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Dr. Amanda Young

Research Fellow

Professor, Healthcare



Brisbane Campus, Online

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Dr Amanda Young’s background is in the behavioural sciences, specializing in health and rehabilitation psychology. Before joining the THRIVE Project, Amanda spent a number of years as an independent research consultant, working with businesses, practitioners and governing bodies in both Australia and the United States.  Prior to this she spent close to two decades working in the United States as a Research Scientist at Liberty Mutual’s Center for Disability Research. Before this she was lecturing and working as a research fellow at Monash University, Melbourne Australia, which is also where she did she did her doctoral studies (Faculty of Medicine, conferred April, 2000).


Dr Young’s interests focus around psychosocial rehabilitation following injury, with a particular interest in injuries that result in significant disruption to the injured person’s ability to participate in their pre-injury working life. She tends more towards aiming to understand the worker’s perspective, but has also been involved in research from the employer, insurer and health care provider points of view. She cares deeply about helping people affected by disability achieve their greatest potential, and is motivated by knowing that her work can be used to this effect.


Dr Young has an appreciation of quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research. Her discipline background includes psychological, behavioural, sociological, biological, medical and epidemiological influences. This allows her to address research questions using diverse methodologies, adapting to the topic at hand, without being encumbered by adherence to a strict doctrine or paradigm.

Beyond symptom resolution: insurance case manager’s perspective on predicting recovery after motor vehicle crash

Expectations for Return to Work After Workplace Injuries: The Relationship Between Estimated Time to Return to Work and Estimate Accuracy

Lag times in the work disability process: Differences across diagnoses in the length of disability following work-related injury

The Relationship Between Work-Disability Duration and Claimant’s Expected Time to Return to Work as Recorded by Workers’ Compensation Claims Managers

Employer Policies and Practices to Manage and Prevent Disability: Conclusion to the Special Issue

Employer Policies and Practices to Manage and Prevent Disability: Foreword to the Special Issue

Relationship between age, tenure, and disability duration in persons with compensated work-related conditions

Researching Complex and Multi-Level Workplace Factors Affecting Disability and Prolonged Sickness Absence

Sustaining Work Participation Across the Life Course

Workplace Interventions to Prevent Disability from Both the Scientific and Practice Perspectives: A Comparison of Scientific Literature, Grey Literature and Stakeholder Observations

Workplace Outcomes in Work-Disability Prevention Research: A Review with Recommendations for Future Research

Work-related factors considered by sicknessabsent employees when estimating timeframes for returning to work

An exploration of the factors considered when forming expectations for returning to work following sickness absence due to a musculoskeletal condition

Exploring the relationship between age and tenure with length of disability

Manager Experiences with the Return to Work Process in a Large, Publically Funded, Hospital Setting: Walking a Fine Line

Returning to Work Following Low Back Pain: Towards a Model of Individual Psychosocial Factors

The association between physical medicine and rehabilitation service utilization and disability duration following work-related fracture

The importance, measurement and practical implications of worker's expectations for return to work

An exploration of alternative methods for assessing return-to-work success following occupational injury

Recurrence of work-related low back pain and disability: Association between self-report and workers' compensation data

Are we making progress?: The tenth international forum for primary care research on low back pain

What is return to work? An investigation into the quantification of return to work

Workers' perspectives on low back pain recurrence: "It comes and goes and comes and goes, but it's always there"

Employment maintenance and the factors that impact it after vocational rehabilitation and return to work

Return to work following disabling occupational injury - Facilitators of employment continuation

Back pain recurrence: An evaluation of existing indicators and direction for future research

Employment status after spinal cord injury (1992-2005): A review with implications for interpretation, evaluation, further research, and clinical practice

Return-to-work experiences: Prior to receiving vocational services

Urban-rural differences in work disability following occupational injury: Are they related to differences in healthcare utilization?

Urban-rural differences in work disability after an occupational injury

Measuring return to work

Employer-Based Facilitators of Return to Work Following Disabling Injury

Rehospitalization following compensable work-related tetraplegia

A developmental conceptualization of return to work

Employment participation following spinal cord injury: Relation to selected participant demographic, injury and psychological characteristics

Return-to-work outcomes following work disability: Stakeholder motivations, interests and concerns

Agricultural workers' return to work following spinal cord injury: A comparison with other industry workers

Services provided following compensable work-related tetraplegia

Work-related tetraplegia: Cause of injury and annual medical costs

Explaining labor force status following spinal cord injury: The contribution of psychological variables

A social psychology approach to measuring vocational rehabilitation intervention effectiveness

Introduction to the special issue on measurement of work outcomes

The Post-Amputation Rehabilitation Experience of People Living in Rural Settings

Impacts of illness and disability on the well-being of older people

Spinal cord injury in the Australian agricultural work force

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