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Jo Nunnerley Research Fellow

BSc(Hons)(Keele) MHealSc PhD(Otago)


Jo is a registered physiotherapist, and has worked in the area of Spinal Cord Injuries for over 15 years.

She is also the Knowledge Translation Specialist for the Burwood Academy of Independent Living (BAIL), a small charitable trust facilitating research on the Burwood Campus.

Jo aims to maintain clinical relevance and a drive for impact to her research.

Research interests

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Participation outcomes including employment
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Stakeholder participation in research


Gupta, K., Chang, Z., Gunasekaran, T. S., Zhang, Y., Russomanno, C., Nunnerley, J., … Murphy, P., … Billinghurst, M. (2023). Healing horizons: Adaptive VR for traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. In J. Kim, M. Billinghurst & C. Sandor (Eds.), Proceedings of 16th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia. 15. New York, NY: ACM. doi: 10.1145/3610549.3614600

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, 59(3), 345-354. doi: 10.3233/JVR-230050

Bell, A. J., Nunnerley, J. L., Shackel, D. F., Coates, M. H., Campbell, R. G., Frampton, C. M., & Schouten, R. (2023). Is MRI screening for bone marrow oedema useful in predicting lumbar bone stress injuries in adult male professional cricketers? A New Zealand pilot study. Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport, 26(8), 410-414. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2023.06.013

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

Woodley, S., Ellis, R., Martin, R., Mooney, S., Mudge, S., Nunnerley, J., Perry, M., & Shaikh, N. (2023). Moving forward with innovation in 2023! New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 51(1), 4-5. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/51.1.01

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