• Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


  • 1170 Citations
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Personal profile

Research interests

I am an Associate Professor in the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University, and a Psychologist with over 20 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


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


Psychology, Bachelor of Education, University of Melbourne


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Research Output 2007 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
67 Downloads (Pure)

An Australian community jury to consider case-finding for dementia: Differences between informed community preferences and general practice guidelines

Thomas, R., Sims, R., Beller, E., Scott, A. M., Doust, J., Le Couteur, D., Pond, D., Loy, C., Forlini, C. & Glasziou, P., 1 Jun 2019, In : Health Expectations. 22, 3, p. 475-484 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Practice Guidelines
General Practice
General Practitioners
4 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Age of Onset
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
1 Citation (Scopus)
73 Downloads (Pure)

Citizens' juries can bring public voices on overdiagnosis into policy making

Degeling, C., Thomas, R. & Rychetnik, L., 30 Jan 2019, In : BMJ (Online). 364, l351.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Policy Making
Evidence-Based Medicine
68 Downloads (Pure)

Developing and applying a deductive coding framework to assess the goals of Citizen/Community Jury deliberations

Scott, A. M., Sims, R., Degeling, C., Carter, S. & Thomas, R., 1 Jun 2019, In : Health Expectations. 22, 3, p. 537-546 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Policy Making
Health Policy
Reproducibility of Results
Decision Making

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

Cleo, G., Beller, E., Glasziou, P., Isenring, E. & Thomas, R., 16 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Weight Loss

Activities 2018 2019

  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Non-financial research agreements
  • 1 Oral presentation

2019 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

Participatory system dynamics modelling to determine high value obesity interventions in the Gold Coast

Deena Seesaengnom (Investigator), Helen Clifford (Investigator), Amanda Carver (Investigator), Rae Thomas (Investigator), Lennert Veerman (Investigator)
11 Feb 201911 Sep 2020

Activity: Professional Development, Mentorship, Supervision and Other ActivitiesNon-financial research agreements

Press / Media

Healthy habits the key to 'no-diet' diet

Elizabeth Isenring, Elaine Beller, Paul Glasziou & Rae Thomas


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

ADHD and overdiagnosis

Rae Thomas


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Weight-loss study puts eating habits on table

Paul Glasziou, Rae Thomas & Elizabeth Isenring


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Maintaining Weight Loss: A Look at Habits

Author: Cleo, G., 17 Feb 2018

Supervisor: Thomas, R. L. (Supervisor), Isenring, E. A. (Supervisor) & Glasziou, P. P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis