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DSM staff profile

Cathy Chapple

Dr Cath Smith

PositionLecturer and Associate Dean (Graduate Research Studies)
QualificationsPhD DipPhty
Research summaryPhysiotherapy, rehabilitation, physical activity, multiple sclerosis

Research

Cath graduated with a Diploma in Physiotherapy at the Withington Hospital School of Physiotherapy, Manchester, UK, in 1985. Following varied roles within the physiotherapy profession, including senior roles in both musculoskeletal and neurorehabilitation fields, and private practice ownership.

Cath became a Professional Practice fellow at the School of Physiotherapy in 2004. At this time she enrolled in her first postgraduate paper and didn't stop until June 2010 when her PhD thesis entitled How does exercise influence fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis? was formally accepted by the University of Otago.

Cath accepted a Research Fellow position in July 2010.

Cath's current research interests include facilitation of participation in physical activity and exercise for people with disability and chronic health problems. She also has a special interest in dog walking and how this human-animal relationship influences health and wellbeing.

Publications

Bell, R., Smith, C., Hale, L., Kira, G., & Tumilty, S. (2017). Understanding obesity in the context of an Indigenous population: A qualitative study. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.orcp.2017.04.006

Winser, S., Smith, C. M., Hale, L. A., Claydon, L. S., Whitney, S. L., Klatt, B., Mottershead, J., … Heyman, R. (2017). Psychometric properties of a core set of measures of balance for people with cerebellar ataxia secondary to multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 98(2), 270-276. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.07.023

Smith, C. M., Treharne, G. J., Mulligan, H., & Hale, L. A. (2016). Using qualitative evidence to develop an intervention for enabling people with chronic disabling conditions to be more physically active. In K. Olson, R. A. Young & I. Z. Schultz (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative health research for evidence-based practice. (pp. 453-472). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2920-7_27

Baxter, S., Smith, C., Treharne, G., Stebbings, S., & Hale, L. (2016). What are the perceived barriers, facilitators and attitudes to exercise for women with rheumatoid arthritis? A qualitative study. Disability & Rehabilitation, 38(8), 773-780. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1061602

Sangelaji, B., Smith, C. M., Paul, L., Kovanur Sampath, K., Treharne, G. J., & Hale, L. A. (2016). The effectiveness of behaviour change interventions to increase physical activity participation in people with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Rehabilitation, 30(6), 559-576. doi: 10.1177/0269215515595274

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, C. M., Treharne, G. J., Mulligan, H., & Hale, L. A. (2016). Using qualitative evidence to develop an intervention for enabling people with chronic disabling conditions to be more physically active. In K. Olson, R. A. Young & I. Z. Schultz (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative health research for evidence-based practice. (pp. 453-472). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2920-7_27

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Journal - Research Article

Bell, R., Smith, C., Hale, L., Kira, G., & Tumilty, S. (2017). Understanding obesity in the context of an Indigenous population: A qualitative study. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.orcp.2017.04.006

Winser, S., Smith, C. M., Hale, L. A., Claydon, L. S., Whitney, S. L., Klatt, B., Mottershead, J., … Heyman, R. (2017). Psychometric properties of a core set of measures of balance for people with cerebellar ataxia secondary to multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 98(2), 270-276. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.07.023

Baxter, S., Smith, C., Treharne, G., Stebbings, S., & Hale, L. (2016). What are the perceived barriers, facilitators and attitudes to exercise for women with rheumatoid arthritis? A qualitative study. Disability & Rehabilitation, 38(8), 773-780. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1061602

Sangelaji, B., Smith, C. M., Paul, L., Kovanur Sampath, K., Treharne, G. J., & Hale, L. A. (2016). The effectiveness of behaviour change interventions to increase physical activity participation in people with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Rehabilitation, 30(6), 559-576. doi: 10.1177/0269215515595274

Bell, R., Tumilty, S., Kira, G., Smith, C., & Hale, L. (2016). Using a community based participatory research model within an indigenous framework to establish an exploratory platform of investigation into obesity. Obesity Medicine, 2, 19-24. doi: 10.1016/j.obmed.2016.03.001

Campbell, K., Smith, C. M., Tumilty, S., Cameron, C., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). How does dog-walking influence perceptions of health and wellbeing in healthy adults? A qualitative dog-walk-along study. Anthrozoös, 29(2), 181-192. doi: 10.1080/08927936.2015.1082770

Baxter, S. V., Hale, L. A., Stebbings, S., Gray, A. R., Smith, C. M., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). Walking is a feasible physical activity for people with rheumatoid arthritis: A feasibility randomized controlled trial. Musculoskeletal Care, 14(1), 47-56. doi: 10.1002/msc.1112

Hall-McMaster, S. M., Treharne, G. J., & Smith, C. M. (2016). 'The positive feel': Unpacking the role of positive thinking in people with multiple sclerosis's thinking aloud about staying physically active. Journal of Health Psychology, 21(12), 3026-3036. doi: 10.1177/1359105315592047

Walter, T., Hale, L., & Smith, C. (2015). Blue prescription: A single-subject design intervention to enable physical activity for people with stroke. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 22(2), 87-95. doi: 10.12968/ijtr.2015.22.2.87

Winser, S. J., Smith, C. M., Hale, L. A., Claydon, L. S., Whitney, S. L., & Mehta, P. (2015). COSMIN for quality rating systematic reviews on psychometric properties [Commentary]. Physical Therapy Reviews, 20(2), 132-134. doi: 10.1179/1743288X15Y.0000000003

Buick, A. R., Mulligan, H. F., & Smith, C. M. (2015). Implementation of physical activity for individuals with severe neurological disability. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 43(3), 98-104. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/43.3.09

Winser, S. J., Smith, C., Hale, L. A., Claydon, L. S., & Whitney, S. L. (2015). Balance outcome measures in cerebellar ataxia: A Delphi survey. Disability & Rehabilitation, 37(2), 165-170. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2014.913709

Smith, C. M., Fitzgerald, H. J. M., & Whitehead, L. (2015). How fatigue influences exercise participation in men with multiple sclerosis. Qualitative Health Research, 25(2), 179-188. doi: 10.1177/1049732314551989

Mulligan, H., Smith, C. M., & Ferdinand, S. (2015). How did the Canterbury Earthquakes affect physiotherapists and physiotherapy services? A qualitative study. Physiotherapy Research International, 20(1), 60-68. doi: 10.1002/pri.1597

Winser, S. J., Smith, C. M., Hale, L. A., Claydon, L. S., Whitney, S. L., & Mehta, P. (2015). Systematic review of the psychometric properties of balance measures for cerebellar ataxia. Clinical Rehabilitation, 29(1), 69-79. doi: 10.1177/0269215514536412

Coombs, S., Eberlein, A., Mantata, K., Turnhout, A., & Smith, C. M. (2015). Did dog ownership influence perceptions of adult health and wellbeing during and following the Canterbury earthquakes? A qualitative study. Australasian Journal of Disaster & Trauma Studies, 19(2), 67-75. Retrieved from http://trauma.massey.ac.nz/index.html

Cameron, C., Smith, C. M., Tumilty, S., & Treharne, G. J. (2014). The feasibility and acceptability of using mobile methods for capturing and analysing data about dog-walking and human health [ML Roberts Prize Winner]. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 42(2), 163-169.

Winser, S., Smith, C. M., Hale, L. A., Claydon, L. S., Whitney, S., Klatt, B., Mottershead, J., … Heyman, R. (2014). Balance assessment in multiple sclerosis and cerebellar ataxia: Rationale, protocol and demographic data. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation International, 1(5), 6.

Hale, L., Jones, F., Mulligan, H., Levack, W., Smith, C., Claydon, L., Milosavljevic, S., Taylor, D., Allan, J., MacKenzie, N., Flannery, J., Edwards, S., Rabone, T., & Alcock, M. (2014). Developing the Bridges self-management programme for New Zealand stroke survivors: A case study. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 21(8), 381-388. doi: 10.12968/ijtr.2014.21.8.381

Mulligan, H., Treharne, G. J., Hale, L. A., & Smith, C. (2013). Combining self-help and professional help to minimize barriers to physical activity in persons with multiple sclerosis: A trial of the "Blue Prescription" approach in New Zealand. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 37, 51-57. doi: 10.1097/NPT.0b013e318292799e

Hale, L. A., Mulligan, H. F., Treharne, G. J., & Smith, C. M. (2013). The feasibility and short-term benefits of Blue Prescription: A novel intervention to enable physical activity for people with multiple sclerosis. Disability & Rehabilitation, 35(14), 1213-1220. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2012.723787

Winser, S. J., Hale, L., Claydon, L. S., & Smith, C. (2013). Outcome measures for the assessment of balance and posture control in cerebellar ataxia. Physical Therapy Reviews, 18(2), 117-133. doi: 10.1179/1743288X13Y.0000000065

Smith, C. M., Hale, L. A., Olson, K., Baxter, G. D., & Schneiders, A. G. (2013). Healthcare provider beliefs about exercise and fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, 50(5), 733-744. doi: 10.1682/JRRD.2012.01.0012

Smith, C. M., Hale, L. A., Mulligan, H. F., & Treharne, G. J. (2013). Participant perceptions of a novel physiotherapy approach ("Blue Prescription") for increasing levels of physical activity in people with multiple sclerosis: A qualitative study following intervention. Disability & Rehabilitation, 35(14), 1174-1181. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2012.723792

Hale, L. A., Smith, C., Mulligan, H., & Treharne, G. J. (2012). "Tell me what you want, what you really really want....": Asking people with multiple sclerosis about enhancing their participation in physical activity. Disability & Rehabilitation, 34(22), 1887-1893. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2012.670037

Smith, C. M., Read, J. E., Bennie, C., Hale, L. A., & Milosavljevic, S. (2012). Can non-immersive virtual reality improve physical outcomes of rehabilitation? Physical Therapy Reviews, 17(1), 1-15. doi: 10.1179/1743288x11y.0000000047

Smith, C., Olson, K., Hale, L. A., Baxter, D., & Schneiders, A. G. (2011). How does fatigue influence community-based exercise participation in people with multiple sclerosis? Disability & Rehabilitation, 33(23-24), 2362-2371. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2011.573054

Smith, C., Hale, L., Olson, K., & Schneiders, A. G. (2009). How does exercise influence fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis? Disability & Rehabilitation, 31(9), 685-692. doi: 10.1080/09638280802273473

Smith, C., & Hale, L. (2007). The unique nature of fatigue in multiple sclerosis: Prevalence, pathophysiology, contributing factors and subjective experience. Physical Therapy Reviews, 12, 43-51.

Smith, C., & Hale, L. (2007). The effects of non-pharmacological interventions on fatigue in four chronic illness conditions: A critical review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 12, 324-334.

Smith, C., & Hale, L. (2006). Arm cranking: An exercise intervention for a severely disabled adult with multiple sclerosis. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 34(3), 172-178.

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Journal - Research Other

Hall-McMaster, S. M., Treharne, G. J., & Smith, C. M. (2016). Positive thinking and physical activity motivation for one individual with multiple sclerosis: A qualitative case-study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 44(1), 26-32. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/44.1.04

Smith, C. (2012). Exercise: 'Friend or foe' for people with multiple sclerosis who experience fatigue? New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 40(1), 29-32. [Commentary].

Smith, C., & Hale, L. (2011). Publications are welcome but mechanisms underlying the effects of new technologies have yet to be delineated [Letter]. Journal of Physiotherapy, 57(2), 131. doi: 10.1016/S1836-9553(11)70030-3

Smith, C. (2011). [Review of the book Clinical exercise: A case-based approach]. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 39(2), 104.

Smith, C. (2006). Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis [Commentary]. Physical Therapy Reviews, 11, 246-247.

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