Claire Ashton-James

Invited Speaker, Pain

Dr, Associate Professor, University of Sydney, NSW

    Dr Claire Ashton-James, PhD (Social Psychology), is an Associate Professor of Pain Management at The University of Sydney. Her research investigates the role of patient-provider interactions and emotions in pain management.

    Dr Ashton-James is the Founding Chair of IASP’s Social Aspects of Pain Special Interest Group, and is a passionate advocate for greater research and clinical attention to social processes and social outcomes in pain management. As a clinician coach specializing in patient-provider communication and clinician wellbeing, Dr Ashton-James partners with healthcare providers to enhance their confidence to effectively respond to patient distress – and their own distress – in challenging patient encounters.