Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr. Evans is a a gynaecologist, pain medicine physician and PhD with special interest in improving the quality of life of girls and women with dysmenorrhoea, chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis.
Dr. Evans studied Medicine at the University of Tasmania, winning the Surgery Prize in her final year. She completed her specialist training in Gynecology in Adelaide in 1996, and during her last 20 years in private practice, Dr Evans personally performed over 100 laparoscopies per year. In 2015 she co-founded the not-for-profit, Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia. In 2017 she founded Alyra Biotech to facilitate the commercial development of novel therapies for pelvic pain. She is co-author of the Periods, Pain and Endometriosis (PPEP-Talk) Schools Program, and a member of the Implementation Committee for Australia’s National Action Plan for Endometriosis
Dr. Evans has a strong commitment to teaching, research and advocacy in pelvic pain. She has authored and co-authored several research papers and books , including ‘Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain’ and the policy document ‘The $6 Billion Woman and the $600 Million Girl: The Pelvic Pain Report’.
Her research interests through the University of Adelaide include her personal PhD research resulting in the novel unifying, Toll-Like Receptor-mediated, Immune Theory for dysmenorrhoea, chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis. She is involved in medical student teaching on pelvic pain, and has co-supervised 3 students through to completion of their PhD. She is currently involved in supervising research into the Language of Pelvic Pain, as a mechanism for improved communication between health practitioners and women affected by pain. . Dr Evans has been a Member of the Advisory Board of the Robinson Research Institute since 2015.
Associate Professor Susan Evans, Chair of the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia talks through what endometriosis is and what it can mean for those affected.
Video courtesy of QENDO AU
Other Research Commitments
|Research||Institution||Start Date||End Date||Additional Info|
|PhD Diss.: Investigations into the lived experience and aetiology of dysmenorrhoea and pelvic pain in young women||The University of Adelaide||2013||2020||
Principal Supervisor: Prof Paul Rolan.
Co-Supervisor: A/Prof Louise Hull
|Stanford ‘SPARK’ Bio-innovation Course||University Tokyo||2017||2017|
|Biopharma founder||Alyra Biotech Pty Ltd||2017||-|
|Pelvic Pain Language||The University of Adelaide||2018||-||Collaboration with Professor Roly Sussex and Ms Ellie Schofield|
Date Position Institution name 2011 - ongoing Honorary Lecturer University of Adelaide 1986 - ongoing Gynaecologist, Pain Medicine Physician Wellend Health
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2020 Award Springboard Enterprises E3 Program for Female Founders Springboard Enterprises (SBE) Australia - 2015 Research Award Dr Russell Cole Memorial ANZCA Research Award Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists & Faculty of Pain Medicine. Australia - 1984 Award Surgery Prize, Final Year Undergraduate Medicine The University of Tasmania Australia -
Date Institution name Country Title 2014 - 2021 University of Adelaide Australia PhD 1978 - 1984 University of Tasmania Australia MBBS Royal Australian & New Zealand College Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG) Australia Fellow Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FFPMANZCA) Australia Fellow
Year Citation 2023 Crespi, B. J., & Evans, S. F. (2023). Prenatal Origins of Endometriosis Pathology and Pain: Reviewing the Evidence of a Role for Low Testosterone. Journal of Pain Research, 16, 307-316.
2022 Brooks, T., Sharp, R., Evans, S., Scharfbillig, S., Baranoff, J., & Esterman, A. (2022). Potential Feasibility of an Online Hypnosis Intervention for Women with Persistent Pelvic Pain. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 70(2), 196-207.
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2021 Evans, S. F., Hull, M. L., Hutchinson, M. R., & Rolan, P. E. (2021). Androgens, Endometriosis and Pain.. Frontiers in reproductive health, 3, 7 pages.
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2021 Evans, S. F., Kwok, Y., Solterbeck, A., Pyragius, C., Hull, M. L., Hutchinson, M. R., & Rolan, P. (2021). The relationship between androgens and days per month of period pain, pelvic pain, headache, and TLR4 responsiveness of peripheral blood mononuclear cells in young women with dysmenorrhoea. Journal of Pain Research, 14, 585-599.
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2021 Brooks, T., Sharp, R., Evans, S., Baranoff, J., & Esterman, A. (2021). Psychological Interventions for Women with Persistent Pelvic Pain: A Survey of Mental Health Clinicians. J Multidiscip Healthc, 14, 1725-1740.
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2021 Clarke, M., Goodchild, L. M., Evans, S., Giles, L., Sullivan, S., Barr, I. G., . . . Marshall, H. (2021). Body mass index and vaccine responses following influenza vaccination during pregnancy.. Vaccine, 39(34), 4864-4870.
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2020 Evans, S. F., Kwok, Y. H., Solterbeck, A., Liu, J., Hutchinson, M. R., Hull, M. L., & Rolan, P. E. (2020). Toll-like receptor responsiveness of peripheral blood mononuclear cells in young women with dysmenorrhea. Journal of Pain Research, 13, 503-516.
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2020 Brooks, T., Sharp, R., Evans, S., Baranoff, J., & Esterman, A. (2020). Predictors of depression, anxiety and stress indicators in a cohort of women with chronic pelvic pain. Journal of Pain Research, 13, 527-536.
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2020 Brooks, T., Sharp, R., Evans, S., Baranoff, J., & Esterman, A. (2020). Corrigendum: Predictors of depression, anxiety and stress indicators in a cohort of women with chronic pelvic pain (A. J Pain Res., (2020), 13, (527–536), 10.2147/JPR.S223177). Journal of Pain Research, 13, 657.
2020 Brooks, T., Sharp, R., Evans, S., Baranoff, J., & Esterman, A. (2020). Predictors of psychological outcomes and the effectiveness and experience of psychological interventions for adult women with chronic pelvic pain: A scoping review. Journal of Pain Research, 13, 1081-1102.
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2019 Dodds, K., Beckett, E., Evans, S., & Hutchinson, M. (2019). Spinal glial adaptations occur in a minimally invasive mouse model of endometriosis: potential implications for lesion etiology and persistent pelvic pain. Reproductive Sciences, 26(3), 1-13.
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2019 Nisenblat, V., Sharkey, D., Wang, Z., Evans, S., Healey, M., Maria Ohlsson Teague, E., . . . Louise Hull, M. (2019). Plasma miRNAs display limited potential as diagnostic tools for endometriosis. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 104(6), 1999-2022.
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2019 Chalmers, K. J., Catley, M. J., Evans, S. F., & Moseley, G. L. (2019). The impact of female chronic pelvic pain questionnaire (IF-CPPQ): A validation study. Clinical Journal of Pain, 35(11), 923.
2018 Evans, S., Brooks, T., Esterman, A., Hull, M., & Rolan, P. (2018). The comorbidities of dysmenorrhea: A clinical survey comparing symptom profile in women with and without endometriosis. Journal of Pain Research, 11, 3181-3194.
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2017 Chalmers, K. J., Catley, M. J., Evans, S. F., & Moseley, G. L. (2017). Clinical assessment of the impact of pelvic pain on women. PAIN, 158(3), 498-504.
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2017 O'Callaghan, M. E., Raymond, E., Campbell, J. M., Vincent, A. D., Beckmann, K., Roder, D., . . . Moretti, K. (2017). Patient-reported outcomes after radiation therapy in men with prostate cancer: a systematic review of prognostic tool accuracy and validity. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, 98(2), 318-337.
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2017 Dodds, K. N., Beckett, E. A., Evans, S. F., & Hutchinson, M. R. (2017). Lesion development is modulated by the natural estrous cycle and mouse strain in a minimally invasive model of endometriosis. Biology of Reproduction, 97(6), 810-821.
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2016 Dodds, K., Beckett, E., Evans, S., Grace, P., Watkins, L., & Hutchinson, M. (2016). Glial contributions to visceral pain : implications for disease etiology and the female predominance of persistent pain. Translational Psychiatry, 6(9), e888-1-e888-13.
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2015 Evans, S. (2015). Management of persistent pelvic pain in girls and women. Australian Family Physician, 44(7), 454-459.
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2015 Evans, S. F., & Porter, J. M. (2015). Simplified technique for injection of Botulinum Toxin to Obturator Internus muscle using ultrasound-guided nerve stimulation for persistent pelvic pain. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 55(6), 612-614.
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2014 Hardi, G., Evans, S., & Craigie, M. (2014). A possible link between dysmenorrhoea and the development of chronic pelvic pain. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 54(6), 593-596.
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2013 Fernando, S., Soh, P., Cooper, M., Evans, S., Reid, G., Tsaltas, J., & Rombauts, L. (2013). Reliability of visual diagnosis of endometriosis. Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, 20(6), 783-789.
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2013 Evans, S. (2013). Managing chronic pelvic pain in girls and women. Medicine Today, 14(5), 54-58.
2012 Evans, S. F. (2012). Chronic pelvic pain in Australia and New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 52(6), 499-501.
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2012 Nisenblat, V., Robertson, S. A., Evans, S. F., & Hull, L. M. (2012). PLASMA miRNAS AS NON-INVASIVE BIOMARKERS FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS. FERTILITY AND STERILITY, 98(3), S217-S218.
2007 Evans, S., Moalem-Taylor, G., & Tracey, D. J. (2007). Pain and endometriosis. Pain, 132(SUPPL. 1), S22-S25.
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1998 Petrucco, O., & Evans, S. (1998). Microlaparoscopy for Suspected Pelvic Pathology - a comparison of 2 mm versus 10 mm laparoscope. Australia and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 38(2), 215-216.
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1997 Evans, S. F. (1997). Conservation of the cervix and laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy. MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 167(7), 400.
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1995 Evans, S. (1995). Obstetric Experience of Female Medical Practitioners as Patients. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 35(3), 282-285.
1990 Evans, S., & Dowling, K. (1990). The changing prevalence of cervical human papilloma virus infection. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 30(4), 375-377.
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Year Citation 2015 Dodds, K., Beckett, E., Staikopoulos, V., Evans, S., & Hutchinson, M. (2015). Novel mouse model of endometriosis permits identification of spinal glia and nociception characteristics involved in pelvic pain. In JOURNAL OF NEUROCHEMISTRY Vol. 134 (pp. 267). Cairns, AUSTRALIA: WILEY-BLACKWELL.
Year Citation - Nisenblat, V., Sharkey, D., Wang, Z., Evans, S., HEALEY, M., Ohlsson-Teague, E. M. C., . . . Hull, L. (n.d.). Supplementary Material from: Plasma microRNAs display limited potential as diagnostic tools for endometriosis.
Dr Russell Cole Memorial ANZCA Research Award, Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Foundation
Federal Government Periods, Pain and Endometriosis (PPEPTalk) Schools Program Grant
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Adelaide Medical School
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2021 Co-Supervisor Using language as a diagnostic tool for women with chronic pelvic pain Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Part Time Miss Eleanor Jane Schofield
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Exploring the Role of Spinal Glia and Toll-Like Receptor 4 in the Development of Endometriosis and Neuroimmune-Associated Pain Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Kelsi Nicole Dodds
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