Senior Research Fellow, School of Clinical Sciences
Phone: 021 106 3172
90 Akoranga Dr, Northcote, 0627
Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142, New Zealand
PhD, MSc, DipPT
Memberships and Affiliations:
International Society of Posture & Gait Research
Neurology Special Interest Group
I am a neurophysio with a research background in movement science, and have recently joined Prof Denise Taylor’s team in the Neurorehabilitation Group. From 2009 – 2016 I worked at Newcastle University UK with Prof Lynn Rochester in the Brain & Movement Research Group, which has a research agenda on ageing and neurodegenerative disease (predominantly Parkinson’s disease). Before leaving NZ I was a Senior Lecturer at the Rehabilitation Teaching & Research Unit, Wellington School of Medicine, University of Otago.
Parkinson’s disease, gait & cognition, falls, neuro-rehabilitation, evidence based practice.
Gait & cognition, and vision in ageing & neurodegenerative disease
I’m keen to establish a research profile that includes use of body worn sensors to measure spatio-temporal features of gait whilst walking in home & community environments. A nuanced knowledge of gait in naturalistic environments is key to understanding the relationship between gait and cognition (and its ultimate degradation, falls); and the use of gait as a prognostic marker for motor and cognitive decline. As a clinician, I’m conscious of the need to intervene early, prior to deficits in gait and balance control becoming established.
Current Research Projects:
Current studies include measurement of gait and activity using body worn sensors in stroke; falls evolution in Parkinson’s disease; and a study evaluating the effect of cueing in Stroke: Development and clinical trial feasibility evaluation of auditory rhythmical cueing to improve gait and physical activity in community dwelling stroke survivors
Stroke Association, UK (PI Dr Sarah Moore Ref: TSA 2016/06) (£207, 511).