• Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine Bond University Gold Coast Queensland 4229


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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

Griffith University Queensland


Award Date: 1 Sep 2008

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University


Award Date: 1 Dec 1993

University of Melbourne


Award Date: 1 Dec 1990

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Evidence of potential overdiagnosis and overtreatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents: protocol for a scoping review.

Kazda, L., Bell, K., Thomas, R. L., McGeechan, K. & Barratt, A., 18 Nov 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 11, e032327.

Bond University

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

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

    Bond University

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    An evaluation of parent-child interaction therapy with and without motivational enhancement to reduce attrition

    Webb, H. J., Thomas, R., McGregor, L., Avdagic, E. & Zimmer-Gembeck, M. J., 4 Jul 2017, In : Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 46, 4, p. 537-550 14 p.

    Bond University

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  • Could habits hold the key to weight loss maintenance? A narrative review

    Cleo, G., Isenring, E., Thomas, R. & Glasziou, P., Oct 2017, In : Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 30, 5, p. 655-664 10 p.

    Bond University

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