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Honorary titles within the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing are conferred upon persons of appropriate distinction, other than members of staff, who have an on-going association with the University in the area of research. They are leaders in their field, and below is a list of our current Honorary Fellows.


Dr Doug King

Honorary Fellow in the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

A photograph of Doug King

Discipline: Injury epidemiology, Injury prevention, head impact biomechanics, mild traumatic brain injuries



Experience: Registered Comprehensive Nurse with 25 yrs experience in medical, surgical, orthopaedics, mental health, Emergency and now Clinical Nurse Specialist in Emergency Medicine. Retired serviceman from the Royal New Zealand Navy (1977-1987) and Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps (1995-2000). Awarded NZOSM, NZGSM(IO) and NZDSM(R) Medals. Recipient of Te Amorangi National Māori Academy Excellence Award, PhD New Investigator Award – AUT University and PhD Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences Award for translation of thesis to publication.


Research Overview: Focus on researching injuries in sports by investigating injury mechanisms at the amateur level of participation to identify possible injury reduction strategies, sports-related concussion assessment and management through to rehabilitation focusing on transferability of the research to non-sporting environments focusing on intimate partner violence and non-accidental injury.


Co-leader of the SPRINZ Rugby Codes Research Group, Honorary Research fellow at the School of Science & Technology; University of New England, Armidale. New South Wales. Australia and a Research Associate of the Sports Performance Research Institute of New Zealand (SPRINZ, AUT University).

Dr Frances Cole

MB.BS, MRCGP, Postgraduate Diploma CBT Newcastle

Frances Cole

Frances Cole is a recently retired GP passionate about quality primary care and community management of persistent pain since in 1996. She gained a postgraduate diploma in CBT therapy in 1993-4 via Newcastle CBT centre & University of Durham and focused on delivering biopsychosocial approaches to persistent pain management.

In 1996 she and colleagues set up the first primary care based pain management programmes in Bradford, UK taking only referrals from GPs! Patient outcomes were crucial to see whether CBT based pain management programme approaches made a difference. The outcomes found people with pain had significantly less anxiety, depression, improved physical health and, most of all, their confidence to cope with their lives despite the pain had doubled.

Since then Frances has worked in pain rehabilitation services across Yorkshire and with collaboration with patients and clinicians both in primary and specialist care in the UK, created numerous pain management resources.  She has co-created numerous books and other resources; for example Overcoming Chronic Pain – CBT self-help book, recommended by Reading Well Agency 2013 and 2017  and An introduction to Living Well with Pain, 2017. She commissioned Bob Lewin, Professor of Cardiac Rehabilitation, York University,  to create The Pain Management Plan and collaborated with Pain Management programme services around the UK on its evaluation in NHS services use.

She helped develop and evaluate the community based Spinal Pain Management Services For Leeds Community Health Services 2011-2014.

Other roles included:

Clinical Leader for Chronic Pain NHS Kirklees 2009-2012 and co-created online resources for people with pain;

Chair of British Pain Society Pain Management Programme Special Interest Group 2010-2012

Awards gained: National NHS Clinical Leadership Award in 2011 for pain work

AHSCN 2021 Bright Ideas Award for the Ten Footsteps training programmes within the Live Well With Pain resources part of the Gabapentinoid and Opioid Toolbox GOTT project supported by The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, University of Durham.