Dr Rachel Elphinston

Research Fellow

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 334 69643


Dr Rachel Elphinston is a Clinical Psychologist, early career researcher and current Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research funded Research Fellow at The University of Queensland. Her research interests focus on the psychological risk factors for pain and disability following injury and comorbid substance misuse. She has designed and implemented research projects in the area of pain and injury and is currently leading a RCT with Professor Hides to examine the effectiveness of QuikFix, a brief psychological risk-targeted telehealth intervention for young people with alcohol or other drug-related injury or illness. Dr Elphinston has a current appointment with Addiction and Mental Health Services in Metro South Health and has experience in working in multidisciplinary clinical and research teams to translate research into practice and design and implement new models of care. She also has experience in delivering edcuation and training to a wide range of health professionals and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Research Interests

  • Substance use and related harm
    Translating brief interventions for young people at risk of future substance-related injury and harm into practice; designing and evaluating the impact of models of care for young people and adults at risk of substance use and related harm, and understanding the mechanisms of substance-related injury and pain symptoms.
  • Chronic pain and substance use
    Designing and testing best practice assessment and treatment interventions for chronic pain and comorbid opioid use and misuse, and evaluating the impact of recent changes to access to medicines containing codeine on health services and outcomes, as well as patient and health professional perspectives.
  • Facebook intrusion
    Understanding the psychosocial factors associated with Facebook intrusion or addictive tendencies towards Facebook, and the relationship with substance use.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Hon), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland


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