Dr Joanna Fadyl

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Senior Lecturer, School of Clinical Sciences & Deputy Director, Centre for Person Centred Research

Phone: 09 921 9999 ext 7675

Email: jfadyl@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

Room AB110, AUT North Shore Campus, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote 0627, Auckland, New Zealand

Postal Address:

School of Clinical Sciences
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
AUT University, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, New Zealand

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MHSc (Hons)


Jo came to her current roles in research and teaching from prior work in vocational rehabilitation. She has a particular interest in how societal culture and values influence health and rehabilitation - frequently drawing on scholarship in critical disability studies and post-structural theory.

Jo teaches on the postgraduate rehabilitation programme and has published on a range of aspects of rehabilitation research and methodology. She also contributes to the field internationally as peer reviewer, examiner and speaker at national and international conferences. Jo has worked on a diverse range of research projects in both principal and co-investigator roles, and is involved in developing research capacity through postgraduate research supervision, research leadership and methodological discussion forums.

Teaching Areas:

Vocational rehabilitation

Case management

Social and political context of disability and rehabilitation

Post-structural research

Research Areas:

Vocational rehabilitation and Work-ability

Experiences of adaptation and recovery

Social and political context of disability

Research Summary:

Jo's current research programme focuses on high-quality NZ-based vocational rehabilitation research, and using post-structural inquiry in rehabilitation research. This includes encouraging researchers and practitioners to consider the role that rehabilitation plays in broader society and what that means for their practice.

Current Research Projects:

For specific project information please visit: https://cpcr.aut.ac.nz


Fadyl, J. K., Teachman, G., & Hamdani, Y. (2019). Problematizing ‘productive citizenship’ within rehabilitation services: Insights from three studies. Disability and Rehabilitation. doi:10.1080/09638288.2019.1573935

Fadyl, J. K., Theadom, A., Channon, A., & McPherson, K. M. (2017). Recovery and adaptation after traumatic brain injury in New Zealand: Longitudinal qualitative findings over the first two years. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. doi:10.1080/09602011.2017.1364653

Fadyl, J. K., Channon, A., Theadom, A., McPherson, K. M., & TBI Experiences Research Group. (2017). Optimising qualitative longitudinal analysis: Insights from a study of traumatic brain injury recovery and adaptation. Nursing Inquiry, 24(2). doi:10.1111/nin.12170

McPherson, K., Fadyl, J., Theadom, A., Channon, A., Levack, W., Starkey, N., . . . TBI Experiences Research Group. (2018). Living life after Traumatic Brain Injury: Phase 1 of a longitudinal qualitative study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 33(1).

Fadyl, J. K., & Payne, D. (2016). Socially constructed ‘value’ and vocational experiences following neurological injury. Disability and Rehabilitation, 38(22). doi:10.3109/09638288.2015.1116620

Fadyl, J. K., McPherson, K., & Nicholls, D. A. (2015). Re/creating entrepreneurs of the self:  Discourses of worker/employee ‘value’ and current vocational rehabilitation practices. Sociology of Health and Illness, 37(4), 506-521. doi:10.1111/1467-9566.12212

Nicholls, D. A., Gibson, B. E., & Fadyl, J. K. (2015). Rethinking movement: Postmodern reflections on a dominant rehabilitation discourse. In K. McPherson, B. E. Gibson, & A. LaPlege (Eds.), Rethinking rehabilitation: Theory and practice. London, UK: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis.

Levack, W., Boland, P., Taylor, W., Siegert, R., Kayes, N., Fadyl, J., . . . McPherson, K. (2014). Establishing a person-centred framework of self-identity after traumatic brain injury: A grounded theory study to inform measure development. British Medical Journal Open, 4. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004630

Fadyl, J. K., McPherson, K. M., Schluter, P. J., & Turner-Stokes, L. (2014). Development of a new tool to evaluate work support needs and guide vocational rehabilitation: The Work-ability Support Scale (WSS). Disability and Rehabilitation. doi:10.3109/09638288.2014.914586 

Theadom, A., Fadyl, J., Hollands, T., Foster, A., & McPherson, K. M. (2014). Exploring participant experiences of research after traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 28(7), 995-1002. doi:10.3109/02699052.2014.888767

Turner-Stokes, L., Fadyl, J., Rose, H., Williams, H., Schluter, P., & McPherson, K. (2013). The Work-ability Support Scale: Evaluation of scoring accuracy and rater reliability. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. doi:10.1007/s10926-013-9486-1

Fadyl, J., & Nicholls, D. A. (2013). Foucault, the subject, and the research interview: A critique of methods. Nursing Inquiry, 20(1), 23-29.

Fadyl, JK., Nicholls, D. A., & McPherson, KM. (2013). Interrogating discourse: The application of Foucault’s methodological discussion to specific inquiry. Health: an interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health, illness and medicine, 17(5), 491-507. doi:10.1177/1363459312464073

Denny, S. E., & Fadyl, J. K. (2012). Envisaging Vocational Rehabilitation (No. Of Pieces: 2) [Booklet and video]. Germany: Westfälischer Kunstverein. Retrieved from http://natlib.govt.nz/records/30557316?search%5Bpath%5D=items&search%5Btext%5D=envisaging+vocational+rehabilitation

Fadyl, J. K., McPherson, K. M., Schluter, P. J., & Turner-Stokes, L. (2010). Erratum: Factors contributing to work-ability for injured workers: Literature review and comparison with available measures (Disability and Rehabilitation 32:14 (1173-1183)). Disability and Rehabilitation, 32(19), 1619.

Fadyl, J. K., & McPherson, K. M. (2009). Understanding decisions about work after spinal cord injury. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 20(1), 69-80. Retrieved from http://www.springerlink.com.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/content/c13x23531n5486n1/fulltext.pdf

Fadyl, J., & McPherson, K. (2009). Approaches to vocational rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury: A review of the evidence. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 24(3), 195-212.

Levack, W. M. M., Kayes, N. M., & Fadyl, J. K. (2010). Experience of recovery and outcome following traumatic brain injury: a metasynthesis of qualitative research. Disability and Rehabilitation, 32(12), 986-999.

Fadyl, J. K., McPherson, K. M., Schluter, P. J., & Turner Stokes, L. (2010). Factors contributing to work-ability for injured workers: Literature review and comparison with available measures. Disability & Rehabilitation, 32(14), 1173-1183. Retrieved from http://informahealthcare.com.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/doi/full/10.3109/09638281003653302

Fadyl, J. K., McPherson, K. M., & Kayes, N. M. (2011). Perspectives on quality of care for people who experience disability. BMJ Quality & Safety, 20(1), 87-95. Retrieved from http://qualitysafety.bmj.com.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/content/20/1/87.full.pdf

Fadyl, J. K., & McPherson, K. M. (2008). Return to work after injury: A review of evidence regarding expectations and injury perceptions, and their influence on outcome. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 18(4), 362-374. Retrieved from http://www.springerlink.com.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/content/p0n8338306117056/fulltext.pdf