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Health Sciences profile

Associate Professor Nicola Swain

PositionAssociate Professor
QualificationsBSc(Hons) PhD
Research summaryUnderstanding chronic pain conditions

Research

  • The experience and treatment of chronic pain
  • Psychological pain management techniques
  • Online health interventions
  • Positive health psychology
  • Reducing workplace aggression
  • Communication skills training

Publications

Overton, M., Ward, S., Swain, N., Falling, C., Gwynne-Jones, D., Fillingim, R., & Mani, R. (2023). Are ecological momentary assessments of pain valid and reliable? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Journal of Pain, 39(1), 29-40. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000001084

Acker, R., Swain, N., Perry, M., Wassinger, C., & Sole, G. (2023). ''Thinking about pain in a different way': Patient perspectives of a neuroscience-informed physiotherapy programme for rotator cuff-related shoulder pain. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, 63, 102691. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2022.102691

Qureshi, A., Swain, N., Aldabe, D., & Hale, L. (2022). Exploring challenges affecting resilience in carers of stroke survivors: A qualitative descriptive study. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2022.2135774

Othman, R., Swain, N., Tumilty, S., Jayakaran, P., & Mani, R. (2022). Sensitivity to movement-evoked pain, central sensitivity symptoms, and pro-nociceptive profiles in people with chronic shoulder pain: A parallel-group cross-sectional investigation. Pain Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/papr.13152

Qureshi, A., Hargest, C., Swain, N., Aldabe, D., & Hale, L. (2022). Psychosocial interventions for building resilience of informal carers of people living with stroke: A systematic review. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2022.2063419

Acker, R., Swain, N., Perry, M., Wassinger, C., & Sole, G. (2023). ''Thinking about pain in a different way': Patient perspectives of a neuroscience-informed physiotherapy programme for rotator cuff-related shoulder pain. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, 63, 102691. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2022.102691

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Overton, M., Ward, S., Swain, N., Falling, C., Gwynne-Jones, D., Fillingim, R., & Mani, R. (2023). Are ecological momentary assessments of pain valid and reliable? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Journal of Pain, 39(1), 29-40. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000001084

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Campbell, Q., Bodkin-Allen, S., & Swain, N. (2022). Group singing improves both physical and psychological wellbeing in people with and without chronic health conditions: A narrative review. Journal of Health Psychology, 27(8), 1897-1912. doi: 10.1177/13591053211012778

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Othman, R., Swain, N., Tumilty, S., Jayakaran, P., & Mani, R. (2022). Sensitivity to movement-evoked pain, central sensitivity symptoms, and pro-nociceptive profiles in people with chronic shoulder pain: A parallel-group cross-sectional investigation. Pain Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/papr.13152

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Qureshi, A., Swain, N., Aldabe, D., & Hale, L. (2022). Exploring challenges affecting resilience in carers of stroke survivors: A qualitative descriptive study. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2022.2135774

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Korwisi, B., Garrido Suárez, B. B., Goswami, S., Reddy Gunapati, N., Hay, G., Hernández Arteaga, M. A., … Kleinstäuber, M., … Swain, N., … Barke, A. (2021). Reliability and clinical utility of the chronic pain classification in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases from a global perspective: Results from India, Cuba, and New Zealand. Pain. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002379

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Othman, R., Jayakaran, P., Swain, N., Dassanayake, S., Tumilty, S., & Mani, R. (2021). Relationships between psychological, sleep, and physical activity measures and somatosensory function in people with peripheral joint pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain Practice, 21(2), 226-261. doi: 10.1111/papr.12943

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Othman, R., Swain, N., Tumilty, S., Jayakaran, P., & Mani, R. (2021). Pro-nociceptive pain modulation profile in patients with acute and chronic shoulder pain: A hypothesis-generating topical review. Physical Therapy Reviews. Advance online publication.

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Still, A., Hale, L., Swain, N., & Jayakaran, P. (2021). Self-reported depression and anxiety are correlated with functional disability in Parkinson's disease. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 49(1), 40-49. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/49.1.06

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Howarth, A. M., & Swain, N. R. (2020). Low-cost self-paced interventions increase birth satisfaction in first time fathers. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 24, 100503. doi: 10.1016/j.srhc.2020.100503

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Othman, R., Dassanayake, S., Jayakaran, P., Tumilty, S., Swain, N., & Mani, R. (2020). Relationships between psychological, social, physical activity and sleep measures and somatosensory function in individuals with spinal pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Journal of Pain, 36(2), 124-134. doi: 10.1097/ajp.0000000000000775

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Baby, M., Gale, C., & Swain, N. (2019). A communication skills intervention to minimise patient perpetrated aggression for healthcare support workers in New Zealand: A cluster randomised controlled trial. Health & Social Care in the Community, 27(1), 170-181. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12636

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Howarth, A. M., & Swain, N. R. (2019). Low-cost, self-paced, educational programmes increase birth satisfaction in first-time mothers. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 55, 14-19. doi: 10.12784/nzcomjnl55.2019.2.14-19

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Howarth, A. M., & Swain, N. R. (2019). Skills-based childbirth preparation increases childbirth self-efficacy for first time mothers. Midwifery, 70, 100-105. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2018.12.017

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Howarth, A. M., Scott, K. M., & Swain, N. R. (2019). First-time fathers' perception of their childbirth experiences. Journal of Health Psychology, 24(7), 929-940. doi: 10.1177/1359105316687628

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Othman, R., Jayakaran, P., Tumilty, S., Swain, N., & Mani, R. (2019). Predictive relationship between psychological, social, physical activity, and sleep measures and somatosensory function in individuals with musculoskeletal pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis protocol. Physical Therapy Reviews, 24(6), 366-376. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2019.1648715

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Quinlan, D., Vella-Brodrick, D. A., Gray, A., & Swain, N. (2019). Teachers matter: Student outcomes following a strengths intervention are mediated by teacher strengths spotting. Journal of Happiness Studies, 20(8), 2507-2523. doi: 10.1007/s10902-018-0051-7

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Swain, N., Lennox Thompson, B., Gallagher, S., Paddison, J., & Mercer, S. (2019). Gratitude Enhanced Mindfulness (GEM): A pilot study of an internet-delivered programme for self-management of pain and disability in people with arthritis. Journal of Positive Psychology, 15(3), 420-426. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2019.1627397

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Baby, M., Gale, C., & Swain, N. (2018). Communication skills training in the management of patient aggression and violence in healthcare. Aggression & Violent Behavior, 39, 67-82. doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2018.02.004

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Swain, N. (2018). Distress in informal carers of the elderly in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1485), 60-66. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Alghamdi, M., Regenbrecht, H., Hoermann, S., & Swain, N. (2017). Mild stress stimuli built into a non-immersive virtual environment can elicit actual stress responses. Behaviour & Information Technology, 36(9), 913-934. doi: 10.1080/0144929X.2017.1311374

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Howarth, A. M., Scott, K. M., & Swain, N. R. (2017). Skills-based childbirth preparation reduces stress for midwives. Midwifery, 50, 235-238. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2017.05.001

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Leov, J., Barrett, E., Gallagher, S., & Swain, N. (2017). A qualitative study of pain experiences in patients requiring hip and knee arthroplasty. Journal of Health Psychology, 22(2), 186-196. doi: 10.1177/1359105315597054

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Swain, N., & Bodkin-Allen, S. (2017). Developing singing confidence in early childhood teachers using acceptance and commitment therapy and group singing: A randomized trial. Research Studies in Music Education, 39(1), 109-120. doi: 10.1177/1321103X17700141

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Baby, M., Swain, N., & Gale, C. (2016). Healthcare managers' perceptions of patient perpetrated aggression and prevention strategies: A cross sectional survey. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 37(7), 507-516. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2016.1166300

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Fergusson, D. M., McLeod, G. F. H., Horwood, L. J., Swain, N. R., Chapple, S., & Poulton, R. (2015). Life satisfaction and mental health problems (18 to 35 years). Psychological Medicine, 45, 2427-2436. doi: 10.1017/s0033291715000422

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Quinlan, D. M., Swain, N., Cameron, C., & Vella-Brodrick, D. A. (2015). How 'other people matter' in a classroom-based strengths intervention: Exploring interpersonal strategies and classroom outcomes. Journal of Positive Psychology, 10(1), 77-89. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2014.920407

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Swain, N. (2015). Treatment of chronic pain in New Zealand: A community survey. Ngau Mamae, (Spring), 16-21.

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Swain, N. R., Lim, C. C. W., Levinson, D., Fiestas, F., de Girolamo, G., Moskalewicz, J., … Scott, K. M. (2015). Associations between DSM-IV mental disorders and subsequent non-fatal, self-reported stroke. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 79, 130-136. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2015.05.008

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Swain, N. R., & Trevena, J. (2014). A comparison of therapist-present or therapist-free delivery of very brief mindfulness and hypnosis for acute experimental pain. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 43(3), 22-28.

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Swain, N., & Bodkin-Allen, S. (2014). Can't sing? Won't sing? Aotearoa/New Zealand ‘tone-deaf’ early childhood teachers’ musical beliefs. British Journal of Music Education, 31(3), 245-263. doi: 10.1017/S0265051714000278

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Swain, N., & Gale, C. (2014). A communication skills intervention for community healthcare workers: A pretest-postest study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 51, 1241-1245. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2014.01.016

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Swain, N., & Johnson, M. (2014). Chronic pain in New Zealand: A community sample. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1388). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Swain, N., Gale, C., & Greenwood, R. (2014). Patient aggression experienced by staff in a public hospital setting. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1394). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Ang, W. C., Swain, N., & Gale, C. (2013). Evaluating communication in healthcare: Systematic review and analysis of suitable communication scales. Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 6(4), 216-222. doi: 10.1179/1753807613Y.0000000041

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Howarth, A., Swain, N., & Treharne, G. J. (2013). The safety-net: What influences New Zealand first-time mothers' perceptions of safety for self and unborn child? New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 48, 24-28.

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Howarth, A. M., Swain, N. R., & Treharne, G. J. (2012). First-time mothers' perspectives on relationships with and between midwives and doctors: Insights from a qualitative study of giving birth in New Zealand. Midwifery, 28(4), 489-494. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2011.07.004

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Quinlan, D., Swain, N., & Vella-Brodrick, D. A. (2012). Character strengths interventions: Building on what we know for improved outcomes. Journal of Happiness Studies, 13(6), 1145-1163. doi: 10.1007/s10902-011-9311-5

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Swain, N. R., Gibb, S. J., Horwood, L. J., & Fergusson, D. M. (2012). Alcohol and cannabis abuse/dependence symptoms and life satisfaction in young adulthood. Drug & Alcohol Review, 31(3), 327-333. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2011.00339.x

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Howarth, A. M., Swain, N., & Treharne, G. J. (2011). Taking personal responsibility for well-being increases birth satisfaction of first time mothers. Journal of Health Psychology, 16(8), 1221-1230. doi: 10.1177/1359105311403521

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Howarth, A., Swain, N., & Treharne, G. J. (2011). First-time New Zealand mothers' experience of birth: Importance of relationship and support. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 45(45), 6-11.

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Jameson, E., Trevena, J., & Swain, N. (2011). Electronic gaming as pain distraction. Pain Research & Management, 16(1), 27-32.

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Howarth, A., Swain, N., & Treharne, G. (2010). A review of psychosocial predictors of outcome in labour and childbirth. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 42, 17-20.

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Gale, C., Hannah, A., Swain, N., Gray, A., Coverdale, J., & Oud, N. (2009). Patient aggression perceived by community support workers. Australasian Psychiatry, 17(6), 497-501. doi: 10.1080/10398560903287516

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Swain-Campbell, N., & Quinlan, D. (2009). Children's school, classroom, social well-being and health in New Zealand mid to low decile primary schools. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 44(2), 79-92.

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Fergusson, D., Swain-Campbell, N., & Horwood, J. (2004). How does childhood economic disadvantage lead to crime? Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 45(5), 956-966.

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Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., & Swain-Campbell, N. R. (2003). Cannabis dependence and psychotic symptoms in young people. Psychological Medicine, 33, 15-21.

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Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., & Swain-Campbell, N. R. (2003). Ethnicity and criminal convictions: Results of a 21-year longitudinal study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 36(3), 354-367.

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Fergusson, D. M., Swain-Campbell, N. R., & Horwood, L. J. (2003). Arrests and convictions for cannabis related offences in a New Zealand birth cohort. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 70, 53-63.

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Fergusson, D. M., Swain-Campbell, N. R., & Horwood, L. J. (2003). Risky driving behaviour in young people: Prevalence, personal characteristics and traffic accidents. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 27(3), 337-342.

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Fergusson, D. M., Wanner, B., Vitaro, F., Horwood, L. J., & Swain-Campbell, N. R. (2003). Deviant peer affiliations and depression: Confounding or causation? Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 31(6), 605-618.

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Fergusson, D. M., Horwood, L. J., & Swain-Campbell, N. R. (2002). Cannabis use and psychosocial adjustment in adolescence and young adulthood. Addiction, 97, 1123-1135.

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Fergusson, D. M., Swain-Campbell, N. R., & Horwood, L. J. (2002). Deviant peer affiliations, crime and substance use: A fixed effects regression analysis. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 30(4), 419-430.

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Fergusson, D. M., Swain-Campbell, N. R., & Horwood, L. J. (2002). Does sexual violence contribute to elevated rates of anxiety and depression in females? Psychological Medicine, 32, 991-996.

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Fergusson, D. M., Swain-Campbell, N. R., & Horwood, L. J. (2002). Outcomes of leaving school without formal educational qualifications. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 37(1), 39-55.

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Swain-Campbell, N. R., Surgenor, L. J., & Snell, D. L. (2001). An analysis of consumer perspectives following contact with an eating disorder service. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 35, 99-103.

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Prescott, J., & Swain-Campbell, N. R. (2000). Responses to repeated oral irritation by capsaicin, cinnemaldehyde and ethanol in PROP tasters and non-tasters. Chemical Senses, (25), 239-246.

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Colombo, M., Swain, N. R., Harper, D., & Alsop, B. (1997). The effects of hippocampal and area parahippocampalis lesions in pigeons I: Delayed matching to sample. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section B, 50(2), 149-171.

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Qureshi, A., Hargest, C., Swain, N., Aldabe, D., & Hale, L. (2022). Psychosocial interventions for building resilience of informal carers of people living with stroke: A systematic review. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2022.2063419

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Howarth, A. M., & Swain, N. R. (2020). Predictors of postpartum depression in first-time fathers. Australasian Psychiatry, 25(8), 552-554. doi: 10.1177/1039856220924324

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Swain, N., Parr-Brownlie, L. C., Lennox Thompson, B., Darlow, B., Mani, R., & Baxter, D. (2018). Six things you need to know about pain. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1486), 5-8. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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