Verna Stavric

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Phone: 921 9999 ext 7060


Physical Address:
School of Clinical Studies
AUT University
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote 0627
Postal Address:
Private Bag 92006
Address for blogs:

Links to relevant web pages:
Neurological Rehabilitation


  • 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.

Teaching Areas:

  • 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.


  • Stavric, V., Mudge, S., Robertson, L., Rewa, 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 (in press).

  • 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), 34-44.

  • Mudge, S., Kayes, N.M., Stavric, V., Channon, A., Kersten, P., McPherson, K.M. (2013). Living well with disability:  Needs, values and competing factors. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10(1), 100.

  • Stavric V., McNair P.J. (2012). Optimizing muscle power after stroke:  a cross-sectional study.  Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 9(1), 67.

  • Stavric V. (2007).  Muscle Power after Stroke (Master’s Thesis). Auckland University of Technology.

  • Stavric V., McNair P.J. (2006) Muscle power after stroke. (Abstract). New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy 34: 112.