Whiplash Team

Professor Justin Kenardy (BSc Hons, PhD, FAPS)

Justin Kenardy

The University of Queensland
Acting Director - Injury Research Centre (CONROD), Chief Investigator, CCRE Spine and Principal Author of the Whiplash evidence based information resource.

Justin Kenardy is a clinical health psychologist and Professor in the Schools of Psychology and Medicine and is Deputy Director of the Injury Research Centre (CONROD) at the University of
Queensland. He works in the broad area of the interface between physical and psychological health. He has particular interests in injury,  post-traumatic stress, and pain in both adults and children. Professor Kenardy has published over 170 scientific works, and has been cited over 5000 times. He has also developed a sister site to this focussed on Posttraumatic stress disorder www.som.uq.edu.au/ptsd

Professor Kenardy has no financial interest in any organisation associated with the Whiplash Evidence Based Information Resource.


Professor Michele Sterling (PhD, MPhty, Grad Dip Manip Physio, BPhty, FACP)

Michele Sterling2

Griffith University
Associate Director - Centre for National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD), NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and author of the Whiplash evidence based information resource.

Professor Michele Sterling is Director of the Rehabilitation (Medical and Allied Health) Research Program, Centre for National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD), The University of Queensland and a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow. Prof Sterling's main focuses of research are: the physical and psychological factors underlying whiplash associated disorders; the prediction of outcome following whiplash injury and the clinical translation of research findings to clinical practice.

The results of Professor Sterling's work have been published in highly rated international journals such as Pain, The Lancet, Clinical Journal of Pain, PlosOne and Spine. She has published over 100 scientific works, including 2 books. Dr Sterling currently serves on the editorial board of 3 international journals (Manual Therapy, JOSPT, Journal of Physiotherapy) and is Associate Editor of the European Journal of Physiotherapy. She is a reviewer for many journals including JAMA, Spine, Pain, Journal of Rheumatology.

Professor Sterling has also been awarded prizes from various professional organizations for her work including, International Federation of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists (David Lamb Award, 2005), University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Award (2005), Australian Pain Society (Best paper awards 2003, 2006, 2012), School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, UQ (Level D Investigator Award, 2010). In 2009 she was awarded a Fellowship to the Australian College of Physiotherapists by original contribution for her research work.

Professor Sterling has no financial interest in any organisation associated with the Whiplash Evidence Based Information Resource.


Dr Carrie Ritchie (PhD)

Carrie Ritchie2

The University of Queensland

Carrie Ritchie commenced work as a Senior Research Fellow with the Whiplash Research Unit within the Rehabilitation Program (Medical and Allied Health) at CONROD in 2011. She is working with Professor Michele Sterling on the derivation and validation of a clinical screening tool to assist with the prediction of recovery pathways following an acute whiplash injury. Carrie has a PhD in Exercise Physiology, and both practical and investigative experience in teaching and learning across the health sciences.

Dr Ashley Pedler (PhD)

Ashley Pedler2

The University of Queensland

Ashley Pedler is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow who has been working in whiplash research at The University of Queensland since 2006. He is currently investigating changes in the CNS in patients with whiplash using novel MRI techniques in collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Imaging. His other research interests include the development and testing of novel therapies for patients with chronic whiplash. 

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