Director, Pain Education and Pain Management Programs


Pain Management Research Institute, Northern Clinical School, Kolling Institute of Medical Research


Royal North Shore Hospital



Professor Michael K Nicholas


Dr. Michael Nicholas is a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Pain Education at the Pain Management Research Institute, and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health (Northern) at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, where he directs online post-graduate courses in pain management for all health disciplines. He also directs several multidisciplinary pain management programs at the hospital, where he maintains an active clinical role. Since completing his PhD on the evaluation of cognitive-behavioural treatments for chronic low back pain in 1988, he has established a national and international reputation for his work in pain management. He served for 10 years as member of the IASP council, including 4 years as secretary. He has participated in many IASP task forces and working groups, including the ICD-11 project, and he was the chair of the Education Initiatives Working Group for 6 years. He remains active in the Educational Programs Working Group and Interdisciplinary Pain Treatment Task Force today. Over the last two years, he has also played a role in the IASP supported Southeast Asian Pain Toolkit project aimed at assisting clinicians in Myanmar, Indonesia, and Vietnam to develop interdisciplinary pain management services. In addition to his teaching and clinical work, he has maintained an active research focus, with over 250 publications on pain assessment and management. His current research interests include the self-management of chronic pain in both the adult and older adult populations, different delivery modalities for achieving self-management strategies by people with chronic pain, and early psychosocial interventions to prevent long-term pain-related disability in injured workers.


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

8:15am EDT9:30am EDT

John D. Loeser Award Lecture: The Biopsychosocial Model of Pain Is Now 40 Years Old: Time for a Reappraisal?

Categories: Plenary Lecture, Virtual Program
Room: Plenary Room Level 800

The biopsychosocial model of pain has been generally credited with providing a unifying perspective for clinicians and researchers in extending…

Friday, September 23, 2022

1:30pm EDT3:00pm EDT

Increasing the Capacity for Delivering Interdisciplinary Pain Management in Southeast Asia: A Model for Lower Resource Regions

Tracks: Education
Categories: Topical Workshop
Room: 718 B

Despite strong evidence of the impact of pain burden globally, there is a mismatch between burden and resources for improving…