Professor Michael Nicholas

Professor
Pain Management Research Institute, Northern Clinical School
Kolling Institute of Medical Research

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Selected grants

2014

  • Understanding persistent low back pain where it resides, in the brain; Schabrun S, McAuley J, Graven-Nielsen T, Nicholas M, Henschke N, Khan A; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2013

  • TMF Risk Management Project Concept Submission: Early Intervention Project; Nicholas M, Pearce G, Linton S, Cameron I; NSW Self Insurance Corporation/Research Support.
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL TREATMENTS FOR CHRONIC HEADACHE: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF EFFECTIVENESS USING COCHRANE METHODOLOGY; Nicholas M, McGuire B; DVC Research/International Research Collaboration Award (IRCA).
  • A new approach to prevent chronic low back pain; McAuley J, Nicholas M, Moseley L, Henschke N, Refshauge K; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2012

  • Risk Assessment and Delivery of a Low Intensity Intervention for Pain and Anxiety Following Motor Vehicle Accidents; Dear B, Nicholas M, Blyth F, Girosi F, Nicholson Perry K; Motor Accident Authority of New South Wales/Research Support.
  • A randomized, controlled trial of two psychological interventions for patients with late-life depression who have comorbid physical problems; Sharpe L, Nicholas M, Arean P, Meade (nee Covic) T, Covic T; Beyondblue/Research Support.
  • H6HS.1 Eye-Trac- Head Mounted Eye Tracking System; Refshauge K, Sharpe L, Brennan P, Nicholas M, Pietrzyk M, Kilbreath S; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Equipment Grants.
  • The role of threat expectancy and attentional bias modification in promoting attentional capture and disengagement in acute experimental pain; Sharpe L, Nicholas M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
  • Towards effective dissemination of a low intensity Chronic Pain Management Course; Dear B, Sharpe L, Nicholas M, Nicholson Perry K, Titov N; Macquarie University/Shared Research Support.

2008

  • Jaw muscle pain and jaw motor function.; Murray G, Peck C, Nicholas M; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2007

  • The role of attention re-training in pain tolerance; Sharpe L, Refshauge K, Nicholas M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
  • Controlled trial of desensitsation to chronic noncancer pain; Nicholas M, Sharpe L; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
  • Attention treatments in the prevention of chronic pain; Sharpe L, Nicholas M, Refshauge K; University of Sydney/Bridging Support.

2006

  • Hypervigilance in the development of chronic pain; Sharpe L, Nicholas M, Refshauge K; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2005

  • Chronic pain in elderly Australians: Randomised Controlled trail of pain self management; Nicholas M; Dept Health South Aust/Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council.
  • Hypervigilance in the development of chronic pain; Nicholas M, Sharpe L, Refshauge K; University of Sydney/Bridging Support.

2000

  • Exercise or advice for low back pain?; Arns M, Refshauge K, Nicholas M, Latimer J, McNair P, Lassere M, Maher C; Australian Physiotherapy Association/Research Grant.
  • Exercise or advice for sub-acute low back pain?; McNair P, Refshauge K, Maher C, Nicholas M, Barnsley L, Lassere M; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Nicholas, M. (2002). Reducing disability in injured workers: the importance of collaborative management. In Linton, SJ (Eds.), Pain Research and Clinical Management, (pp. 33-46). Amsterdam: BMJ Publishing Group.
  • Nicholas, M., Wright, S. (2001). Management of acute and chronic pain. In J Milgrom, GD Burrows (Eds.), Psychology and Psychiatry: Integrating Medical Practice, (pp. 127-153). Chichester, UK: Sage Publications.

Journals

  • Sharpe, L., Haggmann, S., Nicholas, M., Dear, B., Refshauge, K. (2014). Avoidance of affective pain stimuli predicts chronicity in patients with acute low back pain. Pain, 155, 45-52. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M., Asghari, A., Sharpe, L., Brnabic, A., Wood, B., Overton, S., Tonkin, L., de Sousa, M., Finniss, D., Beeston, L., Sutherland, A., Corbett, M., Brooker, C. (2014). Cognitive exposure versus avoidance in patients with chronic pain: Adherence matters. European Journal of Pain, 18(3), 424-437. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Moseley, G., Hubscher, M., Lee, H., Skinner, I., Nicholas, M., Henschke, N., Refshauge, K., Blyth, F., Main, C., et al (2014). Pain education to prevent chronic low back pain: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 4(6), 1-7.
  • Hunt, M., Keefe, F., Bryant, C., Metcalf, B., Ahamed, Y., Nicholas, M., Bennell, K. (2013). A physiotherapist-delivered, combined exercise and pain coping skills training intervention for individuals with knee osteoarthritis: A pilot study. The Knee, 20(2), 106-112. [More Information]
  • Wood, B., Nicholas, M., Blyth, F., Asghari, A., Gibson, S. (2013). Catastrophizing Mediates the Relationship Between Pain Intensity and Depressed Mood in Older Adults With Persistent Pain. The Journal of Pain, 14(2), 149-157. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M., Asghari, A., Blyth, F., Wood, B., Murray, R., McCabe, R., Brnabic, A., Beeston, L., Corbett, M., Sherrington, C., Overton, S. (2013). Self-management intervention for chronic pain in older adults: A randomised controlled trial. Pain, 154(6), 824-835. [More Information]
  • Shaw, W., Tveito, T., Geehern-Lavoie, M., Huang, Y., Nicholas, M., Reme, S., Wagner, G., Pransky, G. (2012). Adapting principles of chronic pain self-management to the workplace. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34(8), 694-703. [More Information]
  • Macedo, L., Latimer, J., Maher, C., Hodges, P., McAuley, J., Nicholas, M., Tonkin, L., Stanton, C., Stanton, T., Stafford, R. (2012). Effect of motor control exercises versus graded activity in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. Physical Therapy, 92(3), 363-377. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M., Asghari, A., Corbett, M., Smeets, R., Wood, B., Overton, S., Perry, C., Tonkin, L., Beeston, L. (2012). Is adherence to pain self-management strategies associated with improved pain, depression and disability in those with disabling chronic pain? European Journal of Pain, 16(1), 93-104. [More Information]
  • Sharpe, L., Ianiello, M., Dear, B., Perry, K., Refshauge, K., Nicholas, M. (2012). Is there a potential role for attention bias modification in pain patients? Results of 2 randomised, controlled trials. Pain, 153(3), 722-731. [More Information]
  • Sharpe, L., Gittins, C., Correia, H., Meade (nee Covic), T., Nicholas, M., Raue, P., McDonald, S., Arean, P. (2012). Problem-solving versus cognitive restructuring of medically ill seniors with depression (PROMISE-D trial): Study protocol and design. BMC Psychiatry, 12(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Cardosa, M., Osman, Z., Nicholas, M., Tonkin, L., Williams, A., Aziz, K., Ali, R., Dahari, N. (2012). Self-management of chronic pain in Malaysian patients: effectiveness trial with 1-year follow-up. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 2(1), 30-37. [More Information]
  • Dominick, C., Blyth, F., Nicholas, M. (2012). Unpacking the burden: Understanding the relationships between chronic pain and comorbidity in the general population. Pain, 153(2), 293-304. [More Information]
  • Brandini, D., Benson, J., Nicholas, M., Murray, G., Peck, C. (2011). Chewing in Temporomandibular Disorder Patients: An Exploratory Study of an Association With Some Psychological Variables. Journal of Orofacial Pain, 25(1), 56-67. [More Information]
  • Hush, J., Nicholas, M. (2011). Cognitive behavioral treatment for low back pain: Case study and commentary. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, 18(2), 85-95.
  • Linton, S., Nicholas, M., MacDonald, S. (2011). Development of a Short Form of the Örebro Musculoskeletal Pain Screening Questionnaire. Spine, 36(22), 1891-1895. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M., Linton, S., Watson, P., Main, C. (2011). Early Identification and Management of Psychological Risk Factors ("Yellow Flags") in Patients With Low Back Pain: A Reappraisal. Physical Therapy, 91(5), 737-753. [More Information]
  • Blyth, F., Cumming, R., Nicholas, M., Creasey, H., Handelsman, D., Le Couteur, D., Naganathan, V., Sambrook, P., Seibel, M., Waite, L. (2011). Intrusive Pain and Worry about Health in Older Men: The CHAMP Study. Pain, 152(2), 447-452. [More Information]
  • Perry, K., Nicholas, M., Middleton, J. (2011). Multidisciplinary cognitive behavioural pain management programmes for people with a spinal cord injury: design and implementation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 33(13-14), 1272-1280. [More Information]
  • Blake, D., Sharpe, L., Nicholas, M., Refshauge, K. (2011). Pain-Related Attentional Biases: The Importance of the Personal Relevance and Ecological Validity of Stimuli. The Journal of Pain, 12(6), 625-632. [More Information]
  • Dominick, C., Blyth, F., Nicholas, M. (2011). Patterns of chronic pain in the New Zealand population. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1337), 63-76. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M., George, S. (2011). Psychologically informed interventions for low back pain: An update for physical therapists. Physical Therapy, 91(5), 765-776. [More Information]
  • Hall, A., Kamper, S., Maher, C., Latimer, J., Ferreira, M., Nicholas, M. (2011). Symptoms of depression and stress mediate the effect of pain on disability. Pain, 152(5), 1044-1051. [More Information]
  • Dear, B., Sharpe, L., Nicholas, M., Refshauge, K. (2011). The Psychometric Properties of the Dot-Probe Paradigm When Used in Pain-Related Attentional Bias Research. The Journal of Pain, 12(12), 1247-1254. [More Information]
  • Linton, S., Nicholas, M., MacDonald, S., Boersma, K., Bergbom, S., Maher, C., Refshauge, K. (2011). The role of depression and catastrophizing in musculoskeletal Pain. European Journal of Pain, 15(4), 416-422. [More Information]
  • Sharpe, L., Nicholson Perry, K., Rogers, P., Dear, B., Nicholas, M., Refshauge, K. (2010). A comparison of the effect of attention training and relaxation on responses to pain. Pain, 150(3), 469-476. [More Information]
  • Wood, B., Nicholas, M., Blyth, F., Asghari, A., Gibson, S. (2010). Assessing Pain in Older People With Persistent Pain: The NRS Is Valid But Only Provides Part of the Picture. The Journal of Pain, 11(12), 1259-1266. [More Information]
  • Haggmann, S., Sharpe, L., Nicholas, M., Refshauge, K. (2010). Attentional Biases Toward Sensory Pain Words in Acute and Chronic Pain Patients. The Journal of Pain, 11(11), 1136-1145. [More Information]
  • Nicholson Perry, K., Nicholas, M., Middleton, J. (2010). Comparison of a pain management program with usual care in a pain management center for people with spinal cord injury-related chronic pain. Clinical Journal of Pain, 26(3), 206-216. [More Information]
  • Tveito, T., Shaw, W., Huang, Y., Nicholas, M., Wagner, G. (2010). Managing Pain in the Workplace: A Focus Group Study of Challenges, Strategies and What Matters Most to Workers with Low Back Pain. Disability and Rehabilitation, 32(24), 2035-2045. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M. (2010). Obstacles to recovery after an episode of low back pain; the 'usual suspects' are not always guilty. Pain, 148(3), 363-364. [More Information]
  • Dehghani, M., Sharpe, L., Nicholas, M. (2010). Structural evaluation of the contemporary psychological models of chronic pain: Does fear of pain work for all? Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 39(3), 214-224. [More Information]
  • Wood, B., Nicholas, M., Blyth, F., Asghari, A., Gibson, S. (2010). The Utility of the Short Version of the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS-21) in Elderly Patients with Persistent Pain: Does Age Make a Difference? Pain Medicine, 11(12), 1780-1790. [More Information]
  • Asghari, A., Nicholas, M. (2009). An Investigation of Pain Self-Efficacy Beliefs in Iranian Chronic Pain Patients: A Preliminary Validation of a Translated English-Language Scale. Pain Medicine, 10(4), 619-632.
  • Nicholas, M., Coulston, C., Asghari, A., Malhi, G. (2009). Depressive symptoms in patients with chronic pain. Medical Journal of Australia, 190(7 Suppl), S66-S70. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M. (2009). First things first: Reductions in catastrophising before fear of movement. Pain, 145, 6-7. [More Information]
  • Finniss, D., Nicholas, M., Benedetti, F. (2009). Placebo analgesia - understanding the mechanisms and implications for clinical practice. Reviews in Pain, 3(2), 15-19.
  • Nicholson Perry, K., Nicholas, M., Middleton, J., Siddall, P. (2009). Psychological characteristics of people with spinal cord injury-related persisting pain referred to a tertiary pain management center. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 46(1), 57-68. [More Information]
  • Flink, I., Nicholas, M., Boersma, K., Linton, S. (2009). Reducing the threat value of chronic pain: A preliminary replicated single-case study of interoceptive exposure versus distraction in six individuals with chronic back pain. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47(8), 721-728.
  • Nicholson Perry, K., Nicholas, M., Middleton, J. (2009). Spinal cord injury-related pain in rehabilitation: A cross-sectional study of relationships with cognitions, mood and physical function. European Journal of Pain, 13, 511-517. [More Information]
  • Law, R., Harvey, L., Nicholas, M., Tonkin, L., de Sousa, M., Finniss, D. (2009). Stretch exercises increase tolerance to stretch in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain: a randomized controlled trial. Physical Therapy, 89(10), 1016-1026. [More Information]
  • Sarda, J., Nicholas, M., Asghari, A., Pimenta, C. (2009). The contribution of self-efficacy and depression to disability and work status in chronic pain patients: A comparison between Australian and Brazilian samples. European Journal of Pain, 13(2), 189-195. [More Information]
  • McGowan, N., Sharpe, L., Refshauge, K., Nicholas, M. (2009). The effect of attentional re-training and threat expectancy in response to acute pain. Pain, 142(1-2), 101-107. [More Information]
  • Macedo, L., Latimer, J., Maher, C., Hodges, P., Nicholas, M., Tonkin, L., McAuley, J., Stafford, R. (2008). Motor control or graded activity exercises for chronic low back pain? A randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 9, 65 - 1-65 - 9. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M. (2008). On adherence to self-management strategies. European Journal of Pain, 13, 113-114. [More Information]
  • Stewart, M., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Nicholas, M. (2008). Patient and clinician treatment preferences do not moderate the effect of exercise treatment in chronic whiplash-associated disorders. European Journal of Pain, 12(7), 879-885. [More Information]
  • Sarda, J., Nicholas, M., Pimenta, C., Asghari, A. (2008). Psychometric properties of the DASS-Depression scale among a Brazilian population with chronic pain. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 64(1), 25-31.
  • Nicholas, M., Asghari, A., Blyth, F. (2008). What do the numbers mean? Normative data in chronic pain measures. Pain, 134(1-2), 158-173. [More Information]
  • Pengel, L., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Nicholas, M., Herbert, R., McNair, P. (2007). Physiotherapist-directed exercise, advice, or both for sub-acute low back pain: A randomized trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, 146(11), 787-796.
  • Stewart, M., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Bogduk, N., Nicholas, M. (2007). Randomized controlled trial of exercise for chronic whiplash associated disorders. Pain, 128(1-2), 59-68.
  • Stewart, M., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Bogduk, N., Nicholas, M. (2007). Randomized controlled trial of exercise for chronic whiplash-associated disorders. Pain, 128(1-2), 59-68. [More Information]
  • Blyth, F., Macfarlane, G., Nicholas, M. (2007). Response to Ms. Nielsen's Letter to the Editor of Pain. Pain, 131(3). [More Information]
  • Stewart, M., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Bogduk, N., Nicholas, M. (2007). Responsiveness of pain and disability measures for chronic whiplash. Spine, 32(5), 580-585. [More Information]
  • Blyth, F., Macfarlane, G., Nicholas, M. (2007). The contribution of psychosocial factors to the development of chronic pain: the key to better outcomes for patients? Pain, 129(1), 8-11. [More Information]
  • van Leeuwen, M., Blyth, F., March, L., Nicholas, M., Cousins, M. (2006). Chronic pain and reduced work effectiveness: the hidden cost to Australian employers. European Journal of Pain, 10(2), 161-166. [More Information]
  • Finniss, D., Murphy, P., Brooker, C., Nicholas, M., Cousins, M. (2006). Complex regional pain syndrome in children and adolescents. European Journal of Pain, 10(8), 767-770. [More Information]
  • Molloy, A., Nicholas, M., Asghari, A., Beeston, L., Dehghani, M., Cousins, M., Brooker, C., Tonkin, L. (2006). Does a Combination of Intensive Cognitive-Behavioral Pain Management and a Spinal Implantable Device Confer any Advantage? A Preliminary Examination. Pain practice : the official journal of World Institute of Pain, 6(2), 96-103. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M., Asghari, A. (2006). Investigating acceptance in adjustment to chronic pain: Is acceptance broader than we thought? Pain, 124(3), 269-279. [More Information]
  • Asghari, A., Nicholas, M. (2006). Personality and pain-related beliefs/coping strategies: A prospective study. Clinical Journal of Pain, 22(1), 10-18.
  • Nicholas, M., Asghari, A. (2006). Response to letter by McCracken et al. (2006). Pain. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M. (2006). The pain self-efficacy questionnaire: Taking pain into account. European Journal of Pain, 11(2), 153-163. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M., Molloy, A., Brooker, C. (2006). Using opioids with persisting noncancer pain: a biopsychosocial perspective. Clinical Journal of Pain, 22(2), 137-146. [More Information]
  • Blyth, F., March, L., Nicholas, M., Cousins, M. (2005). Self-management of chronic pain: a population-based study. Pain, 113(3), 285-292. [More Information]
  • Taylor, R., Lovibond, P., Nicholas, M., Cayley, C., Wilson, P. (2005). The Utility of Somatic Items in the Assessment of Depression in Patients With Chronic Pain. A Comparison of the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale and the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales in Chronic Pain and Clinical and Community Samples. Clinical Journal of Pain, 21(1), 91-100.
  • Franche, R., Baril, R., Shaw, W., Nicholas, M., Loisel, P. (2005). Workplace-Based Return-to-Work Interventions: Optimizing the Role of Stakeholders in Implementation and Research. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 15(4), 525-542. [More Information]
  • Moseley, G., Nicholas, M., Hodges, P. (2004). A Randomized Controlled Trial Of Intensive Neurophysiology Education In Chronic Low Back Pain. Clinical Journal of Pain, 20(5), 324-330.
  • Moseley, G., Nicholas, M., Hodges, P. (2004). Does Anticipation Of Back Pain Predispose To Back Trouble? Brain, 127(10), 2339-2347.
  • Dehghani, M., Sharpe, L., Nicholas, M. (2004). Modification of Attentional Biases in Chronic Pain Patients: A Preliminary Study. European Journal of Pain, 8(6), 585-594.
  • Moseley, G., Nicholas, M., Hodges, P. (2004). Pain Differs From Non-Painful Attention-Demanding Or Stressful Tasks In Its Effect On Postural Control Patterns Of Trunk Muscles. Experimental Brain Research, 156(1), 64-71. [More Information]
  • Asghari, A., Nicholas, M. (2004). Pain During Mammography: The Role Of Coping Strategies. Pain, 108(1-2), 170-179.
  • Jolliffe, C., Nicholas, M. (2004). Verbally Reinforcing Pain Reports: An Experimental Test Of The Operant Model Of Chronic Pain. Pain, 107(1-2), 167-175.
  • Nicholas, M. (2004). When To Refer To A Pain Clinic. Best Practice and Research: Clinical Rheumatology, 18(4), 613-629. [More Information]
  • Stewart, M., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Bogduk, N., Nicholas, M. (2003). Advice or exercise for chronic whiplash disorders? Design of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 4(18), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Blyth, F., March, L., Nicholas, M., Cousins, M. (2003). Chronic pain, work performance and litigation. Pain, 103(1-2), 41-47.
  • Nicholas, M., Molloy, A. (2003). Cognitive behavioural therapy for chronic pain patients. Medicine Today, 4(8 Supplement), 12-17.
  • Nicholas, M. (2003). Managed care policies and pain management programs. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 11, 1-1.
  • Dehghani, M., Sharpe, L., Nicholas, M. (2003). Selective attention to pain-related information in chronic musculoskeletal pain patients. Pain, 105, 37-46.
  • Nicholas, M., Molloy, A. (2002). Chronic pain control integrating medical and psychosocial treatment options. New Ethicals Journal, 5(12), 33-42.
  • Nicholas, M., Asghari, A. (2001). Pain self-efficacy and pain behaviour. A prospective study. Pain, 94, 85-100.

Conferences

  • Tague, G., Loftus, S., Devonshire, E., Siddall, P., Taylor, I., Cousins, M., Mather, L., Nicholas, M. (2006). International Collaboration in Graduate Pain Management Education. Pain Across the Lifespan: The 26th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Pain Society, unkown.
  • Stewart, M., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Bogduk, N., Nicholas, M. (2005). Effectiveness of exercise or advice for the treatment of chronic whiplash. Proceedings of the MPA 14th Biennial Conference. Centre for Workplace culture change.
  • Maher, C., Pengel, L., Refshauge, K., Nicholas, M., McNair, P., Herbert, R. (2005). Exercise and/or advice for subacute low back pain. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia 14th Biennial Conference 2005, Australia: Australian Physiotherapy Association.

2014

  • Sharpe, L., Haggmann, S., Nicholas, M., Dear, B., Refshauge, K. (2014). Avoidance of affective pain stimuli predicts chronicity in patients with acute low back pain. Pain, 155, 45-52. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M., Asghari, A., Sharpe, L., Brnabic, A., Wood, B., Overton, S., Tonkin, L., de Sousa, M., Finniss, D., Beeston, L., Sutherland, A., Corbett, M., Brooker, C. (2014). Cognitive exposure versus avoidance in patients with chronic pain: Adherence matters. European Journal of Pain, 18(3), 424-437. [More Information]
  • Traeger, A., Moseley, G., Hubscher, M., Lee, H., Skinner, I., Nicholas, M., Henschke, N., Refshauge, K., Blyth, F., Main, C., et al (2014). Pain education to prevent chronic low back pain: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 4(6), 1-7.

2013

  • Hunt, M., Keefe, F., Bryant, C., Metcalf, B., Ahamed, Y., Nicholas, M., Bennell, K. (2013). A physiotherapist-delivered, combined exercise and pain coping skills training intervention for individuals with knee osteoarthritis: A pilot study. The Knee, 20(2), 106-112. [More Information]
  • Wood, B., Nicholas, M., Blyth, F., Asghari, A., Gibson, S. (2013). Catastrophizing Mediates the Relationship Between Pain Intensity and Depressed Mood in Older Adults With Persistent Pain. The Journal of Pain, 14(2), 149-157. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M., Asghari, A., Blyth, F., Wood, B., Murray, R., McCabe, R., Brnabic, A., Beeston, L., Corbett, M., Sherrington, C., Overton, S. (2013). Self-management intervention for chronic pain in older adults: A randomised controlled trial. Pain, 154(6), 824-835. [More Information]

2012

  • Shaw, W., Tveito, T., Geehern-Lavoie, M., Huang, Y., Nicholas, M., Reme, S., Wagner, G., Pransky, G. (2012). Adapting principles of chronic pain self-management to the workplace. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34(8), 694-703. [More Information]
  • Macedo, L., Latimer, J., Maher, C., Hodges, P., McAuley, J., Nicholas, M., Tonkin, L., Stanton, C., Stanton, T., Stafford, R. (2012). Effect of motor control exercises versus graded activity in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. Physical Therapy, 92(3), 363-377. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M., Asghari, A., Corbett, M., Smeets, R., Wood, B., Overton, S., Perry, C., Tonkin, L., Beeston, L. (2012). Is adherence to pain self-management strategies associated with improved pain, depression and disability in those with disabling chronic pain? European Journal of Pain, 16(1), 93-104. [More Information]
  • Sharpe, L., Ianiello, M., Dear, B., Perry, K., Refshauge, K., Nicholas, M. (2012). Is there a potential role for attention bias modification in pain patients? Results of 2 randomised, controlled trials. Pain, 153(3), 722-731. [More Information]
  • Sharpe, L., Gittins, C., Correia, H., Meade (nee Covic), T., Nicholas, M., Raue, P., McDonald, S., Arean, P. (2012). Problem-solving versus cognitive restructuring of medically ill seniors with depression (PROMISE-D trial): Study protocol and design. BMC Psychiatry, 12(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Cardosa, M., Osman, Z., Nicholas, M., Tonkin, L., Williams, A., Aziz, K., Ali, R., Dahari, N. (2012). Self-management of chronic pain in Malaysian patients: effectiveness trial with 1-year follow-up. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 2(1), 30-37. [More Information]
  • Dominick, C., Blyth, F., Nicholas, M. (2012). Unpacking the burden: Understanding the relationships between chronic pain and comorbidity in the general population. Pain, 153(2), 293-304. [More Information]

2011

  • Brandini, D., Benson, J., Nicholas, M., Murray, G., Peck, C. (2011). Chewing in Temporomandibular Disorder Patients: An Exploratory Study of an Association With Some Psychological Variables. Journal of Orofacial Pain, 25(1), 56-67. [More Information]
  • Hush, J., Nicholas, M. (2011). Cognitive behavioral treatment for low back pain: Case study and commentary. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, 18(2), 85-95.
  • Linton, S., Nicholas, M., MacDonald, S. (2011). Development of a Short Form of the Örebro Musculoskeletal Pain Screening Questionnaire. Spine, 36(22), 1891-1895. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M., Linton, S., Watson, P., Main, C. (2011). Early Identification and Management of Psychological Risk Factors ("Yellow Flags") in Patients With Low Back Pain: A Reappraisal. Physical Therapy, 91(5), 737-753. [More Information]
  • Blyth, F., Cumming, R., Nicholas, M., Creasey, H., Handelsman, D., Le Couteur, D., Naganathan, V., Sambrook, P., Seibel, M., Waite, L. (2011). Intrusive Pain and Worry about Health in Older Men: The CHAMP Study. Pain, 152(2), 447-452. [More Information]
  • Perry, K., Nicholas, M., Middleton, J. (2011). Multidisciplinary cognitive behavioural pain management programmes for people with a spinal cord injury: design and implementation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 33(13-14), 1272-1280. [More Information]
  • Blake, D., Sharpe, L., Nicholas, M., Refshauge, K. (2011). Pain-Related Attentional Biases: The Importance of the Personal Relevance and Ecological Validity of Stimuli. The Journal of Pain, 12(6), 625-632. [More Information]
  • Dominick, C., Blyth, F., Nicholas, M. (2011). Patterns of chronic pain in the New Zealand population. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1337), 63-76. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M., George, S. (2011). Psychologically informed interventions for low back pain: An update for physical therapists. Physical Therapy, 91(5), 765-776. [More Information]
  • Hall, A., Kamper, S., Maher, C., Latimer, J., Ferreira, M., Nicholas, M. (2011). Symptoms of depression and stress mediate the effect of pain on disability. Pain, 152(5), 1044-1051. [More Information]
  • Dear, B., Sharpe, L., Nicholas, M., Refshauge, K. (2011). The Psychometric Properties of the Dot-Probe Paradigm When Used in Pain-Related Attentional Bias Research. The Journal of Pain, 12(12), 1247-1254. [More Information]
  • Linton, S., Nicholas, M., MacDonald, S., Boersma, K., Bergbom, S., Maher, C., Refshauge, K. (2011). The role of depression and catastrophizing in musculoskeletal Pain. European Journal of Pain, 15(4), 416-422. [More Information]

2010

  • Sharpe, L., Nicholson Perry, K., Rogers, P., Dear, B., Nicholas, M., Refshauge, K. (2010). A comparison of the effect of attention training and relaxation on responses to pain. Pain, 150(3), 469-476. [More Information]
  • Wood, B., Nicholas, M., Blyth, F., Asghari, A., Gibson, S. (2010). Assessing Pain in Older People With Persistent Pain: The NRS Is Valid But Only Provides Part of the Picture. The Journal of Pain, 11(12), 1259-1266. [More Information]
  • Haggmann, S., Sharpe, L., Nicholas, M., Refshauge, K. (2010). Attentional Biases Toward Sensory Pain Words in Acute and Chronic Pain Patients. The Journal of Pain, 11(11), 1136-1145. [More Information]
  • Nicholson Perry, K., Nicholas, M., Middleton, J. (2010). Comparison of a pain management program with usual care in a pain management center for people with spinal cord injury-related chronic pain. Clinical Journal of Pain, 26(3), 206-216. [More Information]
  • Tveito, T., Shaw, W., Huang, Y., Nicholas, M., Wagner, G. (2010). Managing Pain in the Workplace: A Focus Group Study of Challenges, Strategies and What Matters Most to Workers with Low Back Pain. Disability and Rehabilitation, 32(24), 2035-2045. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M. (2010). Obstacles to recovery after an episode of low back pain; the 'usual suspects' are not always guilty. Pain, 148(3), 363-364. [More Information]
  • Dehghani, M., Sharpe, L., Nicholas, M. (2010). Structural evaluation of the contemporary psychological models of chronic pain: Does fear of pain work for all? Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 39(3), 214-224. [More Information]
  • Wood, B., Nicholas, M., Blyth, F., Asghari, A., Gibson, S. (2010). The Utility of the Short Version of the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS-21) in Elderly Patients with Persistent Pain: Does Age Make a Difference? Pain Medicine, 11(12), 1780-1790. [More Information]

2009

  • Asghari, A., Nicholas, M. (2009). An Investigation of Pain Self-Efficacy Beliefs in Iranian Chronic Pain Patients: A Preliminary Validation of a Translated English-Language Scale. Pain Medicine, 10(4), 619-632.
  • Nicholas, M., Coulston, C., Asghari, A., Malhi, G. (2009). Depressive symptoms in patients with chronic pain. Medical Journal of Australia, 190(7 Suppl), S66-S70. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M. (2009). First things first: Reductions in catastrophising before fear of movement. Pain, 145, 6-7. [More Information]
  • Finniss, D., Nicholas, M., Benedetti, F. (2009). Placebo analgesia - understanding the mechanisms and implications for clinical practice. Reviews in Pain, 3(2), 15-19.
  • Nicholson Perry, K., Nicholas, M., Middleton, J., Siddall, P. (2009). Psychological characteristics of people with spinal cord injury-related persisting pain referred to a tertiary pain management center. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 46(1), 57-68. [More Information]
  • Flink, I., Nicholas, M., Boersma, K., Linton, S. (2009). Reducing the threat value of chronic pain: A preliminary replicated single-case study of interoceptive exposure versus distraction in six individuals with chronic back pain. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47(8), 721-728.
  • Nicholson Perry, K., Nicholas, M., Middleton, J. (2009). Spinal cord injury-related pain in rehabilitation: A cross-sectional study of relationships with cognitions, mood and physical function. European Journal of Pain, 13, 511-517. [More Information]
  • Law, R., Harvey, L., Nicholas, M., Tonkin, L., de Sousa, M., Finniss, D. (2009). Stretch exercises increase tolerance to stretch in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain: a randomized controlled trial. Physical Therapy, 89(10), 1016-1026. [More Information]
  • Sarda, J., Nicholas, M., Asghari, A., Pimenta, C. (2009). The contribution of self-efficacy and depression to disability and work status in chronic pain patients: A comparison between Australian and Brazilian samples. European Journal of Pain, 13(2), 189-195. [More Information]
  • McGowan, N., Sharpe, L., Refshauge, K., Nicholas, M. (2009). The effect of attentional re-training and threat expectancy in response to acute pain. Pain, 142(1-2), 101-107. [More Information]

2008

  • Macedo, L., Latimer, J., Maher, C., Hodges, P., Nicholas, M., Tonkin, L., McAuley, J., Stafford, R. (2008). Motor control or graded activity exercises for chronic low back pain? A randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 9, 65 - 1-65 - 9. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M. (2008). On adherence to self-management strategies. European Journal of Pain, 13, 113-114. [More Information]
  • Stewart, M., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Nicholas, M. (2008). Patient and clinician treatment preferences do not moderate the effect of exercise treatment in chronic whiplash-associated disorders. European Journal of Pain, 12(7), 879-885. [More Information]
  • Sarda, J., Nicholas, M., Pimenta, C., Asghari, A. (2008). Psychometric properties of the DASS-Depression scale among a Brazilian population with chronic pain. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 64(1), 25-31.
  • Nicholas, M., Asghari, A., Blyth, F. (2008). What do the numbers mean? Normative data in chronic pain measures. Pain, 134(1-2), 158-173. [More Information]

2007

  • Pengel, L., Refshauge, K., Maher, C., Nicholas, M., Herbert, R., McNair, P. (2007). Physiotherapist-directed exercise, advice, or both for sub-acute low back pain: A randomized trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, 146(11), 787-796.
  • Stewart, M., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Bogduk, N., Nicholas, M. (2007). Randomized controlled trial of exercise for chronic whiplash associated disorders. Pain, 128(1-2), 59-68.
  • Stewart, M., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Bogduk, N., Nicholas, M. (2007). Randomized controlled trial of exercise for chronic whiplash-associated disorders. Pain, 128(1-2), 59-68. [More Information]
  • Blyth, F., Macfarlane, G., Nicholas, M. (2007). Response to Ms. Nielsen's Letter to the Editor of Pain. Pain, 131(3). [More Information]
  • Stewart, M., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Bogduk, N., Nicholas, M. (2007). Responsiveness of pain and disability measures for chronic whiplash. Spine, 32(5), 580-585. [More Information]
  • Blyth, F., Macfarlane, G., Nicholas, M. (2007). The contribution of psychosocial factors to the development of chronic pain: the key to better outcomes for patients? Pain, 129(1), 8-11. [More Information]

2006

  • van Leeuwen, M., Blyth, F., March, L., Nicholas, M., Cousins, M. (2006). Chronic pain and reduced work effectiveness: the hidden cost to Australian employers. European Journal of Pain, 10(2), 161-166. [More Information]
  • Finniss, D., Murphy, P., Brooker, C., Nicholas, M., Cousins, M. (2006). Complex regional pain syndrome in children and adolescents. European Journal of Pain, 10(8), 767-770. [More Information]
  • Molloy, A., Nicholas, M., Asghari, A., Beeston, L., Dehghani, M., Cousins, M., Brooker, C., Tonkin, L. (2006). Does a Combination of Intensive Cognitive-Behavioral Pain Management and a Spinal Implantable Device Confer any Advantage? A Preliminary Examination. Pain practice : the official journal of World Institute of Pain, 6(2), 96-103. [More Information]
  • Tague, G., Loftus, S., Devonshire, E., Siddall, P., Taylor, I., Cousins, M., Mather, L., Nicholas, M. (2006). International Collaboration in Graduate Pain Management Education. Pain Across the Lifespan: The 26th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Pain Society, unkown.
  • Nicholas, M., Asghari, A. (2006). Investigating acceptance in adjustment to chronic pain: Is acceptance broader than we thought? Pain, 124(3), 269-279. [More Information]
  • Asghari, A., Nicholas, M. (2006). Personality and pain-related beliefs/coping strategies: A prospective study. Clinical Journal of Pain, 22(1), 10-18.
  • Nicholas, M., Asghari, A. (2006). Response to letter by McCracken et al. (2006). Pain. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M. (2006). The pain self-efficacy questionnaire: Taking pain into account. European Journal of Pain, 11(2), 153-163. [More Information]
  • Nicholas, M., Molloy, A., Brooker, C. (2006). Using opioids with persisting noncancer pain: a biopsychosocial perspective. Clinical Journal of Pain, 22(2), 137-146. [More Information]

2005

  • Stewart, M., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Bogduk, N., Nicholas, M. (2005). Effectiveness of exercise or advice for the treatment of chronic whiplash. Proceedings of the MPA 14th Biennial Conference. Centre for Workplace culture change.
  • Maher, C., Pengel, L., Refshauge, K., Nicholas, M., McNair, P., Herbert, R. (2005). Exercise and/or advice for subacute low back pain. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia 14th Biennial Conference 2005, Australia: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Blyth, F., March, L., Nicholas, M., Cousins, M. (2005). Self-management of chronic pain: a population-based study. Pain, 113(3), 285-292. [More Information]
  • Taylor, R., Lovibond, P., Nicholas, M., Cayley, C., Wilson, P. (2005). The Utility of Somatic Items in the Assessment of Depression in Patients With Chronic Pain. A Comparison of the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale and the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales in Chronic Pain and Clinical and Community Samples. Clinical Journal of Pain, 21(1), 91-100.
  • Franche, R., Baril, R., Shaw, W., Nicholas, M., Loisel, P. (2005). Workplace-Based Return-to-Work Interventions: Optimizing the Role of Stakeholders in Implementation and Research. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 15(4), 525-542. [More Information]

2004

  • Moseley, G., Nicholas, M., Hodges, P. (2004). A Randomized Controlled Trial Of Intensive Neurophysiology Education In Chronic Low Back Pain. Clinical Journal of Pain, 20(5), 324-330.
  • Moseley, G., Nicholas, M., Hodges, P. (2004). Does Anticipation Of Back Pain Predispose To Back Trouble? Brain, 127(10), 2339-2347.
  • Dehghani, M., Sharpe, L., Nicholas, M. (2004). Modification of Attentional Biases in Chronic Pain Patients: A Preliminary Study. European Journal of Pain, 8(6), 585-594.
  • Moseley, G., Nicholas, M., Hodges, P. (2004). Pain Differs From Non-Painful Attention-Demanding Or Stressful Tasks In Its Effect On Postural Control Patterns Of Trunk Muscles. Experimental Brain Research, 156(1), 64-71. [More Information]
  • Asghari, A., Nicholas, M. (2004). Pain During Mammography: The Role Of Coping Strategies. Pain, 108(1-2), 170-179.
  • Jolliffe, C., Nicholas, M. (2004). Verbally Reinforcing Pain Reports: An Experimental Test Of The Operant Model Of Chronic Pain. Pain, 107(1-2), 167-175.
  • Nicholas, M. (2004). When To Refer To A Pain Clinic. Best Practice and Research: Clinical Rheumatology, 18(4), 613-629. [More Information]

2003

  • Stewart, M., Maher, C., Refshauge, K., Herbert, R., Bogduk, N., Nicholas, M. (2003). Advice or exercise for chronic whiplash disorders? Design of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 4(18), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Blyth, F., March, L., Nicholas, M., Cousins, M. (2003). Chronic pain, work performance and litigation. Pain, 103(1-2), 41-47.
  • Nicholas, M., Molloy, A. (2003). Cognitive behavioural therapy for chronic pain patients. Medicine Today, 4(8 Supplement), 12-17.
  • Nicholas, M. (2003). Managed care policies and pain management programs. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 11, 1-1.
  • Dehghani, M., Sharpe, L., Nicholas, M. (2003). Selective attention to pain-related information in chronic musculoskeletal pain patients. Pain, 105, 37-46.

2002

  • Nicholas, M., Molloy, A. (2002). Chronic pain control integrating medical and psychosocial treatment options. New Ethicals Journal, 5(12), 33-42.
  • Nicholas, M. (2002). Reducing disability in injured workers: the importance of collaborative management. In Linton, SJ (Eds.), Pain Research and Clinical Management, (pp. 33-46). Amsterdam: BMJ Publishing Group.

2001

  • Nicholas, M., Wright, S. (2001). Management of acute and chronic pain. In J Milgrom, GD Burrows (Eds.), Psychology and Psychiatry: Integrating Medical Practice, (pp. 127-153). Chichester, UK: Sage Publications.
  • Nicholas, M., Asghari, A. (2001). Pain self-efficacy and pain behaviour. A prospective study. Pain, 94, 85-100.

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