Christine Cummins

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Research Officer

Email: christine.cummins@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4509-6435

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Auckland
  • Masters of Health Science, Auckland University of Technology

Overview:

I am a Research Officer in the Centre for Person Centred Research (PCR). While my special area of expertise is qualitative research, my work in this team involves management of both qualitative and quantitative projects that I have key responsibility for and seeing them through to completion. A key focus of my work involves exploring what matters most to people whose lives are impacted by injury or illness and how to improve rehabilitation delivery. This work has been used to inform undergraduate and post graduate teaching and therefore impacts on health delivery in a direct way. We are also beginning to explore knowledge translation in a more systematic way aiming to identify the best ways to promote change in rehabilitation practice through supporting health professionals to take up new ways of working. Therefore increasing the impact of our work beyond journal metrics

Research interests:

What helps Clinicians embed self-management in their practice?
Using Barad's concept of Diffraction to rethink work disability
Measuring connection and collaboration in rehabilitation
Using peer mentors to support recovery after TBI

Teaching summary:

The therapeutic relationship in rehabilitation
Thematic analysis
Exploring the concept of self-management

Professional activities:

Featured professional activities

  • AUT Vice Chancellors Research Team Excellence Award, Auckland Universtiy of Technology (2018 - ongoing)
  • AUT Vice Chancellors Established Research Team Excellence Award, Auckland University of Technology (2012 - ongoing)

Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

  • AUT Vice Chancellors Research Team Excellence Award, Auckland Universtiy of Technology (2018)
  • AUT Vice Chancellors Established Research Team Excellence Award, Auckland University of Technology (2012)

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

  • Gibson, B. E., Terry, G., Setchell, J., Bright, F. A. S., Cummins, C., & Kayes, N. M. (2020). The micro-politics of caring: Tinkering with person-centered rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 42(11), 1529-1538. doi:10.1080/09638288.2019.1587793

  • Bright, F., Cummins, C., Waterworth, K., Gibson, B. E., & Larmer, P. (2018). What do students learn about communication? The influence of the physiotherapy curriculum in constructing understandings of communication. OpenPhysio, 1-10. Retrieved from https://via.hypothes.is/

  • Kersten, P., Cummins, C., Kayes, N., Babbage, D., Elder, H., Foster, A., . . . McPherson, K. (2018). Making sense of recovery after traumatic brain injury through a peer mentoring intervention: A qualitative exploration. BMJ Open, 8(10), 1-13. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020672

  • Bright, F. A. S., Kayes, N. M., Cummins, C., Worrall, L. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2017). Co-constructing engagement in stroke rehabilitation: A qualitative study exploring how practitioner engagement can influence patient engagement. Clinical Rehabilitation, 31(10). doi:10.1177/0269215517694678

  • Cummins, C., Kayes, N. M., Reeve, J., Smith, G., MacLeod, R., & McPherson, K. M. (2017). Navigating physical activity engagement following a diagnosis of cancer: A qualitative exploration. European Journal of Cancer Care, 26(4). doi:10.1111/ecc.12608

  • Cummins, C., Payne, D., & Kayes, N. M. (2016). Neurorehabilitation: A disciplined disciplining discipline. In BSA Medical Sociology Study Group 48th Annual Conference. Birmingham: BSA Publications. Retrieved from https://www.britsoc.co.uk/

  • McPherson, K. M., Kayes, N. K., Moloczij, N., & Cummins, C. (2014). Improving the interface between informal carers and formal health and social services: A qualitative study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 51(3).

  • Cummins, C., Kayes, N. M., McPherson, K. M., & Moloczij, N. (2011). The interface between informal and formal carers: A critical examination of a government-driven initiative in light of research findings. In Disability Studies: Every Body In Inaugural Conference. Dunedin: Otago University.

  • Cummins, C., Taylor, D., Smith, G., & McPherson, K. (2011). Perceived benefits of a therapeutic exercise programme for woman diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2011 New Zealand Rehabilitation Association Biennial Conference. Auckland New Zealand.

  • Julich, S., Buttle, J., Cummins, C., & Freeborn, E. (2010). Project Restore: An Exploratory Study of Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence. AUT University.

  • Cummins, C., Blijlevens H,., & McPherson, K. (2009). The Stroke survivors' perspective of the barriers and facilitators to returning to work: a qualitative study. In 2009 AFRM / NIRR / NZRA Rehabilitation Conference. Queenstown New Zealand. Retrieved from http://rehabconference2009.tcc.co.nz/assets//Conference%20Programme%20090630.pdf

  • Moloczij, N., Kayes, N., Cummins, C., & McPherson, K. (2009). The Interface Between Informal Caring and Formal Services in New Zealand. Auckland: AUT University. Retrieved from http://www.nhc.health.govt.nz/

Journal articles

  • Gibson, B. E., Terry, G., Setchell, J., Bright, F. A. S., Cummins, C., & Kayes, N. M. (2020). The micro-politics of caring: Tinkering with person-centered rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 42(11), 1529-1538. doi:10.1080/09638288.2019.1587793

  • Bright, F., Cummins, C., Waterworth, K., Gibson, B. E., & Larmer, P. (2018). What do students learn about communication? The influence of the physiotherapy curriculum in constructing understandings of communication. OpenPhysio, 1-10. Retrieved from https://via.hypothes.is/

  • Kersten, P., Cummins, C., Kayes, N., Babbage, D., Elder, H., Foster, A., . . . McPherson, K. (2018). Making sense of recovery after traumatic brain injury through a peer mentoring intervention: A qualitative exploration. BMJ Open, 8(10), 1-13. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020672

  • Bright, F. A. S., Kayes, N. M., Cummins, C., Worrall, L. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2017). Co-constructing engagement in stroke rehabilitation: A qualitative study exploring how practitioner engagement can influence patient engagement. Clinical Rehabilitation, 31(10). doi:10.1177/0269215517694678

  • Cummins, C., Kayes, N. M., Reeve, J., Smith, G., MacLeod, R., & McPherson, K. M. (2017). Navigating physical activity engagement following a diagnosis of cancer: A qualitative exploration. European Journal of Cancer Care, 26(4). doi:10.1111/ecc.12608

  • McPherson, K. M., Kayes, N. K., Moloczij, N., & Cummins, C. (2014). Improving the interface between informal carers and formal health and social services: A qualitative study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 51(3).

  • McPherson, K. M., Kayes, N. K., Moloczij, N., & Cummins, C. (2014). Improving the interface between informal carers and formal health and social services: A qualitative study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 51(3). doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2013.07.006

  • Moloczij, N., McPherson, K., Cummins, C., Jones, K., & Kayes, N. (2007). Evaluating vocational rehabilitation:Barriers and facilitators from a claimants' perspective [Abstract]. Disability & Rehabilitation, 29.

  • Jones, K., Moloczij, N., McPherson, K., & Cummins, C. (2007). Return to work after injury: A return to the same employment role for most working people [Abstract]. Disability & Rehabilitation, 29(20-21). Retrieved from http://informahealthcare.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/09638280701488966

Conference contributions

  • Cummins, C., Payne, D., & Kayes, N. (2018). Neurorehabilitation through a governmental lens. In ISIH 7th international Conference: technologies, bodies and health care. Sydney: In Sickness and in Health. Retrieved from https://isihconference.com/

  • Kayes, N., Cummins, C., Tagaloa, T., Grose, M., & Kersten, P. (2018). Measuring connection and collaboration in rehabilitation: Developing a measure of therapeutic relationship. In Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Vol. 61 (pp. e511). Paris: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/j.rehab.2018.05.1191

  • Cummins, C., Kayes, N., & Payne, D. (2017). Exploring neurorehabilitation through a governmental lens. In Disability Matters: Making the convention real. Dunedin.

  • Bright, F., Waterworth, K., Cummins, C., Larmer, P., & Gibson, B. (2017). "My therapist allowed patients to express themselves" : Exploring student perceptions of 'good' communication practices in physiotherapy. In Making an impact: New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference 2017. Christchurch New Zealand. Retrieved from http://apcc2017.com/nzrc17/programme%E2%80%8B

  • Kayes, N., Cummins, C., Mudge, S., Larmer, P., & Babbage, D. (2017). Changing physiotherapy behaviour to optimise outcome: an indepth examination of a knowledge translation process. In Making an Impact New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference. Christchurch New Zealand.

  • Cummins, C., Kayes, N. M., Mudge, S., Babbage, D., & Larmer, P. (2017). "It doesn't go with what i do in my job": when new ways of working challenge professional identity. In Making an Impact | NZ Rehabilitation Association Conference 2017. Christchurch New Zealand. Retrieved from http://www.conference.co.nz/nzrc17/programme

  • Cummins, C., Kayes, N., & Payne, D. (2017). Neurorehabilitation a disciplined disciplining discipline. In Making an Impact: New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference (pp. 1 page). Christchurch.

  • Cummins, C., Payne, D., & Kayes, N. M. (2016). Neurorehabilitation: A disciplined disciplining discipline. In BSA Medical Sociology Study Group 48th Annual Conference. Birmingham: BSA Publications. Retrieved from https://www.britsoc.co.uk/

  • Cummins, C., Kayes, N. M., & Payne, D. (2016). Taking another look: A reflection on the benefits and challenges involved in conducting a secondary analysis of qualitative data. In Abstracts, Oral for Qualitative Methods Conference (pp. 1-45). Melbourne: Sage. doi:10.1177/1609406916628953

  • Cummins, C., Kersten, P., Kayes, N. M., Babbage, D., Elder, H., & McPherson, K. M. (2015). Peer mentors in traumatic brain injury (TBI): reflections on the experience of mentoring. In AFRM/NZRA Combined Rehabilitation Meeting 2015. Wellington New Zealand.

  • Kersten, P., Cummins, C., Kayes, N. M., Babbage, D., Elder, H., & McPherson, K. (2015). Peer mentoring for people with traumatic brain injury(TBI): the impact on mentees. In AFRM / NZRA Combined Rehabilation Meeting 2015. Wellington New Zealand.

  • Kayes, N. M., Cummins, C., O'Keefe, M., Theadom, A., & McPherson, K. M. (2015). What matters most to the therapeutic relationship in Neurorehabilitation?. In AFRM/NZRA Combined Rehabilitation Meeting 2015. Wellington New Zealand.

  • Cummins, C., Kayes, N. M., Channon, A., & McPherson, K. (2015). Metaphors and analogies to describe the experience of living with a long term health condition. In AFRM/NZRA Combined Rehabilitation Meeting 2015. Wellington New Zealand.

  • Cummins, C., Kayes, N. M., Reeve, J., Smith, G., MacLeod, R., & McPherson, K. M. (2015). "Put back out into the world and left hung out to dry a bit": a place for rehabilitation service provision following a diagnosis of cancer. In AFRM/NZRA Combined Rehabilitation Meeting 2015. Wellington.

  • Kersten, P., Kayes, N. M., Cummins, C., Siegert, R., Elder, H., Weatherall, M., . . . McPherson, K. M. (2015). Peer mentoring after traumatic brain injury – findings from a feasibility study. In 9th World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. Berlin.

  • Kayes, N., Bright, F., Cummins, C., Worrall, L., & McPherson, K. M. (2014). Engagement in stroke rehabilitation: "Something that happens between us". In 37th Annual Brain Impairment Conference. Freemantle, WA.

  • Bright, F., Kayes, N., Cummins, C., Worrall, L., & McPherson, K. (2014). Voices of rehabilitation providers: Talking about engagement. In International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Champaign, IL.

  • Kayes, N. M., Reeve, J., Cummins, C., Smith, G., Macleod, R., & McPherson, K. (2014). Exploring cancer survivors' perspectives of the barriers and facilitators to physical activity engagement following a diagnosis of cancer in New Zealand. In Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference 2014: Linking the chain. Auckland.

  • O'Keeffe, M., Kayes, N. M., Cummins, C., & McPherson, K. (2014). What matters most to Maori? Forming therapeutic relationship in neurorehabilitation. In Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference 2014: Linking the chain. Auckland.

  • Cummins, C., Bright, F., Kayes, N., & McPherson, K. (2013). "I'm just lazy that's the problem': Who is responsible for engagement in rehabilitation?. In New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference: Connecting, Living, Rebuilding. Nelson.

  • 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. In New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference 2013: Connecting, Living, Rebuilding. Nelson.

  • Cummins, C., Taylor, D., Smith, G., & McPherson, K. (2011). Percieved benefits of a therapeutic exercise programme for women diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2011 New Zealand Rehabilitation Association Biennial Conference. Auckland.

  • Kayes, N. M., Moloczij, N., McPherson, K. M., & Cummins, C. (2011). Exploration of the interface between formal and informal care giving in New Zealand. In New Zealand Rehabilitation Association Biennial Conference. Auckland.

  • Cummins, C., Kayes, N. M., McPherson, K. M., & Moloczij, N. (2011). The interface between informal and formal carers: A critical examination of a government-driven initiative in light of research findings. In Disability Studies: Every Body In Inaugural Conference. Dunedin: Otago University.

  • Smith, G., Taylor, D., Cummins, C., & McPherson, K. (2011). Exploring engagement in a personalised therapeutic exercise programme for women diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2011 New Zealand Rehabilitation Association Biennial Conference. Auckland New Zealand.

  • Cummins, C., McPherson, K., & Hawthorne, G. (2011). Face validity of the QOLIBRI (Quality of life after traumatic brain injury). In 2011 New Zealand Rehabilitation Assoication Biennial Conference. Auckland New Zealand.

  • Cummins, C., Taylor, D., Smith, G., & McPherson, K. (2011). Perceived benefits of a therapeutic exercise programme for woman diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2011 New Zealand Rehabilitation Association Biennial Conference. Auckland New Zealand.

  • Blijlevens, H., Cummins, C., & McPherson, K. (2010). The stroke survivors' perspective of the barriers and facilitators to returning to work. In European Stroke Conference. Barcelona. Retrieved from http://www.esc-archive.eu/barcelona10/bar_nurses.asp

  • Cummins, C., Blijlevens H,., & McPherson, K. (2009). The Stroke survivors' perspective of the barriers and facilitators to returning to work: a qualitative study. In 2009 AFRM / NIRR / NZRA Rehabilitation Conference. Queenstown New Zealand. Retrieved from http://rehabconference2009.tcc.co.nz/assets//Conference%20Programme%20090630.pdf

  • McPherson, K., Cummins, C., Jones, K., & Moloczij, N. (2007). Claimant expectations and perceptions of their rights and responsibilities in relation to vocational rehabilitation. In National Institute of Rehabilitation Research and New Zealand Rehabilitation Association Conference 2007. Rotorua.

  • Moloczij, N., McPherson, K., Cummins, C., & Kayes, N. (2007). Evaluating vocational rehabilitation: barriers and facilitators from a claimants perspective. In National Institute of Rehabilitation research and New Zealand Association Conference. Rotoura New Zealand.

  • Cummins, C., McPherson, K., Jones, K., & Moloczij, N. (2007). Claimant expectations and perceptions of their rights and responsibilites in relation to vocational rehabilitation. In Disability and Rehabilitation Vol. 29 (pp. 1634-1663). Rotoura New Zealand.

  • Johnston, S., Charlesworth, P., Kayes, N., McPherson, K., Taylor, D., Cummins, C., . . . Leete, M. (2007). Facilitators and barriers to physical activity for people with stroke: A qualitative exploration. In New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists Neurology Group Neurosymposium Programme and Book of Abstracts (pp. 15). Nelson.

Reports

  • Julich, S., Buttle, J., Cummins, C., & Freeborn, E. (2010). Project Restore: An Exploratory Study of Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence. AUT University.

  • Moloczij, N., Kayes, N., Cummins, C., & McPherson, K. (2009). The Interface Between Informal Caring and Formal Services in New Zealand. Auckland: AUT University. Retrieved from http://www.nhc.health.govt.nz/

Theses

  • Cummins, C., Kayes, N. M., & Payne, D. (2016). Neurorehabilitation a disciplined disciplining discipline. (Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10292/10218

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