Professor Kathryn McPherson
Professor of Rehabilitation, Director of the Person Centered Research Centre, Health and Rehabilitation Reseaerch Institute
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext7110
AA263, AUT North Shore Campus, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote, Auckland, New Zealand
School of Rehabilitation & Occupation Studies
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
AUT University, Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Links to relevant web pages:
Person Centred Research Centre
1992 BA(Hons) Psychology
1987 Diploma in Health Visiting
1983 Registered Midwife
1980 Registered Nurse
Memberships and Affiliations:
- 2010: Member of Council for Stroke Foundation (Northern Region)
- 2010: Cabinet Appointment – the Welfare Working Group
- 2008: Editor, Rehabilitation Research Review
- 2007-9: Northern Rehabilitation Consortium (Chair)
- 2008: Committee Member, NZ Rehabilitation Association
- 2007: STARR (Capacity Building Funding TEC) Steering Group member
- 2004: Honorary Professor, University of Southampton
- 2004: Honorary Professor, Kings College London
- 2004: Editorial Board Member – Clinical Rheabilitaiton, Disability and Rehabilitation, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
- 2001: Associate Editor, QSHC now BMJ Quality and Safety
- 2001-4: Member of Council Society for Research in Rehabilitation
Subsequent to training as a nurse in Australia, Kath completed midwifery training and a Diploma in Health Visiting in Edinburgh Scotland. She completed her psychology honours degree with the Open University (UK) before undertaking her PhD at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1998. Kath was Associate Dean Postgraduate Studies at the University of Otago (Wellington) and Reader in Rehabilitation at the University of Southampton (UK) before joining AUT in 2004. Kath has authored/co-authored in excess of 100 peer-reviewed publications. She also writes many publications for voluntary organisations and disseminates research and scholarship in training for organisations in New Zealand (District Health Boards, the Accident Compensation Corporation, other health and social services) and elsewhere. She is also a Visiting Professor, Kings College, University of London, and University of Southampton.
- Concepts of Rehabilitation
- Innovative Strategies: Engaging in Rehabilitation with developments of new postgraduate papers proposed in measurement and case management.
Neurorehabilitation, measuring what matters in rehabilitation, informing rehabilitation by psychological approaches, quality of life, goal setting, promoting engagement in rehabilitation, promoting participation, understanding the experience of disability, theory in rehabilitation, the ICF. Kath uses both qualitative and quantitative approaches as required.
The main focus of Kath’s research is to: a) enhance understanding of what matters most to people with disabling conditions; b) target outcome measurement in accord with that understanding and; c) develop rehabilitation strategies that are both informed by better understanding of disabled peoples’ perspectives and more responsive to their priorities
Current Research Projects:
- McPherson, Theadom, Levack, Fadyl, Kayes et al Health Research Council (HRC)Experiences of recovery and adaptation after disabling traumatic brain injury: $850,000
- Levack, Kayes, McPherson, Fadyl, Taylor, Weatherall, Siegert University of Otago Research Grant Development of a measure of self-identity and personhood for people with TBI: $44,000
- Feigin, McPherson, Barker-Collo et al Health Research Council (HRC) ARCOS IV (Auckland incidence and outcomes study of stroke): $5million
- McPherson, Gray, Nichols et al Health Research Council (HRC) Portable airway support in stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: $120,000
- McPherson, Kayes, Mudge et al Health Research Council (HRC) Prevention of obesity and its related disorders for disabled people: $250,000
- Feigin, Barker-Collo, McPherson et al Health Research Council (HRC) TBI Incidence Study: $2.5 million
- McPherson, Siegert, Taylor, Kayes et al Goal setting and self regulation skills in brain injury: an RCT $1.6 million
- McPherson, Fadyl, Turner-Stokes ACC Testing a new measure of workability: $106,000
Selection of recent publications:
- Airini, Midson B, Wilson C, Conner L, McPherson K.M. Collings, S. Learning to be leaders in higher education: What helps or hinders women’s advancement as leaders in universities. Educational Management Administration and Leadership 2011 39(1) 44–62
- Lucas-Carrasco R, Eser E, Hao Y, McPherson KM, Green A, Kullmann L, WHOQOL-Dis Group. The quality of care and support for people with disability scale (QOCS): development and psycometric properties. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 2010 (in press)
- Fadyl J, McPherson KM, Kayes N,. Perspectives on quality of care for people who experience disability BMJ Quality & Safety 2010 (in press)..
- Kayes NM, McPherson KM, Schluter P, Taylor D, Leete M, Kolt GS. Exploring the Facilitators and Barriers to Engagement in Physical Activity for People with Multiple Sclerosis Disability and Rehabilitation 2010 (in press).
- Power J, Green AM, WHOQOL-Dis Group. Development of the WHOQOL disabilities module. Development of the WHOQOL disabilities module. Qual Life Res. 2010;19(4):571-84.
- Power J, Green AM, WHOQOL-Dis Group. The Attitudes to Disability Scale (ADS): development and psychometric properties. Journal of Intellectual Disability ResearchVolume 54, Issue 9, pages 860–874.
- Kersten P, Ellis-Hill C, McPherson KM, Harrington R. Beyond the RCT -understanding the relationship between interventions, individuals and outcome the example of neurological rehabilitation. Disabil Rehabil. 2010;32(12):1028-34.
- McPherson KM, Taylor WJ, Leplege A. Rehabilitation outcomes: values, methodologies and applications. Disabil Rehabil. 2010;32(12):961-4.
- Payne D, McPherson KM. Becoming mothers. Multiple sclerosis and motherhood: a qualitative study. Disabil Rehabil. 2010;32(8):629-38. PubMed PMID: 20205575.
- Fadyl JK, McPherson KM, Schluter PJ, Turner-Stokes L. Factors contributing to work-ability for injured workers: literature review and comparison with available measures. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2010;32 (14):1173-84
- Demain S, Wiles R, McPherson K, Ellis-Hill C, Kileff J, Robison J. Qualitative research highlights the challenges of developing new roles for physiotherapy in the optimisation of activity following stroke. Physiotherapy. 2010 Mar;96(1):75. Epub 2009 Dec 23.
- Fadyl JK, McPherson KM. Understanding decisions about work after spinal cord injury. J Occup Rehabil. 2010 Mar;20(1):69-80.
- Williams V, Bruton A, Ellis-Hill C, McPherson K. The effect of pulmonary rehabilitation on perceptions of breathlessness and activity in COPD patients: a qualitative study. Prim Care Respir J. 2010 Mar;19(1):45-51.
- Robison J, Wiles R, Ellis-Hill C, McPherson K, Hyndman D, Ashburn A. on behalf of the Stroke Association Rehabilitation Research Centre Resuming previously valued activities post-stroke: who or what helps? Disabil Rehabil.2009;31(19):1555-66.
- McPherson KM, Kayes N, Weatherall M, on behalf of the Goals-SR group). A pilot study of self-regulation informed goal setting in people with traumatic brain injury. Clinical rehabilitation. 2009 Apr;23(4):296-309
- Levack WM, Siegert RJ, Dean SG, McPherson KM. Goal planning for adults with acquired brain injury: how clinicians talk about involving family. Brain Inj. 2009 Mar;23(3):192-202.
- Kayes NM, Schluter PJ, McPherson KM, Leete M, Mawston G, Taylor D. Exploring actical accelerometers as an objective measure of physical activity in people with multiple sclerosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2009 Apr;90(4):594-601.
- Jackson D, Turner-Stokes L, Murray J, Leese M, McPherson KM. Acquired brain injury and dementia: A comparison of carer experiences. Brain Inj. 2009 Mar 9;23(5):433-44.
- 2010 Mitchell Rosenthall Memorial Award (American Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine)
- 2010 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence (AUT)
- 2009 Invited scholar (1st in competitive award) - Universite Paris Diderot 7