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Professor Leigh Hale

Leigh HaleProfessor Leigh Hale is the Dean of the School of Physiotherapy.

Her research is focused on clinical neurorehabilitation, with specific interests in:

  • Community falls prevention programmes for older adults
  • Fall prevention in adults with intellectual disability
  • Self-management and stroke
  • Exercise and physical activity in people with long term conditions, particularly Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Parkinson's Disease, and Alzheimer's disease
  • The use of virtual reality in stroke rehabilitation

Read more about her research interests here.

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Publications

Taylor, A., Monsanto, X., Kilgour, H., Smith, C., & Hale, L. (2019). Attitudes of healthcare professionals towards self-management for patients with stroke. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 47(1), 25-35. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/47.1.04

Hale, L., Mayland, E., Jenkins, M., Buttery, Y., Norris, P., Butler, M., … Ngocha-Chaderopa, E., … Kayes, N. (2019). Constructing normalcy in dementia care: Carers' perceptions of their roles and the supports they need. Gerontologist. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnz151

Teh, R., Kerse, N., Waters, D. L., Hale, L., Pillai, A., Leilua, E., … Heppenstall, C., & Connolly, M. J. (2019). Study protocol of a randomised controlled trial to examine the impact of a complex intervention in pre-frail older adults. Aging Clinical & Experimental Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s40520-018-1106-7

Kanagasabai, P., Mulligan, H., Devan, H., Mirfin-Veitch, B., & Hale, L. (2019). Environmental factors influencing leisure participation of children with movement impairments in Aotearoa/New Zealand: A mixed method study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 47(2), 105-117. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/47.2.05

Devan, H., Godfrey, H. K., Perry, M. A., Hempel, D., Saipe, B., Hale, L., & Grainger, R. (2019). Current practices of health care providers in recommending online resources for chronic pain self-management. Journal of Pain Research, 12, 2457-2472. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S206539

Chapter in Book - Research

Mirfin-Veitch, B., Conder, J., Treharne, G. J., Hale, L., & Richardson, G. (2018). Challenging methodological and ethical conventions to facilitate research that is responsive to people with learning disabilities. In C. I. Macleod, J. Marx, P. Mnyaka & G. J. Treharne (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of ethics in critical research. (pp. 355-370). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-74721-7_23

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

Rutherford, G., Hale, L., & Powell, D. (2015). 'We put in a few ramps in here and there, that's about it': The need to ramp our minds in academia. In T. Corcoran, J. White & B. Whitburn (Eds.), Disability studies: Educating for inclusion. (pp. 137-153). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense. doi: 10.1007/978-94-6300-199-1_9

Hoermann, S., Hale, L., Winser, S. J., & Regenbrecht, H. (2014). Patient engagement and clinical feasibility of augmented reflection technology for stroke rehabilitation. In P. M. Sharkey & J. Merrick (Eds.), Virtual reality: Rehabilitation in motor, cognitive and sensorial disorders. (pp. 95-106). New York: Nova Science.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Hale, L., Croker, A., & Tasker, D. (2009). The expansion of community-based physiotherapy. In J. Higgs, M. Smith, G. Webb, M. Skinner & A. Croker (Eds.), Contexts of physiotherapy practice. (pp. 139-150). Sydney, Australia: Churchill Livingstone.

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Journal - Research Article

Taylor, A., Monsanto, X., Kilgour, H., Smith, C., & Hale, L. (2019). Attitudes of healthcare professionals towards self-management for patients with stroke. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 47(1), 25-35. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/47.1.04

Devan, H., Godfrey, H. K., Perry, M. A., Hempel, D., Saipe, B., Hale, L., & Grainger, R. (2019). Current practices of health care providers in recommending online resources for chronic pain self-management. Journal of Pain Research, 12, 2457-2472. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S206539

Kanagasabai, P., Mulligan, H., Devan, H., Mirfin-Veitch, B., & Hale, L. (2019). Environmental factors influencing leisure participation of children with movement impairments in Aotearoa/New Zealand: A mixed method study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 47(2), 105-117. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/47.2.05

Teh, R., Kerse, N., Waters, D. L., Hale, L., Pillai, A., Leilua, E., … Heppenstall, C., & Connolly, M. J. (2019). Study protocol of a randomised controlled trial to examine the impact of a complex intervention in pre-frail older adults. Aging Clinical & Experimental Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s40520-018-1106-7

Hale, L., Mayland, E., Jenkins, M., Buttery, Y., Norris, P., Butler, M., … Ngocha-Chaderopa, E., … Kayes, N. (2019). Constructing normalcy in dementia care: Carers' perceptions of their roles and the supports they need. Gerontologist. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnz151

Sole, G., Skinner, M., Hale, L., & Golding, C. (2019). Developing a framework for teaching clinical reasoning skills to undergraduate physiotherapy students: A Delphi study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 47(1), 49-58. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/47.1.06

Hale, L., Vollenhoven, E., Caiman, L., Dryselius, A., & Buttery, Y. (2019). Feasibility and acceptability of Otago Exercise Programme and Prevention of Falls for Adults with Intellectual Disability: A multiple case study design. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 26(6), 1-15. doi: 10.12968/ijtr.2018.0054

Devan, H., Hale, L., Hempel, D., Saipe, B., & Perry, M. A. (2018). What works and does not work in a self-management intervention for people with chronic pain? Qualitative systematic review and meta-synthesis. Physical Therapy, 98(5), 381-397. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzy029

Kanagasabai, P. S., Mulligan, H., Hale, L. A., & Mirfin-Veitch, B. (2018). "I do like the activities which I can do..." Leisure participation experiences of children with movement impairments. Disability & Rehabilitation, 40(14), 1630-1638. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1303093

Hale, L. A., Smith, C. M., Mulligan, H. F., Adhia, D., Siew, B., & Treharne, G. J. (2018). Exploring the Blue Prescription intervention to promote physical activity in people with long-term conditions. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 25(7), 365-376. doi: 10.12968/ijtr.2018.25.7.365

Wilkinson, A., Meikle, N., Law, P., Yong, H. J., Butler, P., Kim, J., Mulligan, H., & Hale, L. (2018). How older adults and their informal carers prevent falls: An integrative review of the literature. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 82, 13-19. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.03.002

Hale, L., Potiki Bryant, K., Ward, A. L., Falloon, A., Montgomery, A., Mirfin-Veitch, B., Tikao, K., & Milosavljevic, S. (2018). Organisational views on health care access for hauā (disabled) Māori in Murihiku (Southland), Aotearoa New Zealand: A mixed methods approach. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 46(2), 51-66. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/46.2.03

Kanagasabai, P. S., Mirfin-Veitch, B., Hale, L. A., & Mulligan, H. (2018). A child-centered method of interviewing children with movement impairments. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 38(3), 255-268. doi: 10.1080/01942638.2017.1365322

Mulligan, H., Armstrong, A., Francis, R., Hitchcock, H., Hughes, E., Thompson, J., Wilkinson, A., & Hale, L. (2018). Engagement in exercise for people with Parkinson's: What is meaningful? New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 46(1), 19-28. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/46.1.04

Jayakaran, P., Perry, M., & Hale, L. (2018). Comparison of self-reported physical activity levels and quality of life between individuals with dysvascular and non-dysvascular below knee amputation: A cross-sectional study. Disability & Health Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2018.10.005

Winser, S. J., Smith, C. M., Hale, L. A., Claydon, L. S., & Whitney, S. L. (2018). Clinical assessment of balance using BBS and SARAbal in cerebellar ataxia: Synthesis of findings of a psychometric property analysis. Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal, 38(1), 53-61. doi: 10.1142/S1013702518500063

Devan, H., Hendrick, P., Hale, L., Carman, A., Dillon, M. P., & Ribeiro, D. C. (2017). Exploring factors influencing low back pain in people with non-dysvascular lower limb amputation: A national survey. PM&R, 9(10), 949-959. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2017.02.004

Sole, G., Pataky, T., Sole, C. C., Hale, L., & Milosavljevic, S. (2017). Age-related plantar centre of pressure trajectory changes during barefoot walking. Gait & Posture, 57, 188-192. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.06.016

Mesbah, N., Perry, M., Hill, K. D., Kaur, M., & Hale, L. (2017). Postural stability in older adults with Alzheimer disease. Physical Therapy, 97(3), 290-309. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20160115

Devan, H., Dillon, M. P., Carman, A. B., Hendrick, P., Hale, L., Boocock, M., & Ribeiro, D. C. (2017). Spinal and pelvic kinematics during gait in people with lower-limb amputation, with and without low back pain: An exploratory study. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, 29(3), 121-129. doi: 10.1097/JPO.0000000000000137

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, 11(5), 558-566. doi: 10.1016/j.orcp.2017.04.006

George, E., Hale, L., & Angelo, J. (2017). Valuing the health of the support worker in the aged care sector. Ageing & Society, 37(5), 1006-1024. doi: 10.1017/S0144686X16000131

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

Hoermann, S., Ferreira dos Santos, L., Morkisch, N., Jettkowski, K., Sillis, M., Devan, H., Kanagasabai, P. S., … Regenbrecht, H., Hale, L., & Cutfield, N. J. (2017). Computerised mirror therapy with Augmented Reflection Technology for early stroke rehabilitation: Clinical feasibility and integration as an adjunct therapy. Disability & Rehabilitation, 39(15), 1503-1514. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1291765

Kanagasabai, P. S., Mulligan, H., Mirfin-Veitch, B., & Hale, L. (2017). Leisure participation patterns of children with movement impairments in New Zealand. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 29(1), 16-22. doi: 10.1097/pep.0000000000000334

Diab, A. S., Hale, L. A., Skinner, M. A., Hammond-Tooke, G., Ward, A. L., & Waters, D. L. (2016). Body composition and postural instability in people with idiopathic Parkinson's disease. Journal of Aging Research & Clinical Practice, 5(1), 14-19. doi: 10.14283/jarcp.2016.86

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

Higgs, C., Skinner, M., & Hale, L. (2016). Outcomes of a community-based lifestyle programme for adults with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Journal of Primary Health Care, 8(2), 130-139. doi: 10.1071/HC15038

Whitehead, L. C., Trip, H. T., Hale, L. A., & Conder, J. (2016). Negotiated autonomy in diabetes self-management: The experiences of adults with intellectual disability and their support workers. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(4), 389-397. doi: 10.1111/jir.12257

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

Trip, H., Conder, J., Hale, L., & Whitehead, L. (2016). The role of key workers in supporting people with intellectual disability in the self-management of their diabetes: A qualitative New Zealand study. Health & Social Care in the Community, 24(6), 789-798. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12262

Janssen, J., Hale, L., Mirfin-Veitch, B., & Harland, T. (2016). Perceptions of physiotherapists towards research: A mixed methods study. Physiotherapy, 102, 210-216. doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2015.04.007

Wurzer, B., Waters, D. L., & Hale, L. A. (2016). Fall-related injuries in a cohort of community-dwelling older adults attending peer-led fall prevention exercise classes. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 39(3), 110-116. doi: 10.1519/jpt.0000000000000061

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

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

Hale, L. A., Mirfin-Veitch, B. F., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). Prevention of falls for adults with intellectual disability (PROFAID): A feasibility study. Disability & Rehabilitation, 38(1), 36-44. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1017613

Potiki Bryant, K., Hale, L., Tikao, K., Milosavljevic, S., Wright-Tawha, T., Ward, A. L., & Mirfin-Veitch, B. F. (2016). Art as a tool for disseminating research outcomes: The Hauā Mana Māori Project and Participatory Action Research in New Zealand. Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation. Retrieved from https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/journalofhumanitiesinrehabilitation

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

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

Devan, H., Carman, A. B., Hendrick, P. A., Ribeiro, D. C., & Hale, L. A. (2015). Perceptions of low back pain in people with lower limb amputation: A focus group study. Disability & Rehabilitation, 37(10), 873-883. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2014.946158

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

Devan, H., Carman, A., Hendrick, P., Hale, L., & Ribeiro, D. C. (2015). Spinal, pelvic, and hip movement asymmetries in people with lower-limb amputation: Systematic review. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, 52(1), 1-20. doi: 10.1682/JRRD.2014.05.0135

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

Hoermann, S., Hale, L., Winser, S. J., & Regenbrecht, H. (2014). Patient engagement and clinical feasibility of Augmented Reflection Technology for stroke rehabilitation. International Journal of Disability & Human Development, 13(3), 355-360. doi: 10.1515/ijdhd-2014-0328

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.

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