Dr Claire Ashton-James

Senior Lecturer,Pain Management
Northern Clinical School

Member of the Charles Perkins Centre

Telephone 02 9463 1528

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Biographical details

Dr. Ashton-James is a Social Psychologist whose research investigates the social contributors and interpersonal consequences of chronic conditions and their treatment. The overarching aims of her research is to evaluate and improve treatment delivery and patient outcomes, including pain, quality of life, and social wellbeing. Dr. Ashton-James conducted her PhD research at UNSW (Australia) and Duke University (USA). She was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia (Canada) before moving to The Netherlands to work as an Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen, and later, the Free University of Amsterdam (Department of Psychology and the VU Medical Center Amsterdam). Dr. Ashton-James conducts interdisciplinary research with collaborators in Dentistry, Maxillofacial Surgery, Clinical Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Physiotherapy, and Medicine, and is actively involved in providing continuing education to healthcare professionals.

Research interests

  • Interpersonal processes in health care and treatment outcomes
  • The role of social support and social wellbeing in treatment outcomes
  • Interpersonal modulation of pain
  • Culture and pain
  • Patient-provider communication
  • The role of implicit biases in medical encounters
  • The social cognitive and perceptual bases of patient and clinician trust
  • The impact of patient trust on pain, health behaviour, and well-being
  • The role of interpersonal processes in group-based pain management programs

Teaching and supervision

  • Culture and pain
  • Interpersonal costs of pain
  • Social psychology of pain
  • Clinical communication skills

Current projects

  • The social and interpersonal consequences of orthognathic surgery
  • The role of social judgment in patient-clinician trust
  • The role of group identification in treatment outcomes of group-based pain management programs
  • The impact of clinician characteristics on patient expectations of pain and treatment outcomes.

Selected grants

2018

  • Changing faces, changing lives? A preliminary investigation of the social outcomes of orthognathic surgery; Lim L, Ashton-James C, Peck C, Darendeliler M, Dalci O, Papadopoulou A, Tsakiris P; Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (ANZAOMS)/Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Wilson, D., Mackintosh, S., Nicholas, M., Moseley, G., Costa, D., Ashton-James, C. (2018). Are Group Size and Composition Associated with Treatment Outcomes in Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Chronic Pain? Pain, 159(4), 783-792. [More Information]
  • Ashton-James, C., Costa, D., Chemke-Dreyfus, A. (2018). Orthognathic Surgery has a Significant Effect on Perceived Personality Traits and Emotional Expressions. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 141(6), 966e-967e. [More Information]
  • Ashton-James, C., Dekker, P., Addai-Davis, J., Chadwick, T., Zakrzewska, J., Padfield, D., Williams, A. (2017). Can images of pain enhance patient´┐Żclinician rapport in pain consultations? British Journal of Pain, 11(3), 144-152. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M., Ashton-James, C. (2017). Embodied pain: Grasping a thorny problem? Pain, 158(6), 993-994. [More Information]
  • Ashton-James, C., Tybur, J., Forouzanfar, T. (2017). Interpersonal behavior in anticipation of pain: a naturalistic study of behavioral mimicry prior to surgery. Pain Reports, 2(4), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Ashton-James, C., Nicholas, M. (2016). Appearance of trustworthiness: An implicit source of bias in judgments of patients' pain. Pain, 157(8), 1583-1585. [More Information]
  • Martin, W., Skorpil, N., Ashton-James, C., Tuinzing, D., Forouzanfar, T. (2016). Effect of vasoconstriction on pain after mandibular third molar surgery: A single-blind, randomized controlled trial. Quintessence International, 47(7), 589-596. [More Information]

2018

  • Wilson, D., Mackintosh, S., Nicholas, M., Moseley, G., Costa, D., Ashton-James, C. (2018). Are Group Size and Composition Associated with Treatment Outcomes in Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Chronic Pain? Pain, 159(4), 783-792. [More Information]
  • Ashton-James, C., Costa, D., Chemke-Dreyfus, A. (2018). Orthognathic Surgery has a Significant Effect on Perceived Personality Traits and Emotional Expressions. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 141(6), 966e-967e. [More Information]

2017

  • Ashton-James, C., Dekker, P., Addai-Davis, J., Chadwick, T., Zakrzewska, J., Padfield, D., Williams, A. (2017). Can images of pain enhance patient´┐Żclinician rapport in pain consultations? British Journal of Pain, 11(3), 144-152. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M., Ashton-James, C. (2017). Embodied pain: Grasping a thorny problem? Pain, 158(6), 993-994. [More Information]
  • Ashton-James, C., Tybur, J., Forouzanfar, T. (2017). Interpersonal behavior in anticipation of pain: a naturalistic study of behavioral mimicry prior to surgery. Pain Reports, 2(4), 1-6. [More Information]

2016

  • Ashton-James, C., Nicholas, M. (2016). Appearance of trustworthiness: An implicit source of bias in judgments of patients' pain. Pain, 157(8), 1583-1585. [More Information]
  • Martin, W., Skorpil, N., Ashton-James, C., Tuinzing, D., Forouzanfar, T. (2016). Effect of vasoconstriction on pain after mandibular third molar surgery: A single-blind, randomized controlled trial. Quintessence International, 47(7), 589-596. [More Information]

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