Dr Melissa Day

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psy

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 56421


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 joined UQ in January 2015 to commence an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship which entails conducting a randomized controlled trial comparing the effects and mechanisms of mindfulness meditation, cognitive therapy and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for chronic low back pain.

Research Interests

  • Chronic pain
    Assessment and management of chronic pain
  • Pain
    Understanding the mechanisms of pain and its relief
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
    Efficacy and mechanisms for chronic pain management
  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
    Efficacy and mechanisms for chronic pain management


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Alabama.
  • Master of Arts, Alabama.
  • Bachelor of Science, Alabama.


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Book Chapter

  • Day, Melissa A. and Thorn, Beverly E. (2019). Group therapy for chronic pain. In Jane C. Ballantyne, Scott M. Fishman and James P. Rathmell (Ed.), Bonica’s management of pain 5th ed. (pp. 1439-1469) Philadelphia, PA, United States: Wolfers Kluwer.

  • Day, Melissa (2017). Pain and its optimal management. In Health psychology in Australia (pp. 261-281) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

  • Day, Melissa A. (2016). The application of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for chronic pain. In Stuart J. Eisendrath (Ed.), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy: innovative applications (pp. 65-74) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-29866-5_6

  • Day, Melissa A., Eyer, Joshua C. and Thorn, Beverly E. (2014). Therapeutic Relaxation. In Stefan G. Hofmann (Ed.), The Wiley handbook of cognitive behavioral therapy. 1 (pp. 157-180) Chichester, W Sussex, England: Wiley-Blackwell.

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