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Pain in Survivors of Torture


28 October 2019


12:00 AM11:59 PM

28 October 2019, 10:00am EDT


  • Psychological Aspects of Pain in Survivors of TortureAmanda C de C Williams, PhD, University College London, United Kingdom
  • Medical Treatment of Pain in Survivors of Torture Bianca Kuehler, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom
  • Pain management in survivors of torture: a physiotherapist’s perspectiveLester Jones, MScMed(PM), Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore

Want more on this topic? IASP has a Special Interest Group (SIG) for you! Exclusive to IASP members, join the IASP Special Interest Group (SIG) on Pain Related to Torture, Organized Violence, and War (TOVW) and engage with other members of the IASP community who are just as passionate as you!

About the Speakers

Amanda C de C Williams is an academic and clinical psychologist at University College London, and at the Pain Management Centre, University College London Hospital. She also works for the International Centre for Health and Human Rights, and has worked for a torture survivor charity in the UK. As a clinician and researcher in the pain field for over 30 years, her particular interests are evaluation of psychologically-based treatments, including systematic reviews and meta-analyses; application of evolutionary perspectives to pain and behaviour associated with pain; expression of pain and its interpretation by clinicians; pain from torture; and the use of responsive technology to extend healthcare. She has written over 250 papers and chapters on pain and psychology, and presents at national and international pain meetings.

Dr. Bianca Kuehler is a Consultant in Pain Management at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, UK. She trained as an anaesthetist in Germany and the USA, and worked extensively in the operating theatre. As her career progressed, however, her interests moved into the management of chronic pain and especially management of complex patients. She developed several specialised multi-disciplinary clinics together with her colleague Dr Susan Childs, Clinical Psychologist, which find treatment options for patients with fibromyalgia, mental health problems and those who have suffered torture (The Survivors of Torture Clinic). The service for patients who are survivors of torture is the first one in the UK.

Lester Jones is an Australian-trained physiotherapist and academic currently working in Health and Social Sciences Cluster of Singapore Institute of Technology. He has postgraduate qualifications in pain, psychology and education and was the first physiotherapist to graduate with MScMed(PainMgt) from the University of Sydney.  He is a co-author of the Pain and Movement Reasoning Model and his research is exploring the use of the Model in a range of contexts including pain in survivors of torture. He has worked at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture providing pro bono physiotherapy consultations and delivered training to those working with survivors on pain assessment and management. He is on the committee of the Pain Association of Singapore and is the Research Officer for the IASP SIG Pain associated with Torture, Organised Violence and War.

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