Dr Rebecca Packer

Senior Lecturer

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Dr Rebecca Packer is a Senior Lecturer and Early Career Researcher in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences. She is an affiliate of the Centre for Functioning and Health Research (CFAHR). Dr Packer has attracted over 2.2M in research funding and published over 30 research articles and book chapters with her main focus on the impacts of swallowing disorders in head and neck cancer on survivors and their families. She has a special interest in qualitative research and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Dr Packer teaches across all years of the Undergraduate and Graduate Entry Master's Speech Pathology Program.

Research Interests

  • Swallowing disorders
  • International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
  • Third-Party Disability
  • Family-Centred Care
  • Psychosocial Impact of Swallowing Disorders
  • Psychosocial Interventions for Swallowing Disorders
  • Head and neck cancer

Research Impacts

Dr Packer is an emerging leader in the psychosocial impacts of swallowing disorders following head and neck cancer. She has been invited to present at both national and international conferences regarding her work on understanding survivor and family members perspectives of living with swallowing disorders post head and neck cancer treatment.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Postgraduate Diploma, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor (Honours), The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Bennett, Sally, Abell, Bridget, Bennett, John, Bogossian, Fiona, Ee, Carolyn, Jennings, Paul, Nissen, Lisa, Nund, Rebecca and Williams, Cylie (2017). Understanding evidence from qualitative research: examples of assessment of quality (critical appraisal) from different health professions. Evidence based practice across the health professions. (pp. 248-291) edited by Tammy Hoffman, Sally Bennett and Chris Del Mar. Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier.

  • Nund, Rebecca L., Scarinci, Nerina A., Cartmill, Bena and Ward, Elizabeth C. (2015). Dysphagia and the family. Seminars in Dysphagia. (pp. 159-175) edited by Renee Speyer and Hans Bogaardt. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech - Open Access Publisher. doi: 10.5772/58665

  • Cartmill, Bena, Nund, Rebecca L. and Ward, Elizabeth C. (2014). Managing survivorship: issues for the patient and carer. Head and Neck Cancer: Treatment, Rehabilitation and Outcomes. (pp. 525-539) edited by Elizabeth C. Ward and Corina J. van as Brooks. San Diege, CA, United States: Plural Publishing.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.