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 the 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 the 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 - 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 2 - 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.

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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