Tara Packham

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 27812
Fax: 905-524-0069
Office: IAHS Rm. 418
Email:  packhamt@mcmaster.ca


Dr. Packham, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.) is an occupational therapist and Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University, working as an occupational therapist primarily in the area of hand and upper limb rehabilitation, for over 20 years.  In 2008, she returned to McMaster as a part-time student to pursue an MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences, and then continued on to complete her PhD, building a program of research focused on outcome measurement and pain.  After spending several years working as a clinician scientist and completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care, she joined the SRS faculty in January 2019.

Research Expertise

Keywords: persistent pain, complex regional pain syndrome, neuropathic pain, hand and upper limb rehabilitation, outcome measurement, Rasch analysis, mixed methods, knowledge translation

Dr. Packham’s research interests include 1) persistent pain syndromes such as complex regional pain syndrome and other forms of neuropathic pain, and their assessment and treatment 2) hand and upper limb conditions and rehabilitation, 3) outcome measurement development and evaluation, and 4) implementation of evidence into clinical practice.  Her research incorporates both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Graduate Students

Dr. Packham is currently accepting graduate students.  Interested students should send a CV and research interests to packhamt@mcmaster.ca.

Recent Publications

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Packham T, Bean D, Johnson MH, Grieve S, McCabe C, MacDermid JC, Harden RN.  Measurement properties of the SF-MPQ-2 in persons with CRPS: validity, scaling and Rasch analysis. Pain Medicine.  2018 Oct 20. doi: 10.1093/pm/pny202. [Epub ahead of print].

Sivagurunathan, M., Packham, T., Dimopoulos, L., Murray, R., Madden, K., MacDermid, J. C., & Bhandari, M. (2018). Perceptions of preparedness and intimate partner violence screening practices amongst hand therapists. Hand Therapy, https://doi.org/10.1177/1758998318798668

Packham T, MacDermid JC, Bain J, Buckley DN.  Cold-pressor stimulated skin temperature asymmetries for the identification of CRPS.  Canadian Journal of Pain. 2018 . 2 (1): 248-257. https://doi.org/10.1080/24740527.2018.1504283

Esakki S, MacDermid JC, Vincent JI,  Packham TL, Walton D, Grewal R.  Rasch analysis of the Patient-Rated Wrist Evaluation questionnaire.  Archives of Physiotherapy. 2018.  Feb 26;8:5. doi: 10.1186/s40945-018-0046-z. eCollection 2018.  PMID: 29497563

Packham T, Holly JMechanism-specific rehabilitation management of CRPS: proposed recommendations from evidence synthesis.  J Hand Ther  2018 Apr - Jun;31(2):238-249. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2018.01.007. PMID: 29452930

Packham TL, Bain JR, Buckley DN, Busse JW, MacDermid JC.  Listening, then managing: The role of the team in addressing pain in the upper limb.  J Hand Ther. 2018 Apr - Jun;31(2):177-178. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2018.02.001 PMID: 29706195

Sivagurunathan M, Packham T, Dimopoulos L, Murray R, Madden K, MacDermid JC. Hand Therapists’ Attitudes, Environmental Supports and Self-efficacy towards dealing with Intimate Partner Violence in their practice.  Journal of Hand Therapy 2017 Dec 29. pii: S0894-1130(17)30170-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2017.11.042. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29290505

Packham T, MacDermid JC, Michlovitz S, Buckley DN. Content validation of the Patient-Reported Hamilton Inventory for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Validité de contenu du Hamilton Inventory for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, une mesure des résultats déclarés par le patient.  Can J Occup Ther. 2018 Apr;85(2):99-105. doi: 10.1177/0008417417734562.  PMID: 29475370

Packham T, MacDermid JC, Cup E, Van de ven Stevens L.  Translation and cultural validation of the Radboud Evaluation of Sensitivity (English version).   Journal of Hand Therapy. 2018 Jul - Sep;31(3):371-380. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2017.03.003  PMID: 29037467

Packham T, Spicher CJ, MacDermid JC, Michlovitz S, Buckley DN.  Somatosensory rehabilitation for allodynia in CRPS of the upper limb: a cohort study.  Journal of Hand Therapy.  2018 Jan - Mar;31(1):10-19. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2017.02.007  PMID: 28343851

Grieve S, McCabe CS, Perez RSGM, Birklein F, Brunner F, Bruehl S, Harden RN, Packham T, Gobeil F, Haigh R, Holly J, Terkelsen A, Davies L, Lewis J, Thomassen I, Connett R, Worth T, Vatine JJCore Outcome Measures for complex regional PAin syndrome Clinical sTudies (COMPACT): Development of a core measurement set.  PAIN. 2017 Jun;158(6):1083-1090. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000866.  PMID: 28178071

Packham T, Cappelleri JC, Sadosky A, MacDermid JC, Brunner F.  Measurement properties of painDETECT: Rasch analysis of responses from community-dwelling adults with neuropathic pain. BMC Neurology. 2017.  doi: 10.1186/s12883-017-0825-2

VanderKaay S, Moll S, Guewertz R, Jindal P, Loyola A, Packham T, Lim C.  Qualitative research in rehabilitation sciences: opportunities, challenges, and future directions.  Disability and Rehabilitation.   2016 Dec 15:1-9.  PMID: 27973927

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