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Dr Tasha Stanton 

Position: Senior Research Fellow
Division/Portfolio: Division of Health Sciences
School/Unit: School of Health Sciences
Campus: City East Campus
Office: C7-30
Telephone: +61 8 830 22090
Fax: +61 8 830 22853
Email: Tasha_dot_Stanton_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Tasha.Stanton

Tasha Stanton is a postdoctoral research fellow working with the Body in Mind Research Group both in Adelaide (at University of South Australia) and in Sydney (at Neuroscience Research Australia). Tasha completed her PhD in 2010 and received the highly renowned Canadian Institutes of Health Research postdoctoral training award (2011-2013).

Tasha completed her training as a clinial physiotherapist in 2002 and after 2 years of clinical work, returned to complete her Master's of Science at the University of Alberta, completing in 2007. During her undergraduate and Master's degree, Tasha received 15 separate scholarships including the prestigious Universiade '83 scholarship acknowledging academic and athletic excellence and the Province of Alberta Graduate Scholarship which provided salary support during her Master's research. In 2006, Tasha received the Graduate Student Teaching Award and the Jim Vargo Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Alberta, Canada. In 2007, Tasha received the highly competitive PhD recruitment Scholarship, The University of Sydney International Research Scholarship, and relocated overseas to complete her PhD, studying low back pain, with Professor Chris Maher, A/Prof Jane Latimer, and Dr Mark Hancock at the University of Sydney/George Institue for Global Health.

Tasha has published 13 peer-reviewed journal articles, 1 book chapter, and has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences.

Tasha has had a wide range of research experience, studying spinal biomechanics in her Master's degree, clinical epidemiology and treatment subgrouping in her PhD, and now clinical neuroscience in her postdoc. These studies have been linked by a common thread - pain - what is it, why do we have it, and why doesn't it go away?

Links to other sites

Body in Mind

The ICECReam

Teaching interests

  • Clinical prediction rules, treatment subgrouping.

Professional associations

Australian Pain Society

International Association for the Study of Pain

Canadian Physiotherapy Association


BSc in Physical Therapy, University of Alberta, Canada, 2002

MSc in Rehabilitation Science, University of Alberta, Canada, 2007

PhD (Medicine), University of Sydney, Australia, 2010

Research interests

  • Tasha is interested in research that aims to determine why people have pain and why pain sticks around. She is most interested in chronic pain and other clinical conditions in which imaging results do not match the severity of the pain experienced. She focuses primarily on the neuroscience behind pain - how the brain processes information and how this processing changes when pain is present.
  • Last, Tasha is intrigued by other influences on pain - state of mind, social situations, personality factors, and coss-modal (facilitative or inhibitory) stimuli.
  • Tasha is currently undertaking research in chronic pain (in knee osteoarthrities and in back pain) and is also performing studies with healthy volunteers, inducing experimental pain, in order to better understand how the brain processes painful stimuli.

Research publications

Journal Articles


Di Pietro, F., Stanton, T.R., Moseley, G.L., Lotze, M., McAuley, J.H. (2015) Interhemispheric somatosensory differences in chronic pain reflect abnormality of the healthy side. Human Brain Mapping, 36:508-518.

Hübscher, M., Tu, S., Stanton, T., Moseley, G.L., Wand, B.M., Booth, J., McAuley, J.H. (2015) Movement restriction does not modulate sensory and perceptual effects of exercise-induced arm pain. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 115(5):1047-55.

Ross, C., Juraskova, I., Lee, H., Parkitny, L., Stanton, T.R., Moseley, G.L., McAuley, J.H. (2015) Psychological distress mediates the relationship between pain and disability in hand or wrist fractures. Journal of Pain, (epub ahead of print).

Bellan, V., Gilpin, H.R., Stanton, T.R., Newport, R., Gallace, A., Moseley, G.L. (2015) Untangling visual and proprioceptive contributions to hand localisation over time. Experimental Brain Research, 233(6): 1689-701.


Berryman, C., Stanton, T.R., Bowering, K.J., Tabor, A., McFarlane, A., Moseley, G.L. (2014) Do people with chronic pain have impaired executive function? A meta-analytical review. Clinical Psychology Review, 34(7): 563–579.

Macedo, L., Maher, C.G., Hancock, M., Kamper, S., McAuley, J.H., Stanton, N.R., Stafford, r., Hodges, P. (2014) Predicting response to motor control exercises and graded activity for patients with low back pain: Preplanned secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Physical Therapy, 94(11): 1543-54.

Melloh, M., Elfering, A., Stanton, N.R., Barz, T., Aghayev, E., Roder, C., Theis, J-C. (2014) Low back pain risk factors associated with persistence, recurrence and delayed presentation. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 27(3): 281-9.

Gilpin, H.R., Moseley, G.L., Stanton,T.R., Newport, R. (2014) Evidence for Distorted Mental Representation of the Hand in Osteoarthritis. Rheumatology (published online 22 September 2014).


Bowering, K.J, O'Connell, N.E, Tabor, A, Catley, M.J, Leake, H.B, Moseley, G.L., Stanton, T.R. (2013) The effects of graded motor imagery and its components on chronic pain: a systematic review and meta analysis. The Journal of Pain, 14(1): 3-13.

Allen, H.G., Stanton, T.R., Di Pietro, F., Moseley, G.L. (2013) Social media release increases dissemination of original articles in the clinical pain sciences. PLOS One, 8(7): e68914.

Stanton, T.R., Lin, C.W.C., Bray, H., Smeets, R.J.E.M., Taylor, D., Law, R.Y.W., Moseley, G.L. (2013) Tactile acuity is disrupted in osteoarthritis but is unrelated to disruptions in motor imagery performance. Rheumatology, 52(8): 1509-19

Berryman, C., Stanton, T.R., Bowering, K.J., Tabor, A., McFarlane, A., Moseley, G.L. (2013) Evidence for working memory deficits in chronic pain: A systematic review and meta analysis. Pain, 154(8): 1181-1196.

Parkitny, L., McCauley, J.H., Di Pietro, F., Stanton, T.R., O'Connell, N.E., Marinus, J., Van Hilten, J.J., Moseley, G.L. (2013) Inflammation in complex regional pain syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Neurology, (80):106-117.

Di Pietro, F., McAuley, J.H., Parkitny, L., Lotze, M., Wand, B.M., Moseley, G.L., Stanton, T.R. (2013) Primary motor cortex function in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Pain, 14(11): 1270-88.

Wong, A.Y.L., Parent, E.C., Funabashi, M., Stanton, N.R., Kawchuk, G. (2013) Do various baseline characteristics of transversus abdominis and lumbar multifidus predict clinical outcomes in nonspecific low back pain? A systematic review. Pain, 154(12): 2589-602.

Stanton, TR., Wand, B., Carr, D., Birklein, F., Wasner, GL., O’Connell, N. (2013) Local anaesthetic sympathetic blockade for complex regional pain syndrome. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 19(8) CD004598.

Stanton, TR., Hancock, MJ., Apeldoorn, AT., Wand, BM., Fritz, JM. (2013) What characterizes people who have an unclear classification using a treatment-based classification algorithm for low back pain? A cross sectional study. Physical Therapy, 93(3): 345-55.

Melloh, M., Elfering, A., Stanton, T., Kaser, A., Salathe, C., Barz, T., Roder, C., Theis, J-C. (2013) Who is likely to develop persistent low back pain? A longitudinal analysis of prognostic occupational factors. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 46(3): 297-311.

Hush, JM., Stanton, TR., Siddal, P., Marcuzzi, A., Attal, N. (2013) Untangling nociceptive, neuropathic and neuroplastic mechanisms underlying the biological domain of back pain. Future Medicine, 3(3): 223-236

Di Pietro, F., McAuley, JH., Parkitny, L., Lotze, M., Wand, BM., Moseley, GL., Stanton, TR. (2013) Primary somatosensory cortex function in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Pain, 14(10): 1001-18.


Stanton, TR., Lin, C-W C., Smeets, RJEM., Taylor, D., Law, R., Moseley, G.L. (2012) Spatially defined disruption of motor imagery performance in people with osteoarthritis. Rheumatology, 51: 1455-1464.

Hush, J., Kamper, S., Stanton, N.R., Ostelo, R., Refshauge, K. (2012) Standardized measurement of recovery from nonspecific back pain. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93(5): 849-55.

Macedo, L., Latimer, j., Maher, CG., Hodges, P., McAuley, JH., Nicholas, M., Tonkin, L., Stanton, C., Stanton, NR., Stafford, R. Effect of Motor control exercises versus graded activity in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. Physical Therapy, 92(3): 363-77.


McAuley JH, Stanton TR, Kamper SJ, Macedo LG. (2011) Psychological approaches have not been demonstrated to be effective for fibromyalgia. Pain, 152: 956.

Stanton TR, Fritz J, Hancock MK, Latimer J, Maher CG, Wand BM, Parent E. (2011) Evaluation of a treatment-based classification algorithm for low back pain: a cross-sectional study. Physical Therapy, 91: 496-509.

Stanton TR, Latimer J, Maher CG, Hancock MJ. (2011) A modified Delphi approach to standardize low back pain recurrence terminology. European Spine Journal, 20: 744-752.

Kamper SJ, Stanton TR, Williams CM, Maher CG, Hush JM. (2011) How is recovery from low back pain measured? A systematic review of the literature. European Spine Journal, 20(1): 9-18.


Stanton TR, Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Koes BW. (2010) A critical appraisal of clinical prediction rules that aim to optimize treatment selection for musculoskeletal conditions. Physical Therapy, 90:843. doi:10.2522/ptj.20090233

Stanton TR, Latimer J, Maher CG, Hancock M. (2010) How do we define the condition ‘recurrent low back pain’? A systematic review. European Spine Journal, 19(4): 533-9.


Stanton TR, Latimer J, Maher CG, Hancock M. (2009) Definitions of recurrence of an episode of low back pain: A systematic review. Spine, 34(9): E316-E322.

Stanton TR and Kawchuk GN. (2009) Reliability of assisted indentation in measuring lumbar spinal stiffness. Manual Therapy, 14(2): 197-205.


Stanton TR, Henschke NR, Maher CG, Refshauge K, Latimer J, McAuley J. (2008) Recurrence is unpredictable and not as common as previously thought. Spine, 33(26): 2923-2928.

Armijo Olivo S, Macedo L, Gadotti IC, Fuentes J, Stanton T, Magee DJ. (2008) Scales to assess the quality of randomized controlled trials: A Systematic review. Physical Therapy, 88(2): 156-175.

Stanton TR and Kawchuk GN. (2008) The effect of abdominal stabilization contractions on posteroanterior spinal stiffness. Spine, 33(6): 694-701.


Kawchuk GN, Liddle TR, Fauvel OR, Johnston C. (2006)The accuracy of ultrasonic indentation in detecting simulated bone displacement: A comparison of three techniques. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 29(2): CO2, 126-133.

Kawchuk GN, Prasad NG, McLeod RC, Liddle TR, Li T, Zhu Q. (2006) Variability of force magnitude and force duration in manual and instrument-based techniques. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 29(8): 611-618.

Book Chapter

Kawchuk GN, Prasad NGN, McLeod RC, Stanton T, Li T, Zhu Q. Variability of force magnitude and force duration in manual and instrument based manipulation techniques. In: Fuhr, AW. Activator methods (2nd edition). Mosby. Section I.

Expertise for Media Contact

I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:


  • Low Back Pain

Research Degree Supervisor

I am currently a co-supervisor of 1 Honour's student

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