Phone: 921 9999 ext 7060
School of Clinical Studies
90 Akoranga Drive
Private Bag 92006
- Bachelor of Science (Physical Therapy)
- Master of Health Science
Memberships and Affiliations:
- Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand
- Physiotherapy New Zealand
- International Spinal Cord Society
Verna received her physiotherapy Bachelor degree from the University of Toronto in 1992. She worked in a wide variety of settings in both Canada and in New Zealand that included ICU, musculoskeletal, geriatric, community care, sports, acute neurology, neurosurgery, acute respiratory and rehabilitation. While in New Zealand, her focus shifted to the area of spinal cord injury.
She began working at AUT as a guest lecturer in 2000 and has taught in the undergraduate neurology programme since that time. She completed her Masters in health science in 2007 and is currently a PhD candidate, exploring how evidence based exercise principles can be translated into more accessible options for people living with spinal cord impairment.
- Undergraduate teaching
- neurological anatomy and physiology
- neurological assessment and rehabilitation
- health promotion and determinants of health
Current Research Projects:
Currently looking at translating evidence based exercise principles into a web-based tool to support self-management of shoulder pain in people living with spinal cord impairment.