• Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


  • 912 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

Factors that influence the sustainability of structured allied health journal clubs: a qualitative study

Wenke, R., O'Shea, K., Hilder, J., Thomas, R. & Mickan, S., 3 Jan 2019, In : BMC Medical Education. 19, 1, 12 p., 6.

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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Adapted for Preschoolers with Callous-Unemotional Traits: An Open Trial Pilot Study

Kimonis, E., Briggs, N., Brouwer-French, L., Frick, P., Hawes, D., Bagner, D., Thomas, R. L. & Dadds, M., 6 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. p. 1-15 15 p.

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Participant experiences of two successful habit-based weight-loss interventions in Australia: a qualitative study

Cleo, G., Hersch, J. & Thomas, R., 31 May 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 5, 9 p., e020146.

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The effectiveness and feasibility of TREAT (Tailoring Research Evidence and Theory) journal clubs in allied health: A randomised controlled trial

Wenke, R. J., Thomas, R., Hughes, I. & Mickan, S., 9 May 2018, In : BMC Medical Education. 18, 1, p. 1-14 14 p., 104.

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Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Oral presentation

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

Student theses

Exploring the attributes of group-based education for the management of chronic diseases, focusing on type 2 diabetes mellitus

Author: Odgers-Jewell, K., 11 Feb 2017

Supervisor: Isenring, E. (Supervisor), Thomas, R. L. (Supervisor) & Reidlinger, D. P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


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)

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