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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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Chronic Pain Medicine & Life Sciences
Pain Medicine & Life Sciences
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Medicine & Life Sciences
Opioid Analgesics Medicine & Life Sciences
Therapeutics Medicine & Life Sciences
Alcohols Medicine & Life Sciences
Psychology Medicine & Life Sciences
Anxiety Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2002 2020

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

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Chronic Pain
Meta-Analysis
Psychology
Therapeutics

Acute and chronic pain

McEntee, M. L., Pielech, M. & Vowles, K. E., 2019, Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Zeigler-Hill, V. & Shackelford, T. K. (eds.). Living Edition ed.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Citations (Scopus)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Chronic Pain
Pain
Therapeutics
Growth

Assessing Perceived Success in Valued Living in Individuals With Long-Term Physical Health Conditions

Jensen, M. P., Devlin, H. C., Vowles, K. E. & Molton, I., 09 Jul 2019, In : JOURNAL OF AGING AND HEALTH. 31, 10, p. 195S-213S 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

pain
Pain
Health
health
Reproducibility of Results

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)

Musculoskeletal Pain
Pain Measurement
Pain Management
Health
Therapeutics