Dr Nicola Saywell

Head of Department- Physiotherapy

Email: nicola.saywell@aut.ac.nz

Qualifications:

  • PhD, Auckland University of Technology

Research outputs:

Books

  • Stavric, V., Towersey, N., Saywell, N., Stewart, J., Stretton, T., Signal, N., . . . Rosie, J. (2014). Neuro ToolBox: A guide to physiotherapy assessment and treatment techniques in neurological populations. Auckland, New Zealand: AUT University.

Journal articles

  • Sezier, A. E. I., Saywell, N., Terry, G., Taylor, D., & Kayes, N. (2019). Working-age adults' perspectives on living with persistent postural-perceptual dizziness: A qualitative exploratory study. BMJ Open, 9(4). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024326

  • Saywell, N., Taylor, N., Rodgers, E., Skinner, L., & Boocock, M. (2017). Play-based interventions improve physical function for people with adult-acquired brain injury: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Clinical Rehabilitation, 31(2), 145-157. doi:10.1177/0269215516631384

  • Kitt, C., Wang, V., Harvey-Fitzgerald., & Saywell, N. (2016). Gaining perspectives of people with stroke, to inform development of a group exercise programme: A qualitative descriptive study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 44(1). Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/10.15619/NZJP/44.1.07

  • Signal, N., McPherson, K., Lewis, G., Kayes, N., Saywell, N., Mudge, S., & Taylor, D. (2016). What influences acceptability and engagement with a high intensity exercise programme for people with stroke? A qualitative descriptive study. NeuroRehabilitation, 39(4). doi:10.3233/NRE-161382

  • Saywell, N., & Taylor, D. (2015). Focus group insights assist trial design for stroke telerehabilitation: A qualitative study.. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 31(3). doi:10.3109/09593985.2014.982234

  • Saywell, N., Vandal, A. C., Brown, P., Hanger, H. C., Hale, L., Mudge, S., . . . Taylor, D. (2012). Telerehabilitation to improve outcomes for people with stroke: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 13. doi:10.1186/1745-6215-13-233

  • Saywell, N., Taylor, D., & Boocock, M. (2012). During step descent, older adults exhibit decreased knee range of motion and increased vastus lateralis muscle activity. Gait and Posture, 36(3). doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.05.007

  • Saywell, N., & Taylor, D. (2008). The role of the cerebellum in procedural learning- Are there implications for physiotherapists' clinical practice?. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 24(5). Retrieved from http://informahealthcare.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/09593980701884832

Creative works

  • Towersey, N. C. M. (2014). Assessment of standing balance (No. Of Pieces: ) [Artefact]. AUT Blackboard: AUT Blackboard. Retrieved from https://autonline.aut.ac.nz/

  • Towersey, N. C. M. (2014). Assessment of Somatosensation (No. Of Pieces: ) [Artefact]. AUT Blackboard: AUT Blackboard. Retrieved from https://autonline.aut.ac.nz/

Conference contributions

  • Taylor, D., Saywell, N., Mudge, S., Hale, L., Brown, P., Feigin, V., . . . Vandal, A. (2018). Telerehabilitation can improve outcomes after stroke; but only if you do it. In 11th World Stroke Congress. Montreal.

  • Stavric, V., Saywell, N., & Kayes, N. (2018). Is adherence the end-goal? Using the Person Based Approach to develop a web-based exercise programme to support people living with spinal cord impairment. In The Internatinal Spinal Cord Society Annual Scientific Meeting. Sydney: The International Spinal Cord Society. Retrieved from https://www.iscos.org.uk//2018-annual-scientific-meeting

  • Saywell, N., Taylor, D., & Vandal, A. (2017). Telerehabilitation to improve outcomes for people after stroke - Trial overview and the relationship between the qualitative and quantitative findings. In National Community Physiotherapy Conference 2017. Tauranga.

  • Sezier, A., Saywell, N., Terry, G., Taylor, D., & Kayes, N. (2017). Key considerations for health professionals supporting people experiencing Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD). In New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference 2017. Christchurch: New Zealand Rehabilitation Association. Retrieved from http://www.conference.co.nz/nzrc17/programme

  • Saywell, N., Taylor, D., & Vandal, A. (2017). Augmented community telerehabilitation intervention to improve outcomes for people with stroke AKTIV - a randomised controlled trial. In Cerebrovascular Diseases: ESC 2017 Vol. 43 (pp. OP 068). Berlin: Karger Publishers. doi:10.1159/000471872

  • Sezier, A., Taylor, D., Saywell, N., Kayes, N., & Terry, G. (2017). Key considerations for health professionals supporting people experiencing Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD). In ASSBI 40th Annual Brain Impairment Conference. Melbourne: Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment.

  • Stavric, V., Saywell, N., & Kayes, N. (2017). Protocol to translate a shoulder pain intervention into clinical practice using the Internet. In Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Vol. 98 (pp. e170). Atlanta, Georgia: Elsevier.

  • Saywell, N., Taylor, D., & Vandal, A. (2016). Telerehabilitation after stroke using readily accessible telecommunication - quantitative trial into ACTIV (augmented community telerehabilitation intervention). In Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference 2016. Auckland.

  • Saywell, N., & Taylor, D. (2015). Why aren't we using what we've got?. In International, Multi-disciplinary Rehabilitation conference.. Christchurch.

  • Taylor, D., Chamberlain, J., Signal, N., Scott, N., Kasabov, N., Capecci, E., . . . Hou, Z. G. (2015). Brain-computer interfaces for neuro rehabilitation. In 13th International Conference on Neuro- Computing and Evolving Intelligence (NCEI) 2015. New Zealand: Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research institute.

  • Taylor, D. (2015). Telerehabilitation - is connecting with your patient still meaningful?. In World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress 2015. Singapore.

  • Taylor, D., & Saywell, N. (2015). Telerehabilitation – Is connecting with your patient still meaningful?. In Physiotherapy Vol. 101. : Elsevier.

  • Taylor, D., & Saywell, N. (2014). So, is this a vestibular problem?. In Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference. Auckland.

  • Taylor, D., Scott, N., Kasabov, N., Capecci, E., Tu, E., Saywell, N., . . . Hou, Z. (2014). Feasibility of NeuCube SNN architecture for detecting motor execution and motor intention for use in BCI applications. In 2014 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (pp. 3221-3225). Beijing: IEEE.

  • Saywell, N., & Taylor, T. (2013). Telerehabilitation: Surfing the wave or watching from the beach?. In Neurology group, Neurosymposium 2013: Participation for Life. Wellington.

  • Saywell, N. L., & Taylor, D. (2011). The role of the cerebellum in procedural learning - are there implications for clinical practice?. In New Zealand Stroke & Applied Neurosciences Conference. Auckland.

  • Saywell, N. L., Taylor, D., & Boocock, M. G. (2011). Age dependent differences in ground reaction force and kinematics when descending a step. In 16th International WCPT Congress. Amsterdam.

  • Saywell, N. (2010). Optimising rehabilitation for older adults with osteoarthritis - accuracy and timing of movement may be as important as muscle strength. In Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference Proceedings. Auckland.

  • Saywell, N., & Taylor, D. (2007). The cerebellum and motor learning. In Neurology Special Interest Group, Neurosymposium. Nelson.

Theses

  • Saywell, N. (2010). Age dependent differences in shock absorption in the hip and knee at loading response. (AUT).

Oral presentations

  • Stavric, V., Saywell, N., & Kayes, N. (2018). Shoulder Pain Intervention delivered over the interNet (SPIN): Lost in translation. Sydney, Australia.