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Associate Professor Romy Parker

Ms Romy Parker

PLEASE NOTE: A/Prof Romy Parker has moved from the Division of Physiotherapy to the Department of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine


Job title

Associate Professor


PhD(Psych) UCT

MSc(Pain) (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh)

BSc(Med)(Hons)Ex.Sci(Phys) (UCT)

PGDip (Health Prof Education)

BSc(Phys) (UCT) 


Romy has been working at UCT since 2006. Before that she was a clinician with experience working in various settings including rheumatology, musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and sports settings. Romy has gained experience in a wide range of clinical settings in different countries having worked in South Africa, the UK and the USA. She is passionate about teaching physiotherapists who are empowered to be life-long learners who practice evidence based physiotherapy with compassion. 

Teaching areas

Expertise in pain and pain management; neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy and sports injury management. Course convener of Movement Science III and Third year class coordinator.

Research focus areas

Research focus on pain and musculoskeletal physiotherapy  



Tel: +27 21 650 1608

Email: Romy Parker


Selected Publications

Madden, V.J., Harvie, D.S., Stanton, T.R., Parker, R., Vlaeyen J.W.S., Moseley, G.L. Can pain or hyperalgesia be a Can pain or hyperalgesia be a classically conditioned response in humans? A systematic review and meta-analysis. (under review)

Hasenbring, M. I., Lundberg, M., Parker, R., Soderlund, A., Bolton, B., Smeets, R. J. Ljutov, A. Simmonds, M. J. (2014)  Pain, Mind, and Movement in Musculoskeletal Pain: Is Physical Activity Always Health-promoting or are There Detrimental Aspects? Clin J Pain. 2014, doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000101

Parker, R., Madden, V. (2014) Ultrasound versus sham ultrasound for experimentally induced Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness: a double-blind controlled trial SA Journal of Sports Medicine 2014;26(4):99-103. DOI:10.7196/sajsm.535

Parker, R. Jelsma, J. Stein, D.J. Letter to the editors - Pain in HIV/AIDS: A systematic review. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (accepted for publication 25 April 2014)

Parker, R. Jelsma, J. Stein, D.J. Pain in HIV/AIDS: A systematic review. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 2014, 17:18719 http://www.jiasociety.org/index.php/jias/article/view/18719 | http://dx.doi.org/10.7448/IAS.17.1.18719

Parker, R. Stein, D.J. Jelsma, J. The development of an intervention to manage pain in HIV/AIDS. South African Journal of Physiotherapy (accepted for publication 6 January 2014)

Lang, P. Parker, R. Burgess, T. Cervico-mandibular muscle activity in females with chronic cervical pain. South African Journal of Physiotherapy, 2013, 69(3):1-6

Clenzos, N. Naidoo, N. Parker, R. Physiotherapists’ knowledge of pain: A cross-sectional correlational study of members of the South African Sports and Orthopaedic Manipulative Special Interest Groups. SA Journal of Sports Medicine, 2013, 25(4):95-100

Parker, R Physiotherapy rehabilitation for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. SA Rheumatology Journal, 2013, August/September

Van Nugeteren, J. Louw, K. Parker, R. Approach to Management of Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain. SA Rheumatology Journal, 2013, June/July

Parker, R. Jelsma, J The prevalence and functional impact of musculoskeletal conditions amongst clients of a primary health care facility in an under-resourced area of Cape Town. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 2010, 11:2 (4 January, 2010)

Yates, D. Jelsma, J. Parker, R. The profile of people reporting with low back pain to a resource poor clinic in Cape Town. South African Journal of Physiotherapy, 2010 66(2):2-8

Parker, R. Burgess S., Dubaniewicz A., Gouws L., Krone, J., Madden V., Nortje C., Parsons C. Patient Satisfaction with a Pilot Chronic Pain Management Programme in Cape Town, South Africa. South African Journal of Physiotherapy, 2009 65(1):1-6

Parker, R. Gush, S. Vale, M. Birchall, L. Joffe, J. Ross, N. Pain Knowledge and Attitudes in Final Year Health Science Students at the University of Cape Town.Journal of Pain SA 2009 4(2):5-9

Parker, R. Pain in HIV/AIDS. HIVAIDS and Mental Health 2008 (3)

Parker, R., Physiotherapy Students' Assessment of Psychosocial Yellow Flags in Low Back Pain. South African Journal of Physiotherapy, 2007. 63(1):3-8