Dr Ben Colagiuri
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher
A19 - Griffith Taylor Building
The University of Sydney
I received my PhD in 2010 from the School of Psychology, University of Sydney, Australia, where I currently hold a Senior Lectureship and an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. The majority of my research focuses on the placebo effect, associative learning, and psycho-oncology - with the common element being an experimental approach whereby I use experimental models to understand these fascinating aspects of human behaviour.
More details about my research and publications can be found on my personal page.
Current research students
|Project title||Research student|
|The Role of Expectancy in Withdrawal Symptoms||Llew MILLS|
|Exploring attention and interpretation biases in the understanding and treatment of chronic pain||Jemma TODD|
|The effect of choice on placebo treatment for sleep||Valerie YEUNG SHI CHUNG|
Awards and honours
International Congress of Behavioural Medicine Early Career Researcher Award, International Society for Behavioural Medicine, 2016
Finalist, Top 5 Under 40 ABC Science Communication Competition 2016
New South Wales Young Tall Poppy Science Award, Australian Institute for Policy and Science, 2015
Australian Psychological Society (APS) Early Career Research Award, 2014
Postgraduate Publication Prize, School of Psychology, University of Sydney, 2009
Campbell-Perry International Research Travel Prize, 2007
Australian Postgraduate Award, 2006-2009
Best Presentation, University of Sydney Postgraduate Psychology Conference, 2006
Commonwealth Learning Scholarship for Academic Achievement, 2005
Invited to International Golden Key Society for Academic Achievement, 2003
In the media
The Midday Interview with Margaret Throsby, ABC Classic FM, 22nd March, 2016
Expert guest on SBS Insight’s feature “Placebo”, 22nd February, 2016
Featured on ABC Nano’s mini-documentary “Why warning labels have side effects”, 14th December, 2015
Invited article “The Placebo effect: all this hype about nothing?” for InPsych, the Australian Psychological Society’s magazine, October, 2015.
Interviewed on Prime7 News story “The placebo effect”, 22nd November, 2014
Selected to represent Psychology Foundation of Australia at Science Meets Parliament, including presenting to Federal MPs, 17-18th November, 2012
Featured in a Women’s Health story on “Placebo: fake pill, real power”, 14th November, 2011
Expert guest on Triple J Hack’s feature on the placebo effect, 4th September, 2009
- Something from nothing: how placebo effects are formed and maintained; Colagiuri B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).
- RCTs on Trial: How Placebo Effects Could Undermine Double-blind RCTs; Colagiuri B, Sharpe L; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
- Exploring placebo effects in RCTs; Colagiuri B; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.
- The role of reward expectancy and reward availability in appetitive motivation; Lovibond P, Colagiuri B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
- The psychometrics of pain: a collaboration to improve pain assessment in clinical trials; McGrane J, Colagiuri B, Sharpe L; The University of Western Australia/Research Collaboration Award.
- Extinction of placebo effects; Colagiuri B; UNSW/Early Career Research Grant.
- The placebo effect and its mechanisms; Colagiuri B; UNSW/Vice Chancellors Postdoctoral Fellowship.
- A pilot RCT comparing acupuncture needling alone with acupuncture needling plus lifestyle advice for chronic low back pain; Colagiuri B; Western Sydney University./Research Seed Grant.
- The effects of acupuncture and instruction on exercise recovery in healthy young adults; Cheema B, Colagiuri B, Smith C; Western Sydney University./New Project Development Program Grant.
- Educating patients about chemotherapy and side-effects: What do nurses say?; Dhillon H, Jacquet J, Butow P, Jansen J, Colagiuri B, Cox K; DVC Research/Cancer Research Fund.