Nitika Kumari

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Doctoral Candidate/ Research Assistant

Phone: 0273707917


Physical Address:

Room AB104
Auckland University of Technology
Akoranga Campus
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142

Postal Address:

Auckland University of Technology
Akoranga Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Auckland 0627

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Neurological Rehabilitation


  • 2013, Masters of Physiotherapy (Rehabilitation)
  • 2010, Bachelors of Physiotherapy

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Neuro Rehabilitation Research Team AUT


I completed a Masters of Physiotherapy degree specialising in Rehabilitation in 2013. I am now pursuing PhD under the supervision of Dr Nada Signal and Professor Denise Taylor.

Prior to commencing my PhD, I worked as a full-time physiotherapist in India for 2 years working in areas such as neurology, community based rehabilitation, musculoskeletal, and cardio-pulmonary conditions.

In addition to pursuing my PhD, I have been working as a Research Assistant at AUT in projects like outcomes after trauma study (June, 2016-March,2017) and traumatic anterior shoulder dislocation study (April, 2016 to present).

My research interest revolves around stroke rehabilitation and the use of neuro-modulatory interventions to facilitate motor learning.

Research Areas:

Stroke Rehabilitation
Locomotor Adaptation

Research Summary:

My PhD investigates the use of non-invasive brain stimulation for people with chronic stroke to enhance learning of novel gait patterns. I am particularly interested in stimulating the cerebellum with transcranial direct current stimulation(tDCS) and exploring its effects on motor learning. I conducted phase one of this trial, where the efficacy of tDCS was investigated in healthy adults. During this, I gained experience in 3 dimensional motion analysis which was used to measure the learning of novel walking pattern on a split-belt treadmill.

Current Research Projects:

PhD Topic: The effect of cerebellar transcranial direct current stimulation on locomotor re-learning in people with chronic stroke

I am currently working on Phase One of my PhD research topic:

  • The effect of anodal cerebellar transcranial direct current stimulation on learning a novel walking task in healthy adults.


  • Ganesh S., Chhabra, D., & Kumari, N. (2016). The effectiveness of rehabilitation on pain-free farming in agriculture workers with low back pain in India. Work, 55(2).
  • Kumari, N. (2014). Identification of aspects of functioning, disability and health relevant to patients experiencing Low Back Pain: A qualitative study using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Journal of Rehabilitation (The official journal of Swami Vivekanand National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research, India) 1(1).


Gold medal in Bachelor of Physiotherapy Course (2005-2009)

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