Dr Rachel Elphinston

Senior Research Fellow

RECOVER Injury Research Centre
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Affiliate Senior Fellow

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
rachelel@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 64823

Overview

Dr Rachel Elphinston Senior Research Fellow at Recover Injury Research Centre at The University of Queensland and clinical psychologist with more than a decade of industry-related experience. Her research interests focus on the psychological risk factors for pain and disability following injury, integrated pain treatments, pain medicines use, and the influence of social media. She has designed and implemented research projects examining factors associated with perceived injustice following road traffic crashes, psychosocial factors associated with prescription opioid use in individuals with chronic pain, the effectiveness of brief psychological risk-targeted telehealth interventions, and the role of social media messaging in policy implementation following the up-scheduling of codeine. She has received industry funding to co-design, develop and test feasibility of a psychological brief intervention to reduce risk of prescription opioid-related harm in patients with chronic pain. 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 education and training to a wide range of health professionals and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Qualifications

  • 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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Available Projects

  • Our research has shown that there is lack of integrated treatment options for people with pain who are at risk of medicine-related harm. This program of research will partner with patients to design interventions that are fit-for-purpose. It will test effectiveness in an RCT to reduce the unintended harms of pain medications.

  • Online misinformation and fake news present a challenge to effective communication in pain and injury care. We have commenced development of a brief tool which could be used by patients to critique pain-related information. This program of research will develop assessment tools and examine how to empower patients and the public to critically analyse pain-related information.

  • Our research suggests that online Twitter messaging by pain organisations about policy decisions can reach large audiences. This program of research will develop and evaluate a campaign to promote improved recovery following injury in road traffic crashes.

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Our research has shown that there is lack of integrated treatment options for people with pain who are at risk of medicine-related harm. This program of research will partner with patients to design interventions that are fit-for-purpose. It will test effectiveness in an RCT to reduce the unintended harms of pain medications.

  • Online misinformation and fake news present a challenge to effective communication in pain and injury care. We have commenced development of a brief tool which could be used by patients to critique pain-related information. This program of research will develop assessment tools and examine how to empower patients and the public to critically analyse pain-related information.

  • Our research suggests that online Twitter messaging by pain organisations about policy decisions can reach large audiences. This program of research will develop and evaluate a campaign to promote improved recovery following injury in road traffic crashes.

  • There is a need to develop best practice psychological treatments that prevent and reduce chronic pain following road traffic accidents. This program of research will develop risk-targeted interventions and test effectiveness in a controlled trial.