Freelance Writing

A collection of articles and interviews I have produced in a freelance capacity.


IASP Global Year Lecture: Uncomfortable Conversations about Carrots, Nomenclature, and Cosmetic Surgery | Australian Pain Society, 15 May 2024

CGRP, PACAP and Beyond: Understanding Current and Future Migraine Treatment Targets – An Interview with Debbie Hay | Migraine Science Collaborative, 3 May 2024

Moving the Needle in Paediatric Pain Management: A Conversation with Dr Christine Chambers | Australian Pain Society, 16 April 2024

Small Numbers, Large Effect | Pain Research Forum, 22 March 2024

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore: A Conversation with Professor Cheryl Stucky | Australian Pain Society, 13 March 2024

Welcome to the Electome: An Interview with Rainbo Hultman | Migraine Science Collaborative, 7 March 2024

APS 2024 Rising Star Award Winner: A Conversation with Dr Jane Chalmers | Australian Pain Society, 26 Feburary 2024

Approaching Migraine from All Angles: An Interview with Anna Andreou | Migraine Science Collaborative, 10 January 2024


New Insight into Caffeine’s Effects on Wakefulness, Sleep, and Brain Blood Flow | Migraine Science Collaborative, 11 December 2023

Sharing enhances caring for people with mental illness | NSW Health, November 2023

Helping clinicians support pregnant women and new mums with depression and anxiety | NSW Health, November 2023

Forging a path for improved treatment of comorbid mental health and substance use conditions | NSW Health, October 2023

A2CPS: A New Frontier in Pain Research | Pain Research Forum, 25 August 2023

The AVaTAR centre: Growing Australia’s novel vaccine development capability | New South Wales Health, 10 July 2023

IASP Global Year Lecture: How a Tri Flow Device, Merv Hughes, and a Spoon Represents Integrated Pain Care | Australian Pain Society, 5 July 2023

Pain in the Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly | Australian Pain Society, 1 June 2023

The Impact of Migraine History and Medication Use on Pregnancy Outcomes | Migraine Science Collaborative, 9 May 2023

Hypersensitivity Underlies the Pain Profile of Autistic People | Pain Research Forum, 5 May 2023

Talking Migraine Genetics: An Interview with Lyn Griffiths | Migraine Science Collaborative, 4 May 2023

Encoding Numerical Information is as Easy as 1-2-3 for Infants | BrainPost, 25 April 2023

Flipping the Switch in Visceral Mechanosensation | Pain Research Forum, 21 April 2023

Australian Pain Society 2023 Rising Star Award Winner: A Chat with Dr Aidan Cashin | Australian Pain Society, 2 April 2023

Pain as the Signature of Humanity: A Chat with Associate Professor Melanie Noel | Australian Pain Society, 1 April 2023

Sagan, Spin-outs, and a Slovenian Basketballer: A Chat with Professor Ted Price | Australian Pain Society, 31 March 2023

Making a Career from a Childhood Job: A Chat with Professor Denise Harrison | Australian Pain Society, 30 March 2023

Surgeon, Researcher, Author, and Hobby Data Scientist: A Chat with Professor Ian Harris | Australian Pain Society, 30 March 2023

Improving the Diagnosis of Pediatric CNS Tumors | BrainPost, 28 March 2023

Open-Label Placebo Analgesia Blocked by Naloxone | Pain Research Forum, 10 March 2023

Aggression-Specific Mirror Neurons Exist in the Hypothalamus | BrainPost, 7 March 2023

Promising Signs for Psychedelic Use in Cluster Headache | Migraine Science Collaborative, 27 February 2023

Is Alcohol a Migraine Trigger? | Migraine Science Collaborative, 20 February 2023

Both Cardiovascular and Behavioral Threat Responses Contribute to Defensive States | BrainPost, 14 February 2023

Finally Getting to Scratch That Itch | Pain Research Forum, 10 February 2023

Headache Disorders in Veterans: A Big Problem | Migraine Science Collaborative, 9 February 2023

Gig economy more diverse than first thought | University of Technology Sydney, 5 February 2023

Nice (gig) work if you can get it | University of Technology Sydney, 5 February 2023

Gray Matter Atrophy Correlates with Neurotransmitter Dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis | BrainPost, 24 January 2023


Why Does Sumatriptan Only Work for Headache Disorders? | Migraine Science Collaborative, 30 December 2022

Deep Brain Stimulation in Alzheimer’s Disease | BrainPost, 20 December 2022

A Chat with the New Editor-in-Chief of the PRF Editorial Board: Rebecca Seal | Pain Research Forum, 16 November 2022

Mindfulness and Migraine: Is There a Link? | Migraine Science Collaborative, 16 November 2022

Dopaminergic Dual Gating of Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors | BrainPost, 15 November 2022

More Than Meets the (Human) Eye: Headache Researchers Use Facial Detection Software as an Automated Readout of Pain in Mice | Migraine Science Collaborative, 26 October 2022

Sleep-Like Slow Waves Modulate Attention While Awake | BrainPost, 4 October 2022

Long-Term Memory Formation Occurs Differently During Wakefulness and Sleep | BrainPost, 30 August 2022

Addressing Needle Fear Early Pays Off | The Medical Republic, 26 August 2022

Pain Avoidance in People with Migraine | Migraine Science Collaborative, 19 August 2022

Behçet’s Disease | Rheumatology Advisor, 10 August 2022

Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease | Rheumatology Advisor, 9 August 2022

Sex Differences in the Contextual Control of Conditioned Pain Tolerance | Pain Research Forum, 5 August 2022

Making a Difference in Neurology and Headache Medicine with an Integrated Approach: An Interview with Deena Kuruvilla | Migraine Science Collaborative, 5 August 2022

From Pharmacy to Neurology, the Art of Headache Medicine, and the Importance of Mentorship: A Chat with Shivang Joshi | Migraine Science Collaborative, 27 July 2022

Thermal Pain Sensitivity is Driven by Circadian Rhythms | BrainPost, 26 July 2022

All That Glitters Is Gold: Can Gold Treat Osteoarthritis Pain? | Pain Research Forum, 21 July 2022

When the System Is Disrupted, a Better Understanding of Migraine Emerges: An Interview with Nasim Maleki | Migraine Science Collaborative, 19 July 2022

One in Two People Experience a Headache Disorder, an Updated Review Reports | Migraine Science Collaborative, 16 June 2022

How Can we Help Children Better Cope with Pain? | Australian Pain Society Blog, 10 June 2022

Individual Differences and Similarities in How Pain is Represented in the Brain | BrainPost, 7 June 2022

IASP Global Year Lecture: Complexity of Pain Underlies Importance of Impact and Translation | Australian Pain Society Blog, 03 June 2022

Will a Cannabis Crisis Replace the Opioid Crisis? | Australian Pain Society Blog, 30 May 2022

Migraine in the Emergency Department Setting: A Chat With Anne-Maree Kelly | Migraine Science Collaborative, 12 May 2022

Researchers Discover New Genetic Variants for Migraine | Migraine Science Collaborative, 5 May 2022

Utilizing Artificial Intelligence Improves Planning and Decision Making | BrainPost, 5 April 2022

Understanding and Reducing Drug-Related Harms: A Chat with Suzanne Nielsen | Australian Pain Society Blog, 5 April 2022

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and van Gogh’s Sister-in-law: A Chat with Beverly Thorn | Australian Pain Society Blog, 1 April 2022

Chilean Collaboration Aims to Find New Targets for the Treatment of Pain | Pain Research Forum, 31 March 2022

History, Serendipity, and Neuropathic Pain: A Chat with Andrew Rice | Australian Pain Society Blog, 29 March 2022

Australian Pain Society 2022 Rising Star Winner: A Chat with Adrian Traeger | Australian Pain Society Blog, 19 March 2022

Sleep Instability in Aging is Driven by Hyperexcitable Neural Circuits | BrainPost, 1 March 2022

Creative Fluency is Driven by Default Network Activity | BrainPost, 11 January 2022


IASP Early Career Research Grant Winner: A Conversation With Sarah Luthy | Pain Research Forum, 3 November 2021

Identifying the Neural Mechanism Behind Team Flow | BrainPost, 12 October 2021

The Adventures of Hayley, Queen of the Desert: A Chat with Pain Researcher and Sole Survivor Hayley Leake | Australian Poin Society, 12 October 2021

Dose Tapering in Patients Prescribed Long-Term Opioids: More Harm Than Good? | Pain Research Forum, 8 October 2021

Distinct Roles for Social Brain Network Regions in Strategy Development | BrainPost, 24 August 2021

Thinking Outside of the Box When Communicating About Pain | Pain Research Forum, 10 August 2021

Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Recruit Similar Brain Regions | BrainPost, 27 July 2021

Dopamine and Brain Network Dynamics in Schizophrenia | BrainPost, 15 June 2021

IASP 2021 Virtual World Congress on Pain Award Winners: An Interview With Gary Lewin | Pain Research Forum, 1 June 2021

IASP 2021 Virtual World Congress on Pain Award Winners: An Interview With Srinivasa Raja | Pain Research Forum, 1 June 2021

The Transition From Acute to Chronic Low Back Pain: How Common Is It? What Are the Risk Factors? | Pain Research Forum, 11 May 2021

Greater Education Does Not Reduce the Rate of Brain Aging | BrainPost, 11 May 2021

How Memories are ‘Rotated’ to Avoid Sensory Interference | BrainPost, 20 April 2021

Effect of Early Life Events on Latitude Gradient for Multiple Sclerosis | BrainPost, 16 March 2021

Positive Therapeutic Suggestions During General Anesthesia Reduce Pain and Opioid Use after Surgery | RELIEF, 11 February 2021

Timing Differences in Neural Responses Related to Perception of Synesthetic Colors | BrainPost, 9 February 2021

Therapeutic Suggestions During General Anesthesia Reduce Postoperative Pain and Opioid Use | Pain Research Forum, 8 February 2021

The Effect of Nucleus Accumbens Medium Spiny Neuron Subtypes on Stress-Induced Sleep Changes | BrainPost, 19 January 2021


Close Relationships Facilitate Efficient Performance of Social Goals | BrainPost, 8 December 2020

Natural Connection Patterns Drive Brain Development | BrainPost, 10 November 2020

More Than a Watch: How Wearable Tech is Helping Advance Neuroscience | BrainPost, 20 October 2020

Of Autoantibodies in Mice and Men: A Chat With Andreas Goebel | Pain Research Forum, 1 October 2020

Understanding Osteoarthritis and the Pain It Causes: A Chat With Tuhina Neogi | Pain Research Forum, 23 September 2020

The Role of Group Identity in Social Influence | BrainPost, 22 September 2020

Neuropeptides and Astrocytes Regulate Adult Neural Stem Cell Activity | BrainPost, 8 September 2020

Pupillary Responses Linked to Neuronal Activity in the Insula | BrainPost, 12 August 2020

Looking to Toxins to Understand Pain: A Chat With Australian Pain Society 2020 Rising Star Samuel Robinson | RELIEF, August 5 2020

Racial Differences in Placebo Hypoalgesia | Personal Website, 25 July 2020

Improving Musculoskeletal Pain Care in Brazil Through Education: An Interview with Physiotherapist-Turned-Researcher Felipe Reis | RELIEF, 15 July 2020

Olfactory Support Cells, Not Primary Neurons, Are Targeted in COVID-19 | BrainPost, 14 July 2020

Looking to Toxins to Understand Pain: A Chat With Australian Pain Society 2020 Rising Star Samuel Robinson | Pain Research Forum, 9 July 2020

The Role of the Anterior Cingulate Cortex in Effort-Based Decision Making | BrainPost, 16 June 2020

Investigating the Mechanisms of Neuropathic Pain: An Interview With Margarita Calvo | Pain Research Forum, 2 June 2020

An International, Modern Replication of Prospect Theory | BrainPost, 26 May 2020

More Than One Way to Build a Thought | BrainPost, 21 April 2020

In the Search for New Drugs, the Migraine Field Wins the Day ─ Again | RELIEF, 1 April 2020

Nucleus Accumbens Inhibition is Required for Appetitive or Fearful Behaviors | BrainPost, 25 February 2020

2020 IASP World Congress on Pain Award Winners: An Interview With Jan Vollert | Pain Research Forum, 24 February 2020

Sports Psychology to Rehabilitation Medicine: An Interview with Shelley Wiechman | Australian Pain Society, 13 February 2020

Learning from Your Mistakes: The Role of Dopamine Activity in Prediction Errors | BrainPost, 11 February 2020

In the Search for New Drugs, the Migraine Field Wins the Day ─ Again | Pain Research Forum, 4 February 2020

Gene-Environment Interactions, Major Depressive Disorder and Traumatic Experiences | BrainPost, 29 January 2020

When a Headache Treatment Actually Makes the Headache Worse | RELIEF, 23 January 2020


Ongoing Antidepressant Medication Treatment Prevents Recurrence of Major Depression | BrainPost, 24 December 2019

A Pioneering Nurse Researcher and The Fresh Prince: An Interview with Alette De Jong | Australian Pain Society eNewsletter, 12 December 2019

Meanings of Pain Volume 2: Common Types of Pain and Language | Australian Pain Society eNewsletter, 12 December 2019

A New Mechanism of Medication-Overuse Headache | Pain Research Forum, 4 December 2019

Keep At It: Improving an Old Strategy to Find New Treatments for Itch | RELIEF, 19 November 2019

Creepy-Crawlies in Pain Research: From a Spider Venom to a Pain Reliever in Mice | RELIEF, 7 November 2019

Stress-Induced Lateral Habenula Changes and the Association with Depressive Behavior in Mice | BrainPost, 5 November 2019

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again: An Improved Strategy to Treat Itch | Pain Research Forum, 15 October 2019

X-Chromosome Insufficiency Alters the Structure and Function of the Human Visual Cortex | BrainPost, 15 October 2019

Everybody Has Won and All Must Have Prizes: Dodo Birds in Psychological Treatments for Chronic Pain | Pain Research Forum, 2 October 2019

Focus and Frank: A Conversation with Sean Mackey | Australian Pain Society eNewsletter, 2 October 2019

Communication Between Brain Regions During Working Memory | BrainPost, 25 September 2019

Back to Basics (Pain Research) | Australian Pain Society eNewsletter, 5 September 2019

Identification of a Novel Neural Circuit for Depressive Symptoms in Chronic Pain | BrainPost, 4 September 2019

Cerebral Blood Flow Changes as a Potential Biomarker of Major Depressive Disorder | BrainPost, 13 August 2019

From a Spider Venom to an Analgesic in Mice | Pain Research Forum, 7 August 2019

Personalised Treatment, Collaboration, and Puzzles: A Chat with Nanna Finnerup | Australian Pain Society eNewsletter, 5 August 2019

Development of a Viral Vector Library to Target Retinal Cell Types | BrainPost, 23 July 2019

Australian Pain Society 2019 Rising Star: A Chat With Arjun Muralidharan | Pain Research Forum, 10 July 2019

Food and Drug Rewards are Processed by Unique Pathways in Mice | BrainPost, 10 July 2019

Crowded Organelles and Lipid Membranes: Key Features in Parkinson’s Disease Pathology | BrainPost, 3 July 2019

From Christian Science to the Placebo Effect: A Chat with Tor Wager | Australian Pain Society eNewsletter, 26 June 2019

New Sensation: Chronic Pain as a New Concept for the International Classification of Diseases | Australian Pain Society eNewsletter, 26 June 2019

Understanding Placebo and Nocebo Effects: A Chat With Ben Colagiuri | Pain Research Forum, 19 June 2019

Testing the Effects of LSD Microdoses on Mood and Cognitive Functioning | BrainPost, 11 June 2019

Communications, Advocacy, and The Joshua Tree: A Chat with Beth Darnall | Australian Pain Society eNewsletter, 5 June 2019

Cops for Kids and the Australian Pain Society: Working Together to Support Research into Pain in Childhood | Australian Pain Society eNewsletter, 5 June 2019

Hypothalamic Oxytocin Neurons Represent Fear Engrams in Rats | BrainPost, 21 May 2019

A Search for Blood Biomarkers of Pain | Pain Research Forum, 6 May 2019

Thirst Controls Motivated Behavior by Modulating Neural Activity in Mice | BrainPost, 30 April 2019

Early Skill Learning Occurs Predominantly at Rest | BrainPost, 2 April 2019

Prescription Drug Diversion and Pain: History, Policy, and Treatment | Australian Pain Society eNewsletter, 2 April 2019

Producing a Positive Mood Reduces Nocebo Effects | Personal Website, 29 March 2019

Heard It Through the Grapevine: Can Music Ease Pain? | RELIEF, 25 March 2019

Back (Pain) to the Drawing Board: Pain Education as a Treatment – A Chat with Lorimer Moseley | Pain Research Forum, 4 March 2019

Hippocampal-Accumbens Pathway Drive Memories of Reward-Seeking Behavior | BrainPost, 26 February 2019

Reminiscing about the North American Pain School with Anne Burke | Australian Pain Society eNewsletter, 2 February 2019


Why Do Women Experience Chronic Pain More Often than Men? | RELIEF, 16 October 2018

Australian Pain Society Rising Star: A Chat With Flavia Di Pietro | Pain Research Forum, 26 July 2018

Resilience in the Face of Pain: A Chat With Liesbet Goubert | Pain Research Forum, 18 July 2018

Sex and Gender Differences in Pain: A Chat With Edmund Keogh | Pain Research Forum, 24 April 2018


Catching Up With the 2017 North American Pain School Visiting Faculty: A Conversation with Jennifer Haythornthwaite | Pain Research Forum, 17 August 2017