, facilitating and managing events and marketing , as well as project accounting.

Stephanie Prout

Research Administration and Development Manager | BSc (Hons)

+61 7 3382 1106

Menzies Health Institute Queensland, (L03) 2.15B, Logan Campus

University Drive, Griffith University, Meadowbrook QLD 4222

Stephanie Prout has been working as a Research Administration and Development Manager for the last 16 years.
She works closely with researchers, academics and industry partners to foster and coordinate the planning, development
and implementation of research capacity building programs for staff and their partnerships. She also
manages research support staff to build the career of all staff via direct assistance with editing, formatting,
referencing and submission of manuscripts, assistance and management of all submissions to ACGS, and other
competitive research funding sources, and to oversee and monitor the research process of all current projects.

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