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Bronwyn ThompsonClinical Senior Lecturer

Msc(Hons) PhD(Cant) DipOccTh(CIT)

Email bronwyn.thompson@otago.ac.nz

Bronwyn Thompson has worked in the field of pain management for most of her clinical career.

Her roles have included:

  • occupational therapy
  • pain psychology
  • vocational management
  • policy development

Bronwyn has recently completed a PhD developing a theory of living well with chronic pain. She also holds a MSc (1st class hons) in Psychology from Canterbury University, and a Diploma in Occupational Therapy from CIT.

She teaches postgraduate papers in pain and pain management, with a particular focus on psychosocial factors, coping and resilience.

Professional interests

  • evidence-based health care
  • chronic pain
  • pain anxiety
  • coping rehabilitation

Student supervision

PhD Candidate: Bonnie Scarth
Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Lee Thompson, Dr Bronwyn Lennox Thompson
Topic: Perceptions of suffering, suicide, and physician-assisted suicide, within the concepts of "rationality", "autonomy" and "dignity".

Master's Candidate: Matt Short
Supervisors: Dr Bronwyn Lennox Thompson, Dr Rex De Ryke
Topic: Ultrasound investigation of fascia tissue.

Master's Candidate: Emma Fairs
Supervisors: Dr Bronwyn Lennox Thompson, Dr Jennifer Dunn
Topic: Post Registration Clinical Competency in The New Zealand Osteopathic Profession

2018

Master's Candidate: Michele Burns
Supervisors: Dr Bronwyn Lennox Thompson
Topic: What happens when you go home: A phenomenological analysis of the period from discharge to first follow-up after knee replacement surgery

2017

Master's Candidate: Andrew Imrie
Supervisors: Dr Bronwyn Lennox Thompson
Topic: Obstacles and facilitators to integrating psychosocial assessment in low back pain by New Zealand physiotherapists

2017

Master's Candidate: Nerissa Chapman
Supervisors: Dr Bronwyn Lennox Thompson
Topic: Epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders in the New Zealand Armed Forces

2016/2017

Master's Candidate: Ellise Woon
Supervisors: Dr Bronwyn Lennox Thompson
Topic:A New Zealand PHODA: A measure for identifying the perceived harmfulness of activities


Publications

Griffiths, G. S., Thompson, B. L., Snell, D. L., & Dunn, J. A. (2023). Experiences of diagnosis and treatment for upper limb Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: A qualitative analysis. Pain Medicine, 24, 1355-1363. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnad111

Griffiths, G. S., Thompson, B. L., Snell, D. L., & Dunn, J. A. (2023). Person-centred managment of upper limb complex regional pain syndrome: An integrative review of non-pharmacological treatment. Hand Therapy, 28(1), 16-32. doi: 10.1177/17589983221138610

Thompson, B. (2023, March). Curiosty. Workshop presentation at the New Zealand Pain Society (NZPS) Annual Scientific Meeting Foundations Day, Auckland, New Zealand.

Griffiths, G. S., Thompson, B. L., Snell, D. L., & Dunn, J. A. (2023, March). Experiences and diagnosis and treatment for upper limb Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Poster session presented at the New Zealand Pain Society (NZPS) Annual Scientific Meeting, Auckland, New Zealand.

Lennox Thompson, B. (2023). Multidisciplinary and interprofessional working. In H. van Griensven & J. Strong (Eds.), Pain: A textbook for health professionals. (3rd ed.) (pp. 298-312). Elsevier.

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