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  • Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


  • 1507 Citations
  • 14 h-Index

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Personal profile

Research interests

I am an Associate Professor in the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare at Bond University. I have been a practicing Psychologist with over 25 years experience providing psychological interventions for children and families.

I am particularly interested in developing, implementing and evaluating randomised controlled trials,  exploring processes and embedding public preferences in health decision making, and translating evidence to practice and policy.

I am involved in researching a style of deliberative democracy known as community juries and have led research projects to explore their utility in public health policy development.

I have taught evidence-based practice to students and health practitioners, conducted systematic reviews, used randomised controlled experimental designs, and explored innovative methodologies to facilitate public deliberation in health policy decision making.

My research themes include:

  • Improving evidence-based decision making in clinical practice.
  • Using community engagement in health policy decision-making.
  • Working with the public to better facilitate and understand the evidence-based practice.

Statement for HDR students

My research within the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice is focussed on improving the uptake of research to better inform evidence-based practice in public, clinical, and policy domains.

Research in this area would explore how to improve critical appraisal skills in community members, how to disseminate research knowledge to clinicians so they might use it more frequently, and how to work with policy-makers to explore community engagement techniques.

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, Griffith University Queensland


Award Date: 1 Sep 2008

Counselling Psychology, Graduate Diploma, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University


Award Date: 1 Dec 1993

Psychology, Bachelor of Education, University of Melbourne


Award Date: 1 Dec 1990

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Research Output

Efficacy of habit-based weight loss interventions: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Cleo, G., Beller, E., Glasziou, P., Isenring, E. & Thomas, R., 1 Aug 2020, In : Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 43, 4, p. 519-532 14 p.

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    Exploring women's priorities for the potential consequences of a gestational diabetes diagnosis: A pilot community jury

    Thomas, R., Scott, A. M., Sims, R., Craig, L., Claase, L-A., Lowe, J., Heal, C., Hardiman, L. & Glasziou, P., 1 Jun 2020, In : Health Expectations. 23, 3, p. 593-602 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 49 Downloads (Pure)

    How do patients and the public understand overtesting and overdiagnosis? A protocol for a thematic meta-synthesis of qualitative research

    Rozbroj, T., Haas, R., O'Connor, D. A., Thomas, R., McCaffery, K., Carter, S. & Buchbinder, R., 6 Jul 2020, In : BMJ Open. 10, 7, 7 p., e037283.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 17 Downloads (Pure)

    Patient and public involvement in the development of clinical practice guidelines: a scoping review protocol

    Bryant, E. A., Scott, A. M. & Thomas, R., 5 Oct 2020, In : BMJ Open. 10, 10, e037327.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
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    Women's experiences of a diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus: a systematic review

    Craig, L. E., Sims, R., Glasziou, P. P. & Thomas, R. L., 7 Feb 2020, In : BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 20, 1, 15 p., 76.

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    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    112 Downloads (Pure)


    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Oral presentation

    Systematic Review Workshop

    Melanie Vermeulen (Organiser), Rae Thomas (Facilitator), David Honeyman (Facilitator), Paul Glasziou (Speaker), Anna Scott (Speaker), Mark Jones (Speaker), Justin Clark (Speaker), Magnolia Cardona (Facilitator), Mina Bakhit (Facilitator), Loai Albarqouni (Facilitator), Raymond Moynihan (Facilitator), Sharon Sanders (Facilitator), Sarah Thorning (Facilitator), Justin Clark (Facilitator), Paul Glasziou (Facilitator), Anna Scott (Facilitator), Mark Jones (Facilitator) & Christine Erueti (Organiser)

    22 Aug 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Speed Research Presentations

    Elisabeth Isenring (Speaker), Jaimon T Kelly (Speaker), Christian Moro (Speaker), Mark Morgan (Speaker), Anna V. Lorimer (Speaker), Vernon G Coffey (Speaker), Rae Louise Thomas (Speaker), Alexandra Bannach-Brown (Speaker), Ray N Moynihan (Speaker), Daniel Maupin (Speaker), Rob Marc Orr (Speaker), Nigel L Barnett (Speaker) & Russ Chess-Williams (Speaker)

    21 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Press / Media

    Healthy habits the key to 'no-diet' diet

    Elaine M Beller, Paul P Glasziou & Rae Louise Thomas


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    ADHD and overdiagnosis

    Rae Louise Thomas


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Study: About 7% of kids worldwide have ADHD

    Rae Louise Thomas


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment