Elise Devlin

Dr Elise Devlin

Associate Lecturer

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


My research interests include connections between cognitive processes and physical symptoms/side effects (such as pain, fatigue, and nausea). In particular, the impact of patients expectations before treatment (e.g. nocebo effects); patient perspectives during healthcare encounters, and communication between patients and healthcare workers. I am also interested in potential expectancy-based side effect reduction interventions including, placebos (and open-label placebos), information framing (during the informed consent process), social influences, and other forms of suggestion.

Research Project 1

Title: Exploring the prevalence of common symptoms in healthy populations

Project description: This project would confirm the results of a previous study (Khosla, 1992), which found high levels of common symptoms reported in healthy populations. Potentially, some side effects reported during healthcare are based on preexisting symptoms, but misattributed to treatment. This has implications for the best way to target symptom reduction. 

Projects available for: Honours / Masters

Location: The University of Adelaide

Research project start: Semester 1

 

Research Project 2

Title: Open-label placebos; the impact of decaffeinated coffee

Project description: This would explore participants responses to drinking decaffeinated coffee, after being explicitly told this is the case. 

Projects available for: Honours / Masters

Location: The University of Adelaide

Research project start: Semester 1

 

Research Project 3

Title: The impact of communication on individuals perception

Project description: This project would involve lab and/or survey based investigations of how people respond to different presentations of information (verbal, or visual - such as the colour or size of a medication)

Projects available for: Honours / Masters

Location: The University of Adelaide

Research project start: Semester 1

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2018 Associate Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2017 Associate Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2017 Research Assistant University of South Australia, Adelaide
    2015 - 2016 Tutor The University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2015 Senior Therapist Flinders University
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Award Frank Dalziel Prize The University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 Award 2018 APS College of Health Psychology Excellent Higher Degree Thesis Award Australian Psychological Society Australia
    2018 Award Faculty of Health and Medical Science Research Travel Award The University of Adelaide Australia
    2017 Award Best of the Best Award for Best Mini-Discussion Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Australia
    2015 Teaching Award Faculty of Health Science Excellence in Teaching Award The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2013 - 2018 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2007 - 2011 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Devlin, E. J., Whitford, H. S., Denson, L. A., & Potter, A. E. (2019). 'Just as I expected': A longitudinal cohort study of the impact of response expectancies on side effect experiences during radiotherapy for prostate cancer.. Journal of pain and symptom management, 57(2), 273-281.
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    2019 Devlin, E. J., Whitford, H. S., & Denson, L. A. (2019). The impact of valence framing on response expectancies of side effects and subsequent experiences: a randomised controlled trial.. Psychology & health, 1-20.
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    2017 Devlin, E., Denson, L., & Whitford, H. (2017). Cancer treatment side effects: a meta-analysis of the relationship between response expectancies and experience. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 54(2), 245-258.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS9 Europe PMC3
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2018 Devlin, E., Whitford, H., Denson, L., & Potter, A. (2018). PREDICTING TOXICITY SEVERITY: THE LONGITUDINAL IMPACT OF RESPONSE EXPECTANCIES DURING RADIOTHERAPY FOR PROSTATE CANCER. In INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE Vol. 25 (pp. S157). SPRINGER.
    2017 Devlin, E. J., Whitford, H. S., Denson, L. A., & Potter, A. E. (2017). Just as I Expected: The Impact of Pretreatment Response Expectancies of Radiotherapy Toxicities. In ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY Vol. 13 (pp. 108-109). WILEY.
    2016 Devlin, E. J., Whitford, H., & Denson, L. (2016). Exploring information 'priming' as a method for reducing response expectancy formation and subsequent experience of side-effects: A randomised controlled trial. In INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY Vol. 51 (pp. 675). ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD.

Faculty of Health Sciences Divisional Scholarship (2013-2016)

 

2019

Course Coordinator, Online Graduate Diploma (Learning and Behaviour)

Psychology 1A (first year topic)

Research Methods (first year topic)

Psychology 1B (first year topic)

Perception and Cognition (Language; third year topic)

2018

Psychology 1A (first year topic)

Psychology 1B (first year topic)

Perception and Cognition (Language; third year topic)

Big Picture Psychology: Global Challenges, Psychological Perspectives (second year topic)

2017

Doing Research in Psychology: Advanced (third year topic)

Perception and Cognition (Language; third year topic)

 

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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2019 Co-Supervisor A Meta-Analysis of Multi-Arm Trials in Acupuncture Treatments for Headaches: Is it a Placebo Effect? The University of Adelaide Honours Yanni Liang
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor General Practitioners' Attitudes to Open-Label Placebos The University of Adelaide Honours Kaitlyn Matthews
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Member Faculty of Health and Medical Science Research Seminar Series Committee The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2019 - ongoing Member Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy United Kingdom
    2018 - ongoing Member Society for Interdisciplinary Placebo Studies (SIPS) Denmark
  • Position: Associate Lecturer
  • Phone: 83137779
  • Email: elise.devlin@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 3770
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor 5
  • Room: 5 13
  • Org Unit: Psychology

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