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Academic Biography

Shaun is a Research Associate in the School of Health and Social Care having been formerly employed within the HSCI as a Research Assistant.

Shaun completed a BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Sunderland before joining the HSCI on a PhD studentship in 2010. He was awarded his PhD in June 2017.

Summary of Research Interests

Shaun has research interests in the following:

  • Information needs
  • Scoliosis
  • Back pain

Current projects:

Shaun is currently working on an Interreg funded project examining the role of Virtual Reality in the management of chronic pain.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, University of Sunderland

Award Date: 20 Oct 2019

PhD, Teesside University

Award Date: 12 Jun 2017

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Research Output

  • 5 Article
  • 3 Conference article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • Open Access
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    Does duration of pain at baseline influence clinical outcomes of low back pain patients managed on an evidence-based pathway?

    Jess, M-A., Ryan, C., Hamilton, S., Wellburn, S., Atkinson, G., Greenough, C., Coxon, A., Ferguson, D., Fatoye, F., Dickson, J., Jones, A. & Martin, D., 1 Sep 2018, In : Spine. 43, 17, p. E998-E1004

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    The association between baseline persistent pain and weight change in patients attending a specialist weight management service

    Ryan, C., Vijayaraman, A., Denny, V., Ogier, A., Ells, L., Wellburn, S., Cooper, L., Martin, D. & Atkinson, G., 12 Jun 2017, In : PLoS ONE. p. -

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    Open Access
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    An Investigation of the Information Needs of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Patients and their Families

    Author: Wellburn, S., 12 Jun 2017

    Supervisor: Bettany-Saltikov, J. (Supervisor), Van Schaik, P. (Supervisor) & Hamilton, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis