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Academic promotions awarded, 2015

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Congratulations to CHARR staff members Leigh Hale and Gill Johnson on their recent academic promotions.

Professor Leigh Hale

Leigh Hale primarily researches in the area of community-based physiotherapeutic rehabilitation for people living with disability and with neurological conditions, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and focuses on how physiotherapists can enable people to optimally live healthy and engaging lives. Current research projects include evaluating community-based fall prevention programmes for older adults and for adults with intellectual disability; interventions to assist people living with disability and/or chronic conditions to sustain physical activity participation; evaluation of the Bridges Self-Management Programme for people post-stroke; accessibility of health and disability services for hauā (disabled) Māori; and the use of virtual reality and other technologies in upper limb stroke rehabilitation. This work has been funded both by University of Otago internal grants and external funding bodies, primarily the Health Research Council of New Zealand, ACC, Lottery Health and Physiotherapy New Zealand.

Associate Professor Gill Johnson

Gill’s main research focus is in the area of spinal health and factors impacting on self-reports of low back pain. Her more recent research interests include the examination of balance performance in different patient populations and quantifying coupled movement patterns between the jaw and cervical spine using kinematic analysis. Gill’s clinical interests include musculoskeletal dysfunction and professional practice issues.