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Senior Research FellowJenninfer Dunn

MPhil(Massey) PhD(Otago)


Jennifer is a registered physiotherapist who has worked in the field of spinal cord injury rehabilitation for over 25 years.

She continues to combine a clinical role with her current academic position. The combination of these two positions ensures that clinical relevance is maintained in her research.

Research interests

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Upper limb reconstructive surgery for people with tetraplegia
  • Management of chronic orthopaedic conditions and total joint arthroplasty
  • Rehabilitation outcomes and measurement


Sinnott Jerram, A., Dunn, J., Smaill, R., & Middleton, J. (2023). The lived experience lens on the life impacts of upper extremity surgery. Proceedings of the Tetrahand World Congress. 2761. Retrieved from

Sinnott Jerram, A., Dunn, J., Smaill, R., & Middleton, J. (2023). Differences in Canadian Occupational Performance Measure goals and outcomes depending on spinal cord injury severity. Proceedings of the Tetrahand World Congress. 2760. Retrieved from

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

Timothy, E., Bourke, J., Dunn, J., Martin, R., & Nunnerley, J. (2023). United and flexible: A collaborative approach to early vocational rehabilitation on a spinal unit. A realist study. Spinal Cord Series & Cases, 9, 33. doi: 10.1038/s41394-023-00587-1

Dunn, J. A., Wangdell, J., & Bryden, A. (2023). Grasp and Release Test for tetraplegic hand assessment: An update of the Grasp and Release Test. Spinal Cord. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/s41393-023-00907-0

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