Director of Clinical Trials Canterbury Orthopaedic and Bone Research Association (COBRA)
Research Associate ProfessorMSc(Cant) PhD (Otago)
Based at the Burwood Hospital Campus, Deborah co-ordinates clinical trials and oversees data collection by the COBRA team, for people undergoing hip and knee replacements in Canterbury.
She is a registered clinical psychologist and has worked in the area of neuropsychological rehabilitation for many years. She leads the Concussion Clinic at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service at Burwood Hospital and locums for the QRS Concussion Service in Auckland once a month.
Deborah enjoys collaboration with research colleagues around New Zealand and internationally and is involved in researching outcomes after traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and osteoarthritis. She is the treasurer for both the NZ Rehabilitation Association and the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (Canterbury Branch).
She is focused on ensuring clinical relevance is maintained in her research activities and enjoys the dual role of working both as a practising clinician and as a health researcher.
- Injury rehabilitation (e.g., traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, musculoskeletal injuries)
- Health and surgical outcomes for people living with chronic conditions
- Patient reported outcomes
- Psychological models of health and wellness
Dunn, J. A., Boyce, C. D., Nunnerley, J. L., Martin, R. A., & Snell, D. L. (2023). Describing pathways for return to work following spinal cord injury. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3233/JVR-230050
Faulkner, J. W., Theadom, A., Snell, D. L., & Williams, M. N. (2023). Network analysis applied to post-concussion symptoms in two mild traumatic brain injury samples. Frontiers in Neurology, 14, 1226367. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2023.1226367
Faulkner, J. W., Snell, D. L., Theadom, A., de Terte, I., & Low, R. (2023). Patterns of post-traumatic stress symptoms in mild traumatic brain injury and their relationship with outcomes: A latent profile analysis. Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2023.2227401
Griffiths, G. S., Thompson, B. L., Snell, D. L., & Dunn, J. A. (2023). Person-centred managment of upper limb complex regional pain syndrome: An integrative review of non-pharmacological treatment. Hand Therapy, 28(1), 16-32. doi: 10.1177/17589983221138610
Graham, F. P., Williman, J. A., Desha, L. N., Snell, D., Jones, B., Ingham, T. R., Latu, A., Maggo, J. K., Ranta, A., & Ziviani, J. (2023). Occupational performance coaching for children with neurodisability: A randomized controlled trial protocol. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy / Revue canadienne d’ergothérapie. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/00084174231160976