Presented on 6 August 2020
James “Jim” Elliott, PT, PhD (@elliottjsyd)
Jim completed his PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia (UQ) in 2007 and a post-doctoral fellowship (2010) also at UQ (CCRE-Spine). His multidisciplinary teams’ contributions to the field range from the identification of novel magnetic resonance imaging markers to quantify alterations in spinal cord anatomy and skeletal muscle composition to leading large interdisciplinary studies investigating the neurobiological mechanisms of persistent spinal pain (broadly) and head/neck trauma following a motor vehicle collision (more specifically). He is currently a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney and the Northern Sydney Local Health District. Prior to this, Jim was a tenure-track Associate Professor in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, where he remains an adjunct Professor and Principal Investigator of the Neuromuscular Imaging Research Laboratory.
David Walton, PT, PhD, Western University Canada
Dave is a Physiotherapist and Associate Professor with the School of Physical Therapy at Western University, cross-appointed to the Dept. of Psychiatry in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, and an Honorary Associate Professor with the Discipline of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. He is also an Associate Scientist with the Lawson Health Research Institute and Western’s Bone and Joint Institute. As Director of the Pain and Quality of Life Integrative Research Lab he is an educator, author, advocate, mentor, and researcher. He is co-developer and leader of the competency-based Master of Clinical Science in Interprofessional Pain Management degree program. His research interests are focused on assessment and prognosis in acute and chronic pain, especially in pain arising from musculoskeletal trauma such as whiplash, sporting, or work injuries. His expertise is focused on the areas of pain measurement and evaluation, predicting longitudinal outcomes, rehabilitation futurism, and pre- and post- professional education and training. He has over 100 scientific publications, book chapters, and several national and international presentations and workshops, and is author of the 2020 textbook ‘Musculoskeletal Pain: Assessment, Prediction, and Treatment’ (Handspring Publishing). Outside of the university, Dave provides high-quality continuing professional development sessions on pain assessment, managing neck disorders, interpersonal skills development and teaching development for providers of professional development. He is an active member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and was co-founder of the Pain Science Division. He is an Associate Editor with the scientific journal Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, an International Editor with The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Past-Secretary of the Education SIG of the International Association for the Study of Pain, and sits on the steering committees of the International Whiplash Consortium, the Lawson Health Research Institute’s Mental Health Advisory Board, and Lawson’s Pain Research Advisory Board.
Geoff Bostick, PT, PhD, University of Alberta
Geoff is a physiotherapist by trade and completed his PhD at the University of Alberta in 2013 and a postdoctoral fellowship (2016) at the University of Calgary. His PhD work focused on psychological prognostic factors in painful musculoskeletal disorders such as motor vehicle accident-related neck pain. He is particularly interested in the role of pain expectations. More recently, Geoff’s research has focused on the assessment of pain in marginalized groups using qualitative methods and pre-license pain education. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy and Adjunct in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Geoff has extensive experience teaching physiotherapy trainees in the assessment and management of spinal disorders and complex pain. Geoff also works clinically, offering a student-led chronic pain physiotherapy program affiliated with the University of Alberta Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic.
Timothy Wideman, PT PhD, McGill University
Dr. Timothy Wideman is a physiotherapist and associate professor at McGill University in Montreal. His research focuses on personalized pain management. His work has helped advance our understanding of how psychological risk factors and movement-evoked pain influence rehabilitation outcomes among patients with musculoskeletal pain. He also recently developed the Multimodal Assessment of Pain (MAP) model, which aims to help researchers and clinicians better integrate and address the subjective experience of pain within research and practice. Dr. Wideman has received several national awards for excellence in research and clinical education and has presented his work in the leading international conferences and journals in the fields of pain and rehabilitation.