Dr Felicity Bright

Felicity

Engagement, health and rehabilitation

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 x 7097

Email: felicity.bright@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote
North Shore
Auckland


Postal Address:
Mail No. A-11
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

Links to relevant web pages:
http://www.pcrc.aut.ac.nz/

Qualifications:

2016 Doctor of Philosophy
2011 Masters of Health Science (Honours)
2007 Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Distinction)
2001 Bachelor of Speech Language Therapy (Honours)

Memberships and Affiliations:

Full member, New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists’ Association
Affiliate, Clinical Centre of Research Excellence – Aphasia, University of Queensland, Australia
Member, Centre for Person Centred Research
Professional Member, Royal Society of New Zealand

Biography:

I currently co-ordinate qualifications in case management, and contribute to a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Schools of Clinical Sciences and Interprofessional Health Studies.

My professional background is in speech-language therapy. I have worked in neurological rehabilitation for nearly fifteen years. Over the last seven years, I have worked in a range of research and teaching roles at AUT, in the Centre for Person Centred Research, and the Physiotherapy Department.



Teaching Areas:

I contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in case management, rehabilitation, engagement, person-centred practice, qualitative research and speech-language therapy

Research Areas:

  • Patient engagement, in particular the practitioner’s role in engaging patients
  • Patient-practitioner communication
  • Client-centred practice
  • Aphasia
  • Hope
  • Student education

Research Summary:

My research focuses on engagement, the therapeutic relationship and healthcare communication. I explore how and why rehabilitation practitioners work in the ways they do, exploring actions, values and beliefs and how these impact on service provision and patient-practitioner interaction. My research brings together my expertise in rehabilitation, speech-language therapy, and clinical education. Current studies address how students and rehabilitation providers interact with people and engage them in rehabilitation, and how practitioners engage people experiencing communication disability in stroke rehabilitation.

Future research will explore how engagement, therapeutic relationship and healthcare communication are and can be incorporated in student education and in clinical practice.  I am particularly interested in working alongside practitioners to support them to critique and develop their practice.


Current Research Projects:

Conceptual review of person centred care in rehabilitation. (with Dr Tiago Jesus, Associate Professor Nicola Kayes and Professor Cheryl Cott)

Engaging people with communication difficulties in stroke rehabilitation (PhD). Supervisors: Associate Professor Nicola Kayes, Professor Kath McPherson, Professor Linda Worrall

People with aphasia as expert teachers (with Sandy Rutherford) 

Publications:

Peer reviewed journal articles

Jesus, T., Bright, F., Kayes, N. & Cott, C. (in press). Person-centered rehabilitation – what exactly does it mean? Protocol for a scoping review with thematic analysis towards framing the concept and practice of person-centered rehabilitation. BMJ Open.

Bright, F., Kayes, N., Worrall, L. & McPherson, K. (2015). A conceptual review of engagement in healthcare and rehabilitation. Disability & Rehabilitation, 37(8), 643-654. doi:10.3109/09638288.2014.933899

MacDonald, G., Kayes, N. M., & Bright, F. (2013). Barriers and facilitators to engagement in rehabilitation for people with stroke: A review of the literature. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 41(3), 112-121.

Bright, F, Kayes, N. M., McCann, C. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2013). Hope in people with aphasia. Aphasiology, 27(1), 41-58. doi:10.1080/02687038.2012.718069

Bright, F., Boland, P., Rutherford, S. J., Kayes, N. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2012). Implementing a client centred approach in rehabilitation: An autoethnography. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34(12), 997-1004. doi:10.3109/09638288.2011.629712

Bright, F., Kayes, N. M., McCann, C. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2011). Understanding hope after stroke: A systematic review of the literature using concept analysis. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 18(5), 490-508.

Book chapters

Kayes, N., Mudge, S., Bright, F., & McPherson, K. (2015). Whose behaviour matters? Rethinking practitioner behaviour and its influence on rehabilitation outcomes. In K. McPherson, B. Gibson & A. LePlege (Eds.), Rethinking Rehabilitation. London, United Kingdom: CRC Press.

Rutherford, S., & Bright, F. (2014). Supporting practitioners to engage with research. In V. Wright-St. Clair, D. Reid, S. Shaw & J. Ramsbotham (Eds.), Evidence-based health practice (pp. 269-282). Victoria, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Invited conference presentations

Bright, F. (2014, 5 November). The role of the clinician in patient engagement. Keynote address at Stroke Foundation South Island Seminar, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Bright, F., (2014, 2 July). Promoting the voice of people with communication difficulties in services. Workshop presented at National Disability Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Bright, F. (2013, 23 May). Does how we think about therapy matter? ‘Voices’ and values in speech language therapy.  Keynote address at the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists’ Association Professional Development seminar.  Hamilton, New Zealand

Peer reviewed conference presentations

Bright, F., Kayes, N., Cummins, C., Worrall, L., & McPherson, K. (2014, 22 May). Voices of rehabilitation providers: Talking about engagement. Poster presented at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign, IL.

Kayes, N., Bright, F., Cummins, C., Worrall., L. & McPherson, K. (2014, 9 May). Engagement in stroke rehabilitation: “Something that happens between us”. Paper presented at the Brain Impairment Conference, Perth, Australia.

Bright, F., Kayes, N., Worrall, L., & McPherson, K. (2014, 22 May). Voice(s) in action: Using the Listening Guide in observational research. Poster presented at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign, IL.

Cummins, C., Bright, F., Kayes, N. M., & McPherson, K. (2013, March). "I’m just lazy that’s the problem”: who is responsible for engagement in rehabilitation? Presented at the New Zealand Rehabilitation Association Conference. Nelson, New Zealand.

Kayes, N. M., Bright, F., van Lit, A., McCann, C., & McPherson, K. M. (2013). Hope in neurorehabilitation: Blind optimism or an untapped resource?  Presented at the New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference 2013. Nelson, New Zealand.

Bright, F., Kayes, N. M., Cummins, C., McPherson, K. M., & Worrall, L. (2013). “There needs to be some connectivity there": The role of therapeutic connections in facilitating engagement in rehabilitation. Presented at the New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference 2013. Nelson, New Zealand.

Bright, F., Kayes, N. M., McCann, C., & McPherson, K. M. (2011). Understanding hope in people with aphasia: Implications for clinical practice. Presented at the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association Professional Development Seminar. Dunedin, New Zealand.

Bright, F., Kayes, N., McCann, C., & McPherson, K. (2010, April). Hope: Its role in the journey of recovery. Presented at the Practice Worth Spreading: New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.

Rutherford, S., McPherson, K., Kayes, N., & Bright, F. (2010). Identity oriented goal setting after TBI. A new approach to client centred goal setting. Presented at the NZAOT conference: Shifting Sands, Creating our place. Nelson, New Zealand.

Bright, F., McPherson, K., Kayes, N., & Rutherford, S. (2010). Identity oriented goal setting: A promising tool for speech-language therapy? Presented at the Participation 2010: The National Conference of Speech Pathology Australia. Melbourne, Victoria.

Bright, F., & Howe, T. (2010). Goal setting for speech language therapists. Workshop presented at the Practice Worth Spreading: New Zealand Speech-language Therapists' Association Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.

Bright, F., Ronaldson, A., & Harvey, K. (2008). The process and effectiveness of discharge planning: A multidimensional service evaluation audit. Presented at the Allied Health Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.

Theses

Bright, F. (2011). Exploring hope in people with aphasia. (MHSc thesis), AUT University, Auckland.

Awards:

2014    Teaching Assistant Award, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
2013    People with aphasia as expert teachers, Centre for Learning and Teaching Grant, AUT University
2012    Research Excellence Award, New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association
2011    Vice Chancellors’ Doctoral Scholarship
2011    Laura Fergusson Rehabilitation, Doctoral Expense Funding
2011    Engagement in stroke rehabilitation, AUT contestable research grant

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