Gemma Alder

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Research Officer<br />PhD-Doctor of Philosophy Candidate

Phone: +64 9 921 7815


Physical Address:
Auckland University of Technology
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote 0627
Postal Address:
Auckland University of Technology
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
Links to relevant web pages:
Neurological Rehabilitation


BSc Hons Physiotherapy
MSc Neurorehabilitation 

Memberships and Affiliations:

Rehabilitation Innovation Centre AUT
Neuro Rehabilitation Research Team AUT
Physiotherapy New Zealand
Neurology Special Interest Group
The Association of Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN)


I qualified as a (Charted) Physiotherapist in 2005 from the University of Brighton, UK. From early on in my career I became passionate about working in the field of neurorehabilitation and spent the first ten years of my career working with clients at different stages along the neurological pathway within the NHS and as part of my own neurophysiotherapy private practice.  This allowed me to consolidate a high level of clinical skills and provide a holistic approach to my clients, encouraging them on their road to re-enablement and maximising their independence and function.

In 2009 I completed a Masters in Neurorehabilitation at Brunel University, UK which developed my interest in stroke rehabilitation research. In 2015 I enrolled into a PhD program in Neuroscience and Rehabilitation at AUT University. This has provided me with the opportunity to further develop my research skills and interests related to rehabilitation technology based interventions that promote motor learning and recovery following stroke.

I am currently employed as a Research Officer within the Rehabilitation Innovation Centre (RIC), AUT University where I have an integral role in the development of the RIC registry, a NZ register for people with long term health conditions who are interested in participating in research related to rehabilitation technologies. I have also frequently contributed to the undergraduate physiotherapy programme as a guest lecturer since 2016.

Research Areas:

Stroke rehabilitation
Motor learning
Development of rehabilitation technologies

Research Summary:

My PhD is focused on the optimisation of a Brain Computerised Interface (BCI) that utilises a non-invasive neuromodulatory intervention to improve cortico-motor excitability and functional improvements for people with stroke.
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