Researcher biography

Karime Mescouto (she/her/ela/dela) is a Brazilian physiotherapist and a Postdoctoral researcher at RECOVER at The University of Queensland, Australia. Karime works in the Improving health outcomes after musculoskeletal injury team, assisting researchers with qualitative research designs to progress projects. Before pursuing her PhD, Karime worked as a clinician and as a physiotherapy lecturer at two universities in Brazil. In her doctoral research, she was interested in enhancing low back pain healthcare delivery by critically looking at the biopsychosocial model of health. She used a variety of critical qualitative methodologies and collaborated with clinicians and people with lived experience of back pain to explore the social, cultural and interpersonal aspects of clinical and research practices. She holds a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Science and a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Physiotherapy.

Her research interests involve using qualitative methodologies in exploring sociocultural aspects of pain experiences and health and using sociological and philosophical theories in health sciences to foster equitable research, clinical and educational practices.