Carolyn Berryman

Dr Carolyn Berryman

NHMRC Early Career Fellow

School of Biomedicine

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I am passionate about improving the outcomes for people recovering from injury or managing persistent pain. Coming from a clinical Physiotherapy background I have worked first hand with recovering clients and experienced frustration when recovery fails to occur. My research uses brain stimulation and imaging techniques to investigate the intersection between immune function, neuroplasticity, and cognition in healthy people, people with persistent pain and those who have recovered.

I am passionate about improving the outcomes for people recovering from injury or managing persistent pain. Coming from a clinical Physiotherapy background I have worked first hand with recovering clients and experienced frustration when recovery fails to occur. My research uses brain stimulation and imaging techniques to investigate the intersection between immune function, neuroplasticity, and cognition in healthy people, people with persistent pain and those who have recovered. 

Available Research Projects
Brain Stimulation, Imaging and Cognition Research Group

The Brain Stimulation, Imaging and Cognition research group is primarily focused on investigating the neural underpinnings of brain health in health and disease. Our goal is to produce high quality research that informs novel therapeutic interventions to develop, maintain and rehabilitate human motor, sensory and cognitive function.

Research Project 1 - The influence of vagal nerve stimulation on corticospinal excitability

Project description: Neuroplasticity is an important physiological characteristic of the brain and underpins learning, memory, response to and recovery from injury. We are interested to investigate the effect of vagal nerve stimulation on neuroplasticity.

Projects available for: Third Year / Honours / HDR / Masters / Mphil
Location: AHMS (Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences Building, North Tce); SAHMRI
Research project start: Semester 1 and 2

Research Project 2 - Does brain plasticity matter in the recovery from persistent lower back pain?

Project description: Neuroplasticity is an important physiological characteristic of the brain and underpins learning, memory, response to and recovery from injury. We are interested to index brain plasticity and investigate it's contribution to a "recovery coach" intervention for persistent low back pain.

Projects available for: Third Year / Honours / HDR / Masters / Mphil
Location: AHMS (Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences Building, North Tce); SAHMRI
Research project start: Semester 1 and 2

Research Project 3 - Does an immune challenge change cortical excitability?

Project description: This study investigates whether the immune response to a fluvax changes cortical excitability and cognitive function. We will investigate this by measuring the brain response to a brief magnetic pulse over the head and testing cognitive function using a Wisconsin card sorting test.

Projects available for: Third Year / Honours / HDR / Masters / Mphil
Location: AHMS (Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences Building, North Tce); SAHMRI
Research project start: Semester 1 and 2

 

Research Interests

Carolyn Berryman is a physiotherapist with a multidisciplinary, pain sciences approach to the treatment of, and teaching about, neuroimmunomusculoskeletal disorders. She has over 20 years’ experience as a clinician, much of it managing a medium sized private practice and has spent over 20 years lecturing and tutoring on the physiotherapy program at the University of South Australia. Carolyn has convened and addressed several major conferences both in Australia and overseas. Having a long term interest in pain management, Carolyn completed her masters of Medical Science (Pain Management) at the University of Sydney in 2005 and completed her PhD at UniSA in 2015. Supervised by Prof Lorimer Moseley, it examined the association between chronic pain, cognitive impairment and somatic hypervigilance. Carolyn has been awarded an NH&MRC early career fellowship and in conjuction with Dr Nigel Rogasch and Prof Lorimer Moseley, is investigating brain plasticity and its contributions to recovery in people with chronic pain.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 - 2023 Research Associate SAHMRI
    2017 - 2021 NHMRC Early Career Fellow The University of Adelaide
    2017 Adjunct Post Doctoral Research Fellow University of South Australia
    2016 Professional Advisor (Physiotherapy Services) Returnto Work SA
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Distinction Australian College of Physiotherapy titled Pain Physiotherapist Australian Physiotherapy Association Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Japanese Can speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2011 - 2015 University of South Australia Australia PhD
    1998 - 2005 University of Sydney Australia Master of Science, Medicine (Pain Management)
    1990 - 1991 University of South Australia Australia Master of Applied Science Hons IIa (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy)
    1983 - 1986 University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2011 The Art and Science of Scientific Writing Abelard Australia
    2009 NVivo training Flinders University, Adelaide Australia
    2005 Health Research Methods and Biostatistics University of South Australia, Adelaide Australia
  • Research Interests

2019:     Robinson Research Institute Co-creation workshop program ($4200)

2018:     Research Infrastructure Funding Award, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences ($6,330.00)

2018:     Research Travel Award (Round 1), Faculty of Health and Medical Science ($1000)

2017:     Faculty of Health and Medical Science, Start up Funding ($20,000)

2017:     NH&MRC Early Career Fellow

2016:     Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Division of Health Sciences, Body in Mind Research Group, University of South Australia, January to October, 0.4 FTE.

2015:     Research Associate, Division of Health Sciences, Body in Mind Research Group, University of South Australia, April to September, 0.8 FTE.

2015:     Australian Pain Society Annual Conference, Brisbane, March, Student Conference Travel Grant ($500).

2014:     The First CiNet Conference, New Directions in Pain Neuroscience, Osaka, Dec, Travel Award, registration and accommodation paid.

2014:     Australian Pain Society Annual Conference, Hobart, April, Student Conference Travel Grant ($500).

2014:     Conference travel scholarship, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia to attend European Congress on Pain (EFIC), Florence, October ($1000).

2013:     European Congress on Pain, Florence, October, Travel Award, accommodation, meals and half travel costs covered.

2012:     Conference travel scholarship, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia to attend the 14th World Congress on Pain, Milan, August ($1000).

2011 – 2015: Australian Postgraduate Award, University of South Australia ($23,000 – $26,000 per annum).

2011 – 2015: University top up scholarship, University of South Australia ($6,000 - $7,000 per annum).

1998:     University of Sydney Master of Pain Medicine/Pain Science programme, MundiPharma Post-graduate Student Award ($6000).

1990:     University of South Australia, Masters of Applied Science programme, Public Health Postgraduate Scholarship, Flinders Medical Centre ($6000).

 

 

 

 

 

2019 - annually Pain Revolution Pain Educator Network (www.painrevolution.org), University of South Australia, Educator for Professional and Community Seminars for Pain Revolution outreach tour (see video below)

1990 - present University of South Australia, adjunct Senior Lecturer and Clinical Educator, Masters of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy

1999 – 2013: NeuroOrthopaedic Institute, Senior Lecturer responsible for curriculum development and implementation of Pain Sciences Program at the University of South Australia (0.4 FTE).

1989 – 1999: University of South Australia, Clinical Educator, Postgraduate and Undergraduate Physiotherapy programs (0.3 FTE).

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Co-Supervisor Evaluating the efficacy of peripheral nerve stimulation via a novel graft antenna to reduce neuroinflammation following traumatic spinal cord injury Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ryan Dorrian
    2021 Co-Supervisor Advancing physiotherapy management of chronic pain by improving implementation of evidence-based practice. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Cameron Dickson
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Repeatability of synaptic plasticity induction The University of Adelaide Honours Ellen Williams
    2019 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Breathing techniques: a sigh of relief for people with chronic pain University of South Australia IPHH Doctorate Full Time Joanne Boukley
    2019 - ongoing Principal Supervisor The accuracy, credibility and comprehensiveness of online information for complex regional pain syndrome University of South Australia BAppSc (Physiotherapy) Honours Emily Moore
    2019 - ongoing Co-Supervisor The neurophysiological properties of the heartbeat evoked potential in health and disease University of South Australia B Psychology Master Erica Wilkinson
    2019 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Interhemispheric inhibition in people who have recovered from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome University of South Australia B App Sc (Physiotherapy) Honours Ashraf Gerges
    2019 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Neuroinflammation and brain plasticity The University of Adelaide B Sc Neuroscience Other Chad Lennon
  • Mentoring

    Date Topic Location Name
    2019 - ongoing Pain science education (local pain educator) PainRevolution Alanna Cowley
    2019 - ongoing Pain science education PainRevolution Jude French
    2018 - ongoing Mentoring for PhD journey Robinson Research Institute, The University of Adelaide Kristy Kolc
    2018 - 2018 Professional development and complex injury management Retrun to Work SA Amanda Buhne
    2018 - ongoing evidence based best practice care for persistent pain and development of skills to become a local pain educator PainRevolution Amanda Simister
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Chair Education Committee PainRevolution Australia
    2019 - ongoing Co-Chair Organising Committee for the Sensorimotor Satellite meeting The University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 - 2019 Member Education committee for Pain Revolution The University of South Australia Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member Membership committee International Association for the Study of Pain United States
    2018 - ongoing Member Digital Strategy Committee International Association for the Study of Pain United States
    2017 - ongoing Member Early and Mid Career Researcher Representative Council Robinson Research Institute Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Branch Council Australian Physiotherapy Association, SA Branch South Australian Physiotherapy Association Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Pain Special Interest Group South Australian Physiotherapy Association Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    1998 - ongoing Member Australian Pain Society Australia
    1993 - ongoing Member International Association for the Study of Pain
    1986 - ongoing Member Australian Physiotherapy Association Australia
  • Community Engagement

    Date Title Engagement Type Institution Country
    2019 - 2019 Pain Revolution 2019 Public Community Engagement University of South Australia Australia
    2017 - 2017 Pain Revolution Scientific Community Engagement The University of South Australia Australia
    2017 - ongoing Colour the World Orange Awareness day for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Public Community Engagement University of South Australia Australia
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2019 - ongoing Australian College of Physiotherapy Specialisation stream Health services and related Australia
    2019 - ongoing Australian College of Physiotherapists Specialisation stream Health services and related Australia
    2018 - 2018 University of South Australia Health Sciences Division Scientific research Australia
    2017 - ongoing Return to Work SA Stakeholder involvement Health services and related Australia
    2017 - ongoing University of South Australia Health Sciences Division Scientific research Australia
    2016 - ongoing ReturntoWork SA Health and Return to Work Services Legislative and political Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2013 - ongoing Consulting Editor Body in Mind Blog The University of South Australia Australia
  • Event Participation

    Date Event Name Event Type Institution Country
    2020 - 2020 Pain Revolution Tour Gippsland 2020 Networking event University of South Australia Australia
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Chair, Education Committee Pain Revolution Australia
    2018 - 2019 Co-Chair Australasian Neuroscience Society, Sensorimotor Satellite Symposium Australia
    2017 - ongoing Co-Convenor Color the World Orange Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Awareness Day Annual Public Seminar Australia
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2020 - 2020 Mirrors and brain trickery, how the brain can influence rehabilitation Australian Podiatry Association Annual Conference The University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 - 2019 Cognitive Impairment in Persistent Pain TRANSFORM 2019 The Australian Physiotherapy Association Annual Conference The University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 - 2019 Story telling in the clinic RACP Melbourne St North Adelaide Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Australia
    2019 - 2019 Management of chronic breathlessness - what have we learnt from pain? The University of South Australia, Magill Campus The University of South Australia Australia
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2019 - 2019 Perioperative syrum 25 hydroxivitamin D levels as a predictor of postoperative opioid use Peer Review The University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2019 Strength Assessment under dual task condition in women with fibromyalgia: A test-retest reliability study Peer Review The University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2020 Visualization and clinical relevance of nigrosome-1 in patients with Parkinson’s disease Thesis Review University of South Australia
    2019 - 2019 Heart and brain responses to real versus simulated 2 chess games in trained chess players – a quantitative 3 EEG and HRV study. Peer Review The University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2019 Effects of kinetic exergames on balance training Peer Review The University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2019 "Exergames training and detraining on the upper body strength, agility and aerobic capacity in women with fibromyalgia: a single-blind, randomized, controlled trial." Peer Review The University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2019 Pain and social stereotypes:Does pain lead to more stereotyped judgments Peer Review The University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2019 Use and perceived added value of (prognostic) patient-reported measurement instruments by physiotherapists treating acute low back pain; A survey study among Dutch physiotherapists Peer Review The University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2019 Strength Assessment under dual task condition in women with fibromyalgia: A test-retest reliability study Peer Review The University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2019 Physiotherapy and outcomes for complex regional pain syndrome Peer Review The University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2019 Fibromyalgia and shoulder surgery: a systematic review and a critical appraisal of the literature Peer Review The University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2019 Putative functional variants of PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway were associated with knee osteoarthritis susceptibility Peer Review The University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2019 Quality of life and predictive factors in women with FM Peer Review The University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2019 More than half of persons with lower limb amputation suffer from chronic back pain or residual limb pain: a systematic review with meta-analysis Peer Review BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Position: NHMRC Early Career Fellow
  • Phone: 83131305
  • Email: carolyn.berryman@adelaide.edu.au
  • Building: Norwich Building, floor G
  • Room: G 16
  • Org Unit: Medical Sciences

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