Researcher biography

Dr Rachel Elphinston is a Clinical Psychologist, early career researcher and current Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research funded Research Fellow at The University of Queensland. Her research interests focus on the psychological risk factors for pain and disability following injury and comorbid substance misuse. She has designed and implemented research projects in the area of pain and injury and is currently leading a RCT with Professor Hides to examine the effectiveness of QuikFix, a brief psychological risk-targeted telehealth intervention for young people with alcohol or other drug-related injury or illness. Dr Elphinston has a current appointment with Addiction and Mental Health Services in Metro South Health and has experience in working in multidisciplinary clinical and research teams to translate research into practice and design and implement new models of care. She also has experience in delivering edcuation and training to a wide range of health professionals and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students.