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Bronwyn ThompsonClinical Senior LecturerMsc(Hons) PhD(Cant) DipOccTh(CIT)


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


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


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


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


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


McVicar, T., Bean, D., & Lennox Thompson, B. (2024). “It doesn’t define me”: A reflexive thematic analysis of people living well with complex regional pain syndrome [Invited]. Proceedings of the New Zealand Pain Society (NZPS) Annual Scientific Meeting: Empowering Pain Management in New Zealand. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Lennox Thompson, B., & Ramanauskas, C. (2024). Articulating occupational therapy's unique contribution to pain management. New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(1), 26-32. [Commentary]. Journal - Research Other

Ray, B. M., Washington, L., Lennox Thompson, B., & Kelleran, K. (2024). An exploration of low back pain beliefs held by health care professionals in Northern America. Musculoskeletal Care, 22(1), e1877. doi: 10.1002/msc.1877 Journal - Research Article

Lennox Thompson, B. (2024). The pain battlelines. Proceedings of the In Sickness & In Health (ISIH) 8th International Conference. (pp. 68-69). doi: 10.14426/ISIH2024CHB Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Martin, R., Johns, J., Lennox Thompson, B., Hackney, J., & Nunnerley, J. (2023). A need for collaborative, early and sustained support: Listening to the lived experiences of people managing pain after SCI. Proceedings of the 62nd International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) Annual Scientific Meeting. 153. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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