Senior Lecturer, School of Clinical Sciences and Co-Director, Centre for Person Centred Research
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7309
Room AB109B, AUT North Shore Campus, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote, Auckland, New Zealand
School of Clinical Sciences
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
AUT University, Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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PhD, MSc (Hons), BSc
Memberships and Affiliations:
New Zealand Rehabilitation Association
Nicola graduated from the University of Auckland with her masters in health psychology in 2000 and her PhD from AUT University in 2011. Her doctoral work explored physical activity engagement for people with Multiple Sclerosis. She has been working in the Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute since 2005 as a member of the Centre for Person Centred Research (PCR) and is currently contributing to both research and teaching in her role as Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of PCR . Since joining AUT University in 2005, she has contributed to a range of research projects resulting in related publications in a range of reputable international journals including Clinical Rehabilitation, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and Journal of Psychosomatic research.
Paper Coordinator and lecturer for two postgraduate papers:
- Concepts of Rehabilitation
- Innovative Strategies: Engaging in Rehabilitation
Lecturer for four postgraduate papers:
- Vocational Management and Rehabilitation
- Measuring Health and Well-being
- Integrative Research
- Qualitative Research II
Lecturer for two undergraduate papers:
- Physiotherapy Health Priorities
- Rehabilitation and Participation
PhD and MHSc Thesis Supervisor
- Research relating to the intersection of health psychology and rehabilitation
- Understanding the experience of chronic and long-term conditions and engagement in rehabilitation
- Psychologically informed approaches to engagement in rehabilitation
- Exploration of the role that health professionals have in influencing engagement
- Therapeutic connection
- Outcome measurement in rehabilitation
- Physical activity engagement for people with chronic conditions
Nicola’s research predominantly explores the intersection between health psychology and rehabilitation, aiming to challenge conventional rehabilitation practice through the development of innovative strategies to engaging in rehabilitation. Her key research interests include an exploration of factors influencing engagement in rehabilitation (including the role that health professionals play), the development of innovative strategies for facilitating engagement for people with chronic disabling conditions, and the development of outcome measures responsive to the needs of people engaging in the rehabilitation process. Findings from Nicola’s research significantly influence the content of the postgraduate papers she coordinates and teaches which aim to encourage practitioners from a variety of disciplines to explore and challenge their own practice through critical review of knowledge, research and practice in rehabilitation.
Current Research Projects:
• Enhancing collaboration and connection in rehabilitation (EnCOR): What matters most to the therapeutic relationship?
• Exploring engagement in stroke rehabilitation: a qualitative descriptive study
• Implementing new ways of working in physiotherapy practice to optimise outcome
• Living Well Toolkit Project: Living well with a long term neurological condition
• How do clinicians view their role in self-management programmes?
• What helps or hinders physical activity engagement following a diagnosis of cancer?
• Applying the Necessity-Concerns Framework in Rehabilitation: Physical Activity Engagement for People With Long Term Conditions
1. Bright FAS, Kayes NM, Worrall L, McPherson KM (2014). A conceptual review of engagement in healthcare and rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation. In press.
2. Kersten P, McCambridge A, Kayes NM, Theadom A, McPherson KM (2014). Bridging the gap between goal intentions and actions: a systematic review in patient populations. Disability and Rehabilitation. In press.
3. Levack WMM, Boland P, Taylor WJ, Siegert RJ, Kayes NM, Fadyl JK, McPherson KM. (2014). Establishing a person-centred framework of self-identity after traumatic brain injury: a grounded theory study to inform measure development. BMJ Open. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004630
4. Kayes, N.K. Mudge, S. Bright, F. McPherson. K.M. (2014) Whose behaviour matters? Rethinking practitioner behaviour and its influence on rehabilitation outcomes in Rethinking Rehabilitation Theory. McPherson, K.M. Gibson, B.E. Leplege, A. (eds) CRC Press, Taylor& Francis: Boca Raton (in press).
5. McPherson, K.M., N.M. Kayes, and P. Kersten, MEANING as a Smarter Approach to Goals in Rehabilitation, in Rehabilitation Goal Setting: Theory, Practice and Evidence, W. Levack and R. Siegert, Editors. 2014, CRC Press, Taylor& Francis: Boca Raton (in press).
6. Kayes, NM. & Theadom, A. (2014). Developing a research proposal. In Wright St-Clair, V., Reid D., & Shaw, S. (Eds.), Evidence Based Health Practice. Oxford University Press.
7. Van Lit, A., & Kayes, N.M. (2014). A narrative review of hope after spinal cord injury: Implications for physiotherapy. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy. 42(1): 33-41
8. Mudge, S., Stretton, C., Kayes, N.M. (2014). Are physiotherapists comfortable with person-centred practice? An autoethnographical insight. Disability and Rehabilitation. 36 (6): 457-463.
9. Mudge, S., Kayes, N.M., Stavric, V.A., Channon, A.S., Kersten, P. McPherson, K.M. (2013). Living well with a disability: needs, values and competing factors. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 10:100 doi:10.1186/1479-5868-10-100.
10. MacDonald, G., Kayes, N.M. & Bright F. (2013). Exploring engagement in rehabilitation for people with stroke. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy. 41 (3): 112-121.
11. McPherson, K.M., Kayes, N.M., Moloczij, N., Cummins, C. (2013). Improving the interface between informal carers and formal health and social services: A qualitative study. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 51 (3): 418-29.
12. Stretton, C., Mudge, S., Kayes, N.M., Taylor, D., McPherson, K.M. (2013). Activity coaching to improve walking is liked by rehabilitation patients but physiotherapists have concerns: a qualitative study. Journal of Physiotherapy. 59 (3): 199-206.
13. Bright, F., Kayes, N.M., McCann, C., & McPherson, K.M. (2013). Hope in people with aphasia. Aphasiology, 27 (1), 41-58.
14. McPherson, K. and N. M. Kayes (2013). "Response to commentary on: Qualitative research: its practical contribution to physiotherapy." Physical Therapy Reviews 18(3): 227-228.
15. McPherson, K. M. and N. M. Kayes (2012). "Qualitative research: its practical contribution to physiotherapy." Physical Therapy Reviews 17(6): 382-389.
16. Bright, F., Boland, P., Rutherford, S., Kayes, N.M., & McPherson, K.M. (2012). Implementing a Client-Centred Approach in Rehabilitation: An Autoethnography. Disability & Rehabilitation, 34(12), 997-1004.
17. McPherson, K.M., Kayes, N.M., & Hale, L.A. (2012). Engaging rehabilitation technologies: making things happen [editorial]. Disability and Rehabilitation, Early online, 1-2.
18. Kayes, N.M. & McPherson. (2012). Human technologies in rehabilitation: 'Who' and 'How' we are with our clients. Disability & Rehabilitation, 34(22):1907-11.
19. Kayes N.M., Mudge S., Cull A., Stavric V., Kersten P. & McPherson K.M. on behalf of members of the Living Well Project study team (2011). The Living well for disabled people project – Final report. (Research commissioned by the Ministry of Health). Auckland: AUT University.
20. Bright, F., Kayes, N.M., McCann, C., & 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.
21. Besley, J., Kayes, N. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2011). Assessing the measurement properties of two commonly used measures of therapeutic relationship in physiotherapy. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 39(2), 75-80.
22. Besley, J., Kayes, N. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2011). Assessing therapeutic relationships in physiotherapy: Literature review. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 39(2), 81-91.
23. Kersten, P., & Kayes, N.M. (2011). Outcome measurement and the use of Rasch analysis, a statistics-free introduction. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 39(2), 92-99.
24. Kayes, N. M., McPherson, K. M., Taylor, D., Schluter, P. J., & Kolt, G. (2011). Facilitators and barriers to engagement in physical activity for people with multiple sclerosis: a qualitative investigation. Disabil Rehabil, 33(8), 625-642.
25. Kayes, N. M., McPherson, K. M., Schluter, P. J., Taylor, D., Leete, M., & Kolt, G. S. (2011). Exploring the Facilitators and Barriers to Engagement in Physical Activity for People with Multiple Sclerosis. Disability and Rehabilitation, 33(12), 1043-1053.
26. Fadyl, J., McPherson, K. M., & Kayes, N. M. (2010). Perspectives on quality of care for people who experience disability. BMJ Quality and Safety, 20(1), 87-95.
27. Kayes, N. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2010). Measuring what matters: does ‘objectivity’ mean good science? Disability and Rehabilitation, 32(12), 1011-1019.
28. Levack, W. M. M., Kayes, N. M., & Fadyl, J. K. (2010). Experience of recovery and outcome following traumatic brain injury: a metasynthesis of qualitative research. Disability and Rehabilitation, 32(12), 986-999.
29. Mudge, S., McPherson, K.M., & Kayes, N.M. (2010). The Living Well Project: Literature Review Report (A report commissioned by the Health Research Council/Ministry of Health Partnership). Auckland: AUT University
30. Kayes, N. M., Schluter, P. J., McPherson, K. M., Leete, M., Mawston, G., & Taylor, D. (2009). Exploring Actical accelerometers as an objective measure of physical activity in people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90(4), 594-601.
31. Kayes, N. M., Schluter, P. J., McPherson, K. M., Taylor, D., & Kolt, G. S. (2009). The Physical Activity and Disability Survey – Revised (PADS-R): An evaluation of a measure of physical activity in people with chronic neurological conditions. Clinical Rehabilitation, 23(6), 534-543.
32. McPherson, K. M., Kayes, N. M., & Weatherall, M. (2009). A pilot study of self-regulation informed goal setting in people with traumatic brain injury. Clinical Rehabilitation, 23(4), 296-309.
33. Moloczij, N. Kayes, N.M., McPherson, K.M., & Cummins, C. (2009). The Interface between Informal Caring and Formal Services in New Zealand: Final Report (A report commissioned by the National Health Committee). Auckland: AUT University
34. Moloczij, N., McPherson, K. M., Smith, J. F., & Kayes, N. M. (2008). Help-seeking at the time of stroke: stroke survivors' perspectives on their decisions. Health and Social Care in the Community, 16(5), 501-510.
35. McPherson, K. M., Fadyl, J., Rutherford, S., Bright, F., Kayes, N. M., & Moloczij, N. (2009). Measuring Return to Work and Workability - Literature Reviews: Final Report (A report commissioned by the Accident Compensation Corporation New Zealand). Auckland: AUT University.
36. McPherson, K., Kayes, N., Fadyl, J., Smith, G., Moloczij, N., & Kersten, P. (2009). Reviews of Return to Work and Prevention of Work Disability: Final Report (A report commissioned by the Accident Compensation Corporation New Zealand). Auckland: AUT University.
37. Moloczij, N., K.M, M., & N.M., K. (2009). Evaluation of a stroke service designed to increase community integration and participation for the chronic stroke survivor: Final report. Auckland: AUT University (report commissioned by Laura Fergusson Trust).
38. Ylvisaker, M., McPherson, K., Kayes, N., & Pellett, E. (2008). Metaphoric identity mapping: Facilitating goal setting and engagement in rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 18(5/6), 713-741.
39. Kayes, N. M., McPherson, K. M., Taylor, D., Schluter, P. J., Wilson, B. K., & Kolt, G. S. (2007). The Physical Activity and Disability Survey (PADS): reliability, validity and acceptability in people with multiple sclerosis. Clinical Rehabilitation, 21(7), 628-639.
40. McNaughton, H., Kayes, N., & McPherson, K. (2006). Interferon beta, PHARMAC, and political directives: in the best interests of people with multiple sclerosis? The New Zealand Medical Journal, 119(1232), U1939
41. Kayes, N. M., McPherson, K. M., & Reid, D. (2006). Complex Assessment Project: October 2005 - March 2006 (A report commissioned by the Accident Compensation Corporation New Zealand). Auckland: Auckland University of Technology
42. McPherson, K. M., Kayes, N., & Moloczij, N. (2005). Evaluating outcomes in rehabilitation (A report commissioned by the Accident Compensation Corporation New Zealand). Auckland: Auckland University of Technology
43. Jopson, N. M., & Moss-Morris, R. (2003). The role of illness severity and illness representations in adjusting to multiple sclerosis. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 54(6), 503-511.
• 2013 Best Poster Presentation at the New Zealand Rehabilitation Association Biennial Conference
• 2012 AUT Vice Chancellors Established Research Team Excellent Award (Person Centred Research Centre)
• 2011 AUT Vice Chancellors Emerging Researcher Excellence Award
• 2011 Best Emerging Researcher, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, AUT University
• 2011 Best Presentation in Stroke and Applied Neurosciences at the New Zealand Rehabilitation Association Biennial Conference
• 2010 Symposia on ‘Engagement In Rehabilitation – A Key Component of Services That Work?’ awarded status of Mitchell Rosenthal Memorial Lecture at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Montreal, Canada
• 2007 AUT Vice Chancellors Research Team Excellence Award (Person Centred Rehabilitation Team)