Professor Michele Sterling

Professor & Whiplash Program Lead

RECOVER Injury Research Centre
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Honorary Professor

Centre for Advanced Imaging

Overview

Research of physical and psychological characteristics of whiplash and neck pain

Michele Sterling is Associate Director, Centre for National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD) and Director of the Rehabilitation (Medical and Allied Health) Research Program (CONROD). She is also Associate Professor in the Division of Physiotherapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the School of Medicine. Michele’s main focuses of research are: the physical and psychological factors underlying whiplash associated disorders; the prediction of outcome following whiplash injury, improving the timing and nature of interventions for whiplash and neck pain and the clinical translation of research findings to clinical practice. She has received over $4M in research funding and has published widely in the area of whiplash injury. She was awared a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award in 2005

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Physiotherapy, The University of Queensland
  • Postgrad Diploma Manips Physio, Curtin University
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Sterling, M. and Curatolo, M. (2015). Whiplash injury pain. In Musculoskeletal pain: basic mechanisms and implications (pp. 1-1) Washington, DC, United States: Wolters Kluwer Health Adis (ESP).

  • Sterling, Michele M. (2012). Pain, whiplash disorder and traffic safety. In Rhonda J. Moore (Ed.), Handbook of pain and palliative care: biobehavioural approaches for the life course (pp. 213-229) New York, USA: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-1651-8_15

  • Sterling, Michele, Rebbeck, Trudy and Kenardy, Justin (2011). Case descriptions. In Michele Sterling and Justin Kenardy (Ed.), Whiplash: Evidence base for clinical practice (pp. 180-186) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Sterling, Michele (2011). Clinical presentation of whiplash associated disorders. In Michele Sterling and Justin Kenardy (Ed.), Whiplash: Evidence base for clinical practice (pp. 9-15) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Sterling, Michele and Kenardy, Justin (2011). Future directions. In Michele Sterling and Justin Kenardy (Ed.), Whiplash: Evidence base for clinical practice (pp. 187-191) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Sterling, Michele and Vicenzino, Bill (2011). Pain and sensory system impairments that may be amenable to Mobilisation with Movement. In Mobilisation with Movement: The art and the science (pp. 86-92) Chatswood, N.S.W., Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Curatolo, Michele and Sterling, Michele (2011). Pain-processing mechanisms in whiplash associated disorders. In Michele Sterling and Justin Kenardy (Ed.), Whiplash: Evidence base for clinical practice (pp. 40-51) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Sterling, Michele and Kenardy, Justin (2011). Primary care management of acute whiplash injury. In Michele Sterling and Justin Kenardy (Ed.), Whiplash: Evidence base for clinical practice (pp. 108-119) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Sterling, Michele (2011). Prognostic indicators of non-recovery following whiplash injury. In Michele Sterling and Justin Kenardy (Ed.), Whiplash: Evidence base for clinical practice (pp. 101-107) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Sterling, Michele M. (2011). Whiplash associated disorders. In César Fernández de las Peñas, Joshua A. Cleland and Peter A. Huijbregts. (Ed.), Neck and Arm Pain Syndromes. Evidence-informed screening, diagnosis and management 1st ed. (pp. 112-122) Maryland Heights, MO, U.S.A.: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-7020-3528-9.00008-X

  • Sterling, Michele M. (2009). Pain, Transportation Issues and Whiplash. In Moore, Rhonda J. (Ed.), Biobehavioural Approaches to Pain 1ST ed. (pp. 447-471) USA: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-0-387-78323-9_18

  • Sterling, M.M. (2008). Factores fisicos y psicologicos implicados en el latigzo cervical. In Rafael Torres Cueco (Ed.), La Columna Cervical: Sindromes Clinicos y su Tratamiento Manipulative 2nd ed. (pp. 373-388) Spain: La Columna Panamericana de Fisioterapia.

  • Vicenzino, B., Souvlis, T. and Sterling, M. (2008). Neurophysiologic Effects of Spinal Manipulation. In Huijbregts, P. A., Fernadez-de-las-penas, C., Arendt-Nielsen, L. and Gerwin, R. D. (Ed.), Tension-Type and Cervicogenic Headache. Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management (pp. 213-220) United State of America: Jones and Bartlett.

  • Jull, G. A., Falla, D. L., Treleaven, J. M., Sterling, M. M. and O'Leary, S. P. (2004). A therapeutic exercise approach for cervical disorders. In J. Boyling and G. Jull (Ed.), Grieve's Modern Manual Therapy (pp. 451-470) Edinburgh, UK: Churchill Livingstone - Elsevier Science.

  • Sterling, M. M., Treleaven, J.M. and Jull, G. A. (2004). Mechanisms underlaying pain and dysfunction in whiplash associated disorders: Implications for physiotherapy management. In J. Boyling and G. Jull (Ed.), Grieve's Modern Manual Therapy (pp. 275-289) Edinburgh, UK: Churchill Livingstone - Elsevier Science.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Sterling, M. (2012). Processes underlying the transition to chronicity following whiplash injury. In: Special Issue: Abstracts for the RACP Future Directions in Health Congress 2012. RACP Future Directions in Health Congress 2012, Brisbane QLD, Australia, (27-27). 6-9 May 2012. doi:10.1111/j.1445-5994.2012.02783.x

  • Kenardy, Justin and Sterling, Michele (2010). Whiplash injury and posttraumatic stress: A analysis of the impact of compensation on recovery trajectories. In: Joost Dekker, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine: Abstracts from the 11th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine. ICBM 2010: 11th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC, U.S.A., (258-259). 4-7 August 2010. doi:10.1007/s12529-010-9106-9

  • Uthaikhup, S., Sterling, M. and Jull, G. (2008). Psychological, cognitive, and quality of life features in elders with headache. In: JOURNAL OF AGING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. 7th World Congress on Aging and Physical Activity, Tsukuba, Japan, (S93-S93). 26-29 July 2008.

  • Sterling, M. M. (2005). Balancing the 'bio' with the psychosocial in whiplash associated disorders. In: A. Moore and G. Jull, Manual Therapy: Conference Proceedings from the 2nd International Conference on Movement Dysfunction, Pain and Performance: Evidence and Effect. 2nd International Conference on Movement Dysfunction Pain and Performance: Evidence & Effect, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh, UK, (180-181). 23-25 September, 2005. doi:10.1016/j.math.2006.02.001

  • Sterling, M. M., Jull, G. A., Vicenzino, B.G.T. and Murison, R. (2002). The development of motor dysfunction following whiplash injury. In: 10th World Conference on Pain. 10th World Conference on Pain, San Diego, California, (172-172). 17th - 22nd August, 2002.

  • Sterling, M. M., Jull, G. A., Vicenzino, B.G.T. and Murison, R. (2002). Whiplash injury induced change in the pain system: Preliminary analysis of a prospective longitudinal psychophysical study. In: 10th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australisian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine AFRM (RACP). Rehabilitation: A Global Perspective, Sheraton, Brisbane, (43-44). 7-10 May, 2002.

  • Sterling, M. M., Treleaven, J. and Jull, G. A. (2001). Characterisation of chronic whiplash associated disorders. In: 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Pain Society. From Science to Practice, Cairns Convention Centre, (). 8-12 April, 2001.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision