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Assessment and intervention in chronic pain, Opioid use and misuse, measure development, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Treatment mechanism and process analysis.

20022020

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Personal profile

Research Interests

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
  • Use and development of empirically-supported treatments for physical health conditions, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Assessment measure development
  • Effective and appropriate opioid and analgesic use for chronic pain

 

Research Statement

I take a systematic approach to the study, assessment, and treatment of chronic pain and chronic illness in adults and adolescents. Through my research program, I have found that: (1) chronic pain is a complex experience, composed of more than nociception alone, (2) it is possible to improve willingness to have pain in the service of personally-identified values, even if pain remains, (3) substance misuse issues in chronic pain occur in a clinically significant minority of individuals, and (4) treatment effectiveness can be quantified as engagement in meaningful living, not merely as pain reduction. My research has resulted in just over 90 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, 1 edited book, and more than 100 national and international oral presentations.

I have worked in both clinical and academic centres of excellence across the UK and the USA. My clinical and research work have been supported by funding bodies such as the National Institutes of Health, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and Arthritis Research Council/Versus Arthritis.

In terms of formal indicators of impact, as of January 2019, my h-index is 27 with 2965 total citations on the Web of Science and 33 with 6007 total citations on Google Scholar. My m-index is 1.8 and 2.1, respectively, on these two databases. My research has been reported on by Forbes (04/2015), US News and World Report (04/2015), Vox (06/2017), and National Public Radio (05/2018). 

 

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Research Output

Opioids

Edwards, K., Vowles, K. & Witkiewitz, K., 2020, Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Zeigler-Hill, V. & Shackelford, T. K. (eds.).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Pain Anxiety as a Mechanism Linking Pain Severity and Opioid Misuse and Disability Among Individuals With Chronic Pain

Rogers, A. H., Bakhshaie, J., Zvolensky, M. J. & Vowles, K. E., 2020, In : Journal of addiction medicine. 14, 1, p. 26-31 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Patterns of Polysubstance Use among Adults with Tranquilizer Misuse

    Votaw, V. R., McHugh, R. K., Vowles, K. E. & Witkiewitz, K., 03 Jan 2020, In : Substance Use & Misuse. 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Theoretical grounds of Pain Tracker Self Manager: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy digital intervention for patients with chronic pain

    Vilardaga, R., Davies, P. S., Vowles, K. E. & Sullivan, M. D., 03 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. 15, p. 172-180 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

    B.F. Skinner Lecturer

    Kevin Vowles (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: National/international honour

    Dixie Eastridge Memorial Speaker

    Kevin Vowles (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: National/international honour

    Fellow

    Kevin Vowles (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Top cited paper, PAIN

    Kevin Vowles (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    UK Health Integration Award (Pain Management Category)

    Kevin Vowles (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)