Verna Stavric

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Lecturer

Email: verna.stavric@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9144-4189

Overview:

Verna Stavric is a lecturer in Physiotherapy for the School of Clinical Sciences. In 2007 she completed her Master of Health Science investigating muscle power in people living with stroke. She is currently a PhD candidate, exploring how evidence based exercise principles can be translated into more accessible options through digital interventions for people living with spinal cord impairment. She is part of an international consortium developing physiotherapy clinical practice guidelines for spinal cord injury management. Verna teaches in the physiotherapy undergraduate programme and in selected post-graduate papers.

Research interests:

Spinal cord injury rehabilitation
Neurological rehabilitation
Digital interventions
Behaviour change

Research outputs:

Books

  • Stavric, V., Towersey, N., Saywell, N., Stretton, T., Stewart, J., & Signal, N. (2017). Neuro Toolbox: A guide to physiotherapy assessment and treatment techniques in neurological populations. Auckland, New Zealand: AUT University.

  • 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

  • Stavric, V., Saywell, N., & Kayes, N. M. (2019). Development of a self-guided web-based exercise intervention (SPIN) to treat shoulder pain in people living with spinal cord injury: Protocol of a mixed methods study. BMJ Open, 9(9). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031012

  • Stavric, V., Mudge, S., Robinson, L., & Mewa, M. (2017). What are the outcomes and views of people with mobility limitations after participating in a community circuit group?. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 43(3). doi:10.15619/NZJP/45.3.03

  • Lewis, G. N., Hume, P. A., Stavric, V., Brown, S. R., & Taylor, D. (2017). New Zealand rugby health study: Motor cortex excitability in retired elite and community level rugby players. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1448). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28081555

  • Mudge, S., Kayes, N. M., Stavric, V. A., Channon, A. S., Kersten, P., & McPherson, K. M. (2013). Living well with disability: Needs, values and competing factors. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10. doi:10.1186/1479-5868-10-100

  • Stavric, V. A., & McNair, P. J. (2012). Optimizing muscle power after stroke: A cross-sectional study. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 9. doi:10.1186/1743-0003-9-67

  • Stavric, V., & McNair, P. J. (2006). Muscle power after stroke. [Abstract]. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 34.

Conference contributions

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Signal, N., & Stavric, V. (2014). When the safe thing to do is taking a risk... High intensity training in the neurological population. In Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference 2014: Linking The Chain. Auckland.

  • Mudge, S., Kayes, N. M., Stavric, V., Channon, A., Kersten, P., & McPherson, K. M. (2013). Living well with a disability: Needs, values and competing factors. In NZRC Conference Programme (pp. 74). Nelson.

  • Stavric, V., Mudge, S., Cull, A., & McPherson, K. (2011). Physical activity for individuals experiencing disability: insights from the Living Well Project. In 2011 Biennial Neurosymposium of the Neurology Group of Physiotherapy New Zealand. Dunedin.

  • Cull, A., Stavric, V., Kayes, NM., Mudge, S., McPherson, KM., & Kersten, P. (2011). The meaning of living well. Perspectives from the disabled population regarding physical activity and healthy eating. In Disability Studies: Every Body In Inaugural Conference. Dunedin.

  • Stavric, V., Cull, A., Mudge, S., & McPherson, K. (2011). The Living Well as a disabled person project. In Beyond 2011: New Paradigms to Improve Physical Activity & Nutrition. Satellite Meeting of the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference. Queenstown.

Reports

  • Kayes, N. M., Mudge, S., Cull, A., Stavric, V., Kersten, P., & McPherson, K. M. (2011). The living well for disabled people project – Final report.

Theses

Oral presentations

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

  • Stavric, V., & McNair, P. (2007). Muscle power performance after stroke. Vancouver, Canada.

  • Stavric, V., & McNair, P. (2006). Muscle power after stroke. Auckland.

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