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Postdoctoral Fellow
BPT (Chennai) MPhty (Distn)(Otago) PhD (Otago)
Research summary
Chronic pain, Self-management, Behavioural Intervention Technologies, Knowledge Translation
Undergraduate and postgraduate research supervision


  1. Steering committee member, Social Aspects of Pain Special Interest Group, International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  2. ECR member, International Association of Communication in Healthcare (EACH)
  3. Associate member, Australia New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Network (ANZMUSC)


  1. Social media representative and council member, New Zealand Pain Society (NZPS)
  2. ECR member, Royal Society of New Zealand
  3. ECR steering committee member, Pain at Otago research theme
  4. Associate investigator, Centre for Health Systems and Technology (CHeST) research theme
  5. Honorary Clinical Reviewer, Health Navigator


Dr Devan's primary research interest is to foster self-management support to empower people with persistent pain and their whānau (family and significant others). He plans to achieve that by conducting research in two overarching themes.

The first theme focuses on designing, developing and deploying digital behavioural interventions (e.g. websites, apps, online delivered interventions, and multi-media resources) – Pain BITS – that are culturally appropriate to facilitate self-management in people living with persistent pain.
Pain BITS webpage

The second theme focuses on partnering with communities to develop solutions for culturally responsive pain management. As part of this theme, he is currently co-leading a project to develop a community-led pain support programme for Māori with pain.

Strategically, his goal is to co-develop digital technologies and community-led pain support services to address health inequities and improve health outcomes for people with persistent pain and their whānau.

Additional details

Regular reviewer for:
  • Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics International
  • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Journal of Medical and Internet Research
  • Physical Therapy Reviews
  • New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy


Perry, M. A., Jones, B., Devan, H., Neill, A., Piper, A., & Ingham, T. (2023). Non-invasive ventilation for people with neuromuscular disorders in Australia and New Zealand: A qualitative study of clinician perspectives. Medical Journal of Australia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.5694/mja2.52036 Journal - Research Article

Devan, H., Dorsch, S., Inman, A., & Brandt, C. (2023). Can evidence from high-income countries be used in low-income countries? Proceedings of the World Physiotherapy Congress. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Mescouto, K., Stilwell, P., Devan, H., & Setchell, J. (2023). Thinking and acting beyond the biophysical model in physiotherapy. Proceedings of the World Physiotherapy Congress. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Perry, M. A., Jones, B., Jenkins, M., Devan, H., Neill, A., & Ingham, T. (2023). Health system factors affecting the experience of non-invasive ventilation provision of people with neuromuscular disorders in New Zealand. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 20, 4758. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20064758 Journal - Research Article

Burns, F., Calder, A., & Devan, H. (2023). Experiences of individuals with multiple sclerosis and stroke using transcutaneous foot drop electrical stimulators: A systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative studies. Disability & Rehabilitation, 45(12), 1923-1932. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2022.2076936 Journal - Research Article

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