Dr Christina Driver - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Christina Driver

PhD USC, PGrad Dip UNE, BSc Hons (First Class) St Mary’s University, UK.

  • Associate Lecturer: Mental Health and Neuroscience
USC Thompson Institute
Dr Christina Driver

Christina Driver joined USC's Thompson Institute in March 2020 as the Associate Lecturer and Course Coordinator of the new Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience.

Christina joined USC in 2015 as a sessional academic in the areas of research methods, health and human behaviour, sport and exercise psychology, and applied psychology for healthcare.

Christina’s PhD thesis researched the implications of the psychosocial effects on injury, disability and chronic conditions, and the use of psychosocial strategies for health and rehabilitation as part of a biopsychosocial model of care. Implications of her research were primarily focused on learning and teaching of psychosocial strategies for physiotherapy practice specifically. Other research areas have included psychosocial strategies in occupational therapy for patients with Parkinson's disease, service mapping of mental health, suicide prevention, alcohol and other drugs service providers, and the effects of multidisciplinary pain management programs.

Christina is also a Science Mentor for Frontiers for Young Minds (health and neuroscience) and was part of the first live review in Australia at the Society for Mental Health Research Conference in 2018.


  • Kean, B. & Driver, C. (2021). Environmental Factors Influencing Early Participation in Para-Sport. In Salmon, P. (Ed.), McLean, S. (Ed.), Dallat, C. (Ed.), Mansfield, N. (Ed.), Solomon, C. (Ed.), Hulme, A. (Ed), Human Factors and Ergonomics in Sport: Applications and Future Directions. Boca Raton: CRC Press, https://doi.org/10.1201/9781351060073

  • Driver, C., Lovell, G.P. & Oprescu, F (2020). An exploration of physiotherapist perceived benefits and barriers towards using psychosocial strategies in their practice. Musculoskeletal Care, e1783, DOI: org/10.1002/msc.1437
  • Sutherland, K., Freberg, K., Driver, C & Khattab, U (2020). Public Relations and Customer Service: Employer Perspectives of Social Media Proficiency, Public Relations Review (in-press).
  • Sutherland, K., Terton, U., Visser, I., Driver, C and Davis, C (2020). Academics perspectives and approaches to social media use in higher education – a pilot study. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, In press.
  • Driver, C., Oprescu, F. & Lovell, G.P (2019). Exploring physiotherapists’ considerations regarding the use of psychosocial strategies in practice. Physiotherapy Research International, 24:4, DOI:10.1002/pri.1783
  • Driver, C., Lovell, G.P., & Oprescu, F (2019). Physiotherapists views, perceived knowledge and reported use of psychosocial strategies in practice. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, DOI: 1080/09593985.2019.1587798.
  • Coleman, A.A., Driver, C., Parker, J.K. & Lovell, G.P (2019). Occupational therapists’ perceptions of using psychosocial strategies for clients with Parkinson’s disease clients. Nursing and Health Sciences, DOI:10.1111/nhs.12625
  • Sutherland, K., Freberg, K. & Driver, C. (2019). Australian employer perceptions of unprofessional social media behaviour and its impact on graduate employability. Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability, 10:2, 104-121, https://ojs.deakin.edu.au/index.php/jtlge/article/view/857/857
  • Driver, C., Kean, B., Oprescu, F. & Lovell, G.P (2017). Knowledge, behaviours, attitudes and beliefs of physiotherapists towards the use of psychological interventions in physiotherapy practice: a systematic review, Disability and Rehabilitation, 39:22, 2237-2249, DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2016.1223176


Teaching areas

  • Associate Lecturer and Course Coordinator: Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience

Christina Driver’s specialist areas of knowledge include the psychosocial aspects of injury, disability and chronic health conditions, and the use of psychosocial strategies as part of a biopsychosocial model of care for health and rehabilitation.

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