Sue Lord

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Senior Research Fellow

Email: sue.lord@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6670-6191

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Academic appointments:

  • Senior Research Fellow, Auckland University of Technology (2017 - ongoing)

Qualifications:

  • PhD, University of Otago

Overview:

I am a Snr Research Fellow in the Neurorehabilitation Group led by Prof Denise Taylor. As a physiotherapist specialising in neuro-rehabilitation, my key research interests include understanding gait disorder in people with neurological disorder (particularly Parkinson's disease), the link between cognition & gait, and strategies to optimise gait and functional mobility. My recent research focuses on reducing falls in older adults and monitoring physical activity using body worn sensors.

Professional activities:

Appointment, affiliation, and membership

  • Asian Pacific Representative, International Society for Postural Control and Gait (2018 - ongoing)

Conference and event

  • 6th Asian and Oceanian Parkinsons and Movement Disorder Congress (AOPMC), Hangzhou, China (2018)
  • Australia New Zealand Falls Prevention Conference (ANZFP), Tasmania, Australia (2018)
  • Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand (2018)

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • McLaren, R., Signal, N., Lord, S., Taylor, S., Henderson, J., & Taylor, D. (2019). The volume and timing of upper limb movement in acute stroke rehabilitation: Still room for improvement. Disability and Rehabilitation. doi:10.1080/09638288.2019.1590471

  • Lirani-Silva, E., Lord, S., Moat, D., Rochester, L., & Morris, R. (2019). Auditory cueing for gait impairment in persons With Parkinson disease: A pilot study of changes in response with disease progression. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 43(1), 50-55. doi:10.1097/NPT.0000000000000250

  • Lord, S., Isbey, O., Del-Din, S., Rochester, L., & Taylor, L. (2018). Discerning the contribution of balance and mobility to ambulatory activity in community-dwelling octogenarians: A preliminary report. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 46(3), 133-138. Retrieved from https://pnz.org.nz/Category?Action=View&Category_id=591

  • Stuart, S., Lord, S., Galna, B., & Rochester, L. (2018). Saccade frequency response to visual cues during gait in Parkinson's disease: the selective role of attention. European Journal of Neuroscience, 47(7), 769-778. doi:10.1111/ejn.13864

  • Alcock, L., Galna, B., Hausdorff, J. M., Lord, S., & Rochester, L. (2018). Gait & Posture Special Issue: Gait adaptations in response to obstacle type in fallers with Parkinson's disease. Gait and Posture, 61. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2018.01.030

  • Lord, S., Galna, B., Yarnall, A. J., Morris, R., Coleman, S., Burn, D., & Rochester, L. (2017). Natural history of falls in an incident cohort of Parkinson’s disease: Early evolution, risk and protective features. Journal of Neurology, 264(11). doi:10.1007/s00415-017-8620-y

  • Morris, R., Hickey, A., Del Din, S., Godfrey, A., Lord, S., & Rochester, L. (2017). A model of free-living gait: A factor analysis in Parkinson's disease. Gait and Posture, 52. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2016.11.024

  • Rochester, L., Galna, B., Lord, S., Yarnall, A. J., Morris, R., Duncan, G., . . . Burn, D. J. (2017). Decrease in Abeta42 predicts dopa-resistant gait progression in early Parkinson disease. Neurology, 88(16). doi:10.1212/wnl.0000000000003840

  • Alcock, L., Galna, B., Lord, S., & Rochester, L. (2016). Characterisation of foot clearance during gait in people with early Parkinsons disease: Deficits associated with a dual task. J Biomech, 49(13). doi:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2016.06.007

  • Del Din, S., Godfrey, A., Coleman, S., Galna, B., Lord, S., & Rochester, L. (2016). Time-dependent changes in postural control in early Parkinson's disease: what are we missing?. Med Biol Eng Comput, 54(2-3). doi:10.1007/s11517-015-1324-5

  • Del Din, S., Godfrey, A., Galna, B., Lord, S., & Rochester, L. (2016). Free-living gait characteristics in ageing and Parkinson's disease: impact of environment and ambulatory bout length. J Neuroeng Rehabil, 13(1). doi:10.1186/s12984-016-0154-5

  • Del Din, S., Godfrey, A., Mazza, C., Lord, S., & Rochester, L. (2016). Free-living monitoring of Parkinson's disease: Lessons from the field. Mov Disord. doi:10.1002/mds.26718

  • Hiorth, Y. H., Larsen, J. P., Lode, K., Tysnes, O. B., Godfrey, A., Lord, S., . . . Pedersen, K. F. (2016). Impact of Falls on Physical Activity in People with Parkinson's Disease. J Parkinsons Dis, 6(1). doi:10.3233/JPD-150640

  • Lord S., Galna B., Yarnall A., Coleman S., Burn D., & Rochester, L. (2016). Predicting first fall in newly diagnosed Parkinson’s disease: Insights from a fall-naïve cohort. Movement Disorders, 31(12). doi:10.1002/mds.26742

  • Morris, R., Lord, S., Bunce, J., Burn, D., & Rochester, L. (2016). Gait and cognition: Mapping the global and discrete relationships in ageing and neurodegenerative disease. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 64. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.02.012

  • Ross A., Yarnall A., Rochester L., & Lord, S. (2016). A novel approach to falls classification in Parkinson’s disease: Development of the fall-related activity classification (FRAC). Physiotherapy, 103(4). doi:10.1016/j.physio.2016.08.002

  • Stuart, S., Alcock, L., Godfrey, A., Lord, S., Rochester, L., & Galna, B. (2016). Accuracy and re-test reliability of mobile eye-tracking in Parkinson's disease and older adults. Med Eng Phys, 38(3). doi:10.1016/j.medengphy.2015.12.001

  • Stuart, S., Lord, S., Hill, E., & Rochester, L. (2016). Gait in Parkinson's disease: A visuo-cognitive challenge. Neurosci Biobehav Rev, 62. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.01.002

  • Barry, G., Galna, B., Lord, S., Rochester, L., & Godfrey, A. (2015). Defining ambulatory bouts in free-living activity: Impact of brief stationary periods on bout metrics. Gait Posture, 42(4). doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2015.07.062

  • Galna, B., Lord, S., Burn, D. J., & Rochester, L. (2015). Progression of gait dysfunction in incident Parkinson's disease: impact of medication and phenotype. Mov Disord, 30(3). doi:10.1002/mds.26110

  • Mactier, K., Lord, S., Godfrey, A., Burn, D., & Rochester, L. (2015). The relationship between real world ambulatory activity and falls in incident Parkinson's disease: Influence of classification scheme. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 21(3). doi:10.1016/j.parkreldis.2014.12.014

  • Stuart, S., Galna, B., Lord, S., & Rochester, L. (2015). A protocol to examine vision and gait in Parkinson's disease: impact of cognition and response to visual cues. F1000Res, 4. doi:10.12688/f1000research.7320.2

  • Godfrey, A., Lord, S., Galna, B., Mathers, J. C., Burn, D. J., & Rochester, L. (2014). The association between retirement and age on physical activity in older adults. Age Ageing, 43(3). doi:10.1093/ageing/aft168

  • Lord, S., Galna, B., Coleman, S., Yarnall, A., Burn, D., & Rochester, L. (2014). Cognition and gait show a selective pattern of association dominated by phenotype in incident Parkinson's disease. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 6. doi:10.3389/fnagi.2014.00249

  • Rochester, L., Galna, B., Lord, S., & Burn, D. (2014). The nature of dual-task interference during gait in incident Parkinson's disease. Neuroscience, 265. doi:10.1016/j.neuroscience.2014.01.041

  • Rochester, L., Galna, B., Lord, S., Mhiripiri, D., Eglon, G., & Chinnery, P. F. (2014). Gait impairment precedes clinical symptoms in spinocerebellar ataxia type 6. Mov Disord, 29(2). doi:10.1002/mds.25706

  • Stuart, S., Alcock, L., Galna, B., Lord, S., & Rochester, L. (2014). The measurement of visual sampling during real-world activity in Parkinson's disease and healthy controls: a structured literature review. J Neurosci Methods, 222. doi:10.1016/j.jneumeth.2013.11.018

  • Stuart, S., Galna, B., Lord, S., Rochester, L., & Godfrey, A. (2014). Quantifying saccades while walking: validity of a novel velocity-based algorithm for mobile eye tracking. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc, 2014. doi:10.1109/EMBC.2014.6944931

  • Verghese, J., Annweiler, C., Ayers, E., Barzilai, N., Beauchet, O., Bennett, D. A., . . . Wang, C. (2014). Motoric cognitive risk syndrome: Multicountry prevalence and dementia risk. Neurology, 83(8). doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000000717

  • Galna, B., Lord, S., & Rochester, L. (2013). Is gait variability reliable in older adults and Parkinson's disease? Towards an optimal testing protocol. Gait Posture, 37(4). doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.09.025

  • Lord, S., Galna, B., Coleman, S., Burn, D., & Rochester, L. (2013). Mild depressive symptoms are associated with gait impairment in early Parkinson's disease. Mov Disord, 28(5). doi:10.1002/mds.25338

  • Lord, S., Galna, B., & Rochester, L. (2013). Moving forward on gait measurement: Toward a more refined approach. Movement Disorders, 28(11). doi:10.1002/mds.25545

  • Lord, S., Galna, B., Verghese, J., Coleman, S., Burn, D., & Rochester, L. (2013). Independent domains of gait in older adults and associated motor and nonmotor attributes: Validation of a factor analysis approach. Journal of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 68(7). doi:10.1093/gerona/gls255

  • Lord, S., Galna, B., Yarnall, A., Duncan, G., Khoo, T., Burn, D., & Rochester, L. (2013). Gait is associated with decline in attention at 18 months in an incident cohort of Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders, 28.

  • Lord, S., Godfrey, A., Galna, B., Mhiripiri, D., Burn, D., & Rochester, L. (2013). Ambulatory activity in incident Parkinson's: more than meets the eye?. J Neurol, 260(12). doi:10.1007/s00415-013-7037-5

  • Galna, B., Lord, S., Daud, D., Archibald, N., Burn, D., & Rochester, L. (2012). Visual sampling during walking in people with Parkinson's disease and the influence of environment and dual-task. Brain Res, 1473. doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2012.07.017

  • Lord, S., Archibald, N., Mosimann, U., Burn, D., & Rochester, L. (2012). Dorsal rather than ventral visual pathways discriminate freezing status in Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 18(2012). doi:10.1016/j.parkreldis.2012.05.016

  • Lord, S., Godfrey, A., Galna, B., Burn, D., & Rochester, L. (2012). Patterns of daily ambulatory activity are different in early Parkinson's disease compared with controls. Movement Disorders, 27.

  • Rochester, L., Chastin, S. F., Lord, S., Baker, K., & Burn, D. J. (2012). Understanding the impact of deep brain stimulation on ambulatory activity in advanced Parkinson's disease. J Neurol, 259(6). doi:10.1007/s00415-011-6301-9

  • Rochester, L., Yarnall, A. J., Baker, M. R., David, R. V., Lord, S., Galna, B., & Burn, D. J. (2012). Cholinergic dysfunction contributes to gait disturbance in early Parkinson's disease. Brain, 135(Pt 9). doi:10.1093/brain/aws207

  • Lord, S., Baker, K., Nieuwboer, A., Burn, D., & Rochester, L. (2011). Gait variability in Parkinson's disease: an indicator of non-dopaminergic contributors to gait dysfunction?. J Neurol, 258(4). doi:10.1007/s00415-010-5789-8

  • Lord, S., Chastin, S. F., McInnes, L., Little, L., Briggs, P., & Rochester, L. (2011). Exploring patterns of daily physical and sedentary behaviour in community-dwelling older adults. Age Ageing, 40(2). doi:10.1093/ageing/afq166

  • Lord, S., Galna, B., Wesnes, K., Burn, D., & Rochester, L. (2011). Attention rather than spatial memory predicts distinct characteristics of gait in Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders, 26.

  • Lord, S., Howe, T., Greenland, J., Simpson, L., & Rochester, L. (2011). Gait variability in older adults: a structured review of testing protocol and clinimetric properties. Gait Posture, 34(4). doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2011.07.010

  • Rochester, L., Nieuwboer, A., & Lord, S. (2011). Physiotherapy for Parkinson's disease: defining evidence within a framework for intervention. Neurodegen.Dis.Manage., 1(1).

  • Chastin, S. F., Lord, S., & Rochester, L. (2010). Chasing a theoretical basis for the definition and analysis of nonlinear patterns of activity in older adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci, 65(11). doi:10.1093/gerona/glq085

  • Lord, S., Rochester, L., Hetherington, V., Allcock, L. M., & Burn, D. (2010). Executive dysfunction and attention contribute to gait interference in 'off' state Parkinson's Disease. Gait Posture, 31(2). doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2009.09.019

  • Lord, S. E., Weatherall, M., & Rochester, L. (2010). Community ambulation in older adults: which internal characteristics are important?. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 91(3). doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2009.11.008

  • Donovan, K., Lord, S. E., McNaughton, H. K., & Weatherall, M. (2008). Mobility beyond the clinic: the effect of environment on gait and its measurement in community-ambulant stroke survivors. Clin Rehabil, 22(6). doi:10.1177/0269215507085378

  • Lord, S., & Rochester, L. (2008). Gait velocity and community ambulation: the limits of assessment. Stroke, 39(4). doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.107.502203

  • Lord, S., Rochester, L., Baker, K., & Nieuwboer, A. (2008). Concurrent validity of accelerometry to measure gait in Parkinsons Disease. Gait Posture, 27(2). doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2007.04.001

  • Lord, S., McPherson, K. M., McNaughton, H. K., & Weatherall, M. (2008). How feasible is the attainment of community ambulation after stroke? A pilot randomized controlled trial to evaluate community-based physiotherapy in subacute stroke. Clinical Rehabilitation, 22.

  • Lord, S., McPherson, K., McNaughton, H., Rochester, L., & Weatherall, M. (2007). How feasible is community ambulation after stroke? Evaluation of a community-based physiotherapy intervention in sub-acute stroke. Stroke.

  • Lord, S., & Rochester, L. (2007). Walking in the real world: concepts related to functional gait. NZ Journal of Physiotherapy, 35(3).

  • Lord, S. E., Rochester, L., Weatherall, M., McPherson, K. M., & McNaughton, H. K. (2006). The effect of environment and task on gait parameters after stroke: A randomized comparison of measurement conditions. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 87.

  • Lord, S. E., & Rochester, L. (2005). Measurement of community ambulation after stroke: current status and future developments. Stroke, 36(7). doi:10.1161/01.STR.0000170698.20376.2e

  • Siegert, R. J., Lord, S., & Porter, K. (2004). Constraint-induced movement therapy: Time for a little restraint?. Clinical Rehabilitation, 18(1), 110-114. doi:10.1191/0269215504cr711oa

  • Lord, S. E., McPherson, K., McNaughton, H. K., Rochester, L., & Weatherall, M. (2004). Community ambulation after stroke: How important and obtainable is it and what measures appear predictive?. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 85(2). Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/

  • Lord, S. E., McPherson, K., McNaughton, H. K., Rochester, L., & Weatherall, M. (2004). Community ambulation after stroke: how important and obtainable is it and what measures appear predictive?. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 85(2). Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14966707

  • Taylor, W. J., Lord, S., McPherson, K. M., & McNaughton, H. K. (2001). EuroQol EQ-5D may not adequately describe the health of people with disabilities.. Disabil Rehabil, 23(7), 281-285. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11354580

  • Lord, S. E., Halligan, P. W., & Wade, D. T. (1998). Visual gait analysis: the development of a clinical assessment and scale. Clin Rehabil, 12(2). Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9619652

  • Lord, S. E., Wade, D. T., & Halligan, P. W. (1998). A comparison of two physiotherapy treatment approaches to improve walking in multiple sclerosis: a pilot randomized controlled study. Clin Rehabil, 12(6). Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9869251

Book chapters

  • Rochester, L., Lord, S., Yarnall, A. J., & Burn, D. J. (2014). Falls in patients with dementia. In M. Merello, & S. E. Starkstein (Eds.), Movement disorders in dementias (pp. 45-60). London: Springer-Verlag. doi:10.1007/978-1-4471-6365-7_3

  • Rochester, L., Lord, S., & Morris, M. E. (2013). The role of the physiotherapist in the rehabilitation of people with movement disorders. In R. Iansek, & M. E. Morris (Eds.), Rehabilitation in movement disorders (pp. 55-68). New York, USA: Cambridge University Press.

Conference contributions

  • Lord, S. (2016). Gait dysfunction in early Parkinson’s disease and implications for treatment.. In World Parkinson Congress. Portland, Oregon.

  • Lord, S. (2016). Gait signatures in pathology and ageing: What do they tell us?. In Physiotherapy New Zealand. Auckland.

  • Lord, S. (2016). Effective mobility in aging and neuropathology: training requisite skills. .

  • Lord, S., Verghese, J., Beauchet, O., Rosano, C., & Rochester, L. (2016). Characterising the relationship between cognition and gait in older adults in neurodegenerative disease: Lessons for research and clinical practice. In International Webinar series for International Society for Gait & Posture (ISPGR). .

  • Lord, S. (2016). Moving the Vetruvian Man: Gait and the ageing brain. In Newcastle University, UK, Public Lecture in ‘Renaissance Art to Science’ series. .

  • Lord, S. (2015). Gait rather than cognition dominates the association with physical activity in incident Parkinson’s disease. In International Society for Gait & Posture Research. .

  • Lord, S., Burn, D., & Rochester, L. (2015). Gait outcomes discern new fallers from non-fallers at 12 months in incident Parkinson’s disease. In Movement Disorders. : Wiley.

  • Lord, S., Galna, B., Mhiripiri, D., Burn, D., & Rochester, L. (2014). Stability of gait domains over 18 months in Parkinson's disease. In International Society of Gait & Posture Research. .

  • Lord, S., Galna, B., Duncan, G., Yarnall, A., Wesnes, K., Burn, D., & Rochester, A. (2014). The cognitive correlates of gait in incident Parkinson's disease. In 18th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders. .

  • Lord, S. (2013). The effect of early Parkinson's disease on daily ambulatory activity. In International Society of Posture & Gait Research. .

  • Lord, S., Galna, A., Yarnall, A., Duncan, G., Khoo, T., Burn, D., & Rochester, L. (2013). Gait is associated with decline in attention over 18 months in incident Parkinson's disease. In Movement Disorders 2013;28 Suppl 1 :361. Sydney.

  • Godfrey, A., Galna, B., Mhiripiri, D., Burn, D., Rochester, L., & Lord, S. (2013). Sedentary behaviour increases over 18 months in incident Parkinson's disease. In MDS 17th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders. .

  • Lord, S., Galna, B., Burn, D., & Rochester, L. (2012). Use of exploratory factor analysis to describe a model of gait. In ISPGR/Gait & Mental Function 1st Joint World Congress. .

  • Lord, S., Galna, B., Daud, D., Archibald, N., Burn, D., & Rochester, L. (2012). Visual sampling during walking in Parkinson's disease and the influence of task complexity. In 16th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders. .

  • Lord, S., Galna, B., Godfrey, A., & Burn, R. (2012). Patterns of daily ambulatory activity differ in early Parkinson's disease compared with controls. In 16th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders. .

  • Lord, S., McPherson, K., McNaughton, H., & Rochester, L. (2002). Treatment approaches to improve community ambulation following stroke:A survey of current practice amongst New Zealand physiotherapists. In NZSP Biennial Conference. .

Theses

  • Donovan, K. (2006). The effect of three environments on gait performance of community ambulant stroke survivors.

Oral presentations

  • Lord, S. (2016). Gait dysfunction in early Parkinson’s disease and implications for treatment.. Oregon.

  • Lord, S., Galna, B., Godfrey, A., & Rochester, L. (2015). Gait rather than cognition dominates the association with physical activity in incident Parkinson’s disease.