Dr Lechi Vo
BSc (Hons), Grad Dip (Computer Science), PhD (Psychology)

Lecturer/Scholarly Teaching Fellow

About me

I started my undergraduate study in Psychology at Murdoch University in 2008. My Honours thesis, completed in 2010, which primarily focused on understanding how alcohol and amphetamine dependence influences the emotional decision making process.

Following my Honours year, I came across some interesting studies about pain and decided that it would be worthwhile pursuing. Hence, in 2011 I took on pain as a topic for my Ph.D. research. The aim of my Ph.D. thesis was to understand how pain is processed in healthy humans.  In particular, we wanted to clarify further the neural mechanisms that are involved in inhibiting and facilitating pain in healthy pain-free individuals. My PhD thesis was conferred in March 2014.

I have been lecturing and coordinating Undergraduate psychology units both onshore and offshore, as well as pursuing pain research at Murdoch University since October 2013.

Research areas

My main research interests include exploring human pain mechanisms, the influence of expectancy (placebo/nocebo) and catastrophizing on pain response, as well as social modulation of pain.

Current projects

Please refer to Research Areas.

Awards and grants

September 2015 – Professor Peter Drummond, Adjunct Professor Phil Finch and I were awarded a research grant $70K from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. The project is to examine central sensitization and auditory disturbances in complex regional pain syndrome.

Events and speaking engagements

Attended the Australian Pain Society 36th Annual Conference in Perth, March 2016

Attended and presented a Poster Abstract at the 14th World Congress of Pain, Milan, August 2012.


Professional and community service

I am currently a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), and the Australian Pain Society.



  • Vo, L., Drummond, P., (2017), Effect of combined opioid receptor and alpha2-adrenoreceptor blockade on anxiety and electrically evoked startle responses, Journal of Psychopharmacology, 31, 6, pages 722 - 729.
  • Vo, L., Drummond, P., (2016), Involvement of alpha2-adrenoreceptors in inhibitory and facilitatory pain modulation processes, European Journal of Pain, 20, , pages 386 - 398.
  • Vo, L., Hood, S., Drummond, P., (2016), Involvement of Opioid Receptors and alpha(2)-Adrenoceptors in Inhibitory Pain Modulation Processes: A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Crossover Study, The Journal of Pain, 17, 11, pages 1164 - 1173.
  • Vo, L., Drummond, E., (2016), Involvement of alpha(2)-adrenoceptors in inhibitory and facilitatory pain modulation processes, European Journal of Pain, 20, 3, pages 386 - 398.
  • Vo, L., Drummond, P., (2014), Analgesia to pressure-pain develops in the ipsilateral forehead after high- and low-frequency electrical stimulation of the forearm, Experimental Brain Research, 232, 2, pages 685 - 693.
  • Vo, L., Drummond, P., (2014), Coexistence of ipsilateral pain-inhibitory and facilitatory processes after high-frequency electrical stimulation, European Journal of Pain, 18, 3, pages 376 - 385.
  • Vo, L., Drummond, P., (2013), High frequency electrical stimulation concurrently induces central sensitization and ipsilateral inhibitory pain modulation, European Journal of Pain, 17, 3, pages 357 - 368.