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Research FellowJenninfer Dunn

MPhil(Massey) PhD(Otago)

Email jennifer.dunn@otago.ac.nz

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

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Publications

Dunn, J. A., Hackney, J. J., Martin, R. A., Tietjens, D., Young, T., Bourke, J. A., Snell, D. L., Nunnerley, J. L., … Derrett, S. (2021). Development of a programme theory for early intervention vocational rehabilitation: A Realist literature review. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10926-021-10000-z

Bohm, E. R., Kirby, S., Trepman, E., Hallstrom, B. R., Rolfson, O., Wilkinson, J. M., … Dunn, J., … Navarro, R. A. (2021). Collection and reporting of patient-reported outcome measures in arthroplasty registries: Multinational survey and recommendations. Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/corr.0000000000001852

Dunn, J., Martin, R. A., Hackney, J. J., Nunnerley, J. L., Snell, D., Bourke, J. A., … Derrett, S. (2021). Early vocational rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury: A research protocol using realist synthesis and interviews to understand how and why it works. BMJ Open, 11, e048753. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-048753

Dunn, J., & Wangdell, J. (2021). Improving upper limb function. In J. Reznik & J. Simmons (Eds.), Rehabilitation in spinal cord injuries. (pp. 273-297). Chatswood, Australia: Elsevier.

Snell, D. L., Dunn, J. A., Jerram, K. A. S., Hsieh, C. J., DeJong, G., & Hooper, G. J. (2021). Associations between comorbidity and quality of life outcomes after total joint replacement. Quality of Life Research, 30, 137-144. doi: 10.1007/s11136-020-02610-6

Dunn, J., & Wangdell, J. (2021). Improving upper limb function. In J. Reznik & J. Simmons (Eds.), Rehabilitation in spinal cord injuries. (pp. 273-297). Chatswood, Australia: Elsevier.

Chapter in Book - Research

Goodman, G., Dunn, J., & Bryden, A. (2020). Outcomes, assessment, and research in assistive technology. In L. Gitlow & K. Flecky (Eds.), Assistive technologies and environmental interventions in healthcare: An integrated approach. (pp. 71-91). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell.

Chapter in Book - Research

Dunn, J. A., Hackney, J. J., Martin, R. A., Tietjens, D., Young, T., Bourke, J. A., Snell, D. L., Nunnerley, J. L., … Derrett, S. (2021). Development of a programme theory for early intervention vocational rehabilitation: A Realist literature review. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10926-021-10000-z

Journal - Research Article

Snell, D. L., Dunn, J. A., Jerram, K. A. S., Hsieh, C. J., DeJong, G., & Hooper, G. J. (2021). Associations between comorbidity and quality of life outcomes after total joint replacement. Quality of Life Research, 30, 137-144. doi: 10.1007/s11136-020-02610-6

Journal - Research Article

Snell, D. L., Jerram, K. A. S., Dunn, J. A., Hsieh, C. J., DeJong, G., & Hooper, G. J. (2020). Use of rehabilitation after hip and knee replacement in New Zealand: A national survey. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1510), 45-55. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Snell, D. L., Dunn, J. A., Sinnott, K. A., Hsieh, C. J., De Jong, G., & Hooper, G. J. (2019). Joint replacement rehabilitation and the role of funding source. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 51(10), 770-778. doi: 10.2340/16501977-2600

Journal - Research Article

Snell, D. L., Hipango, J., Sinnott, K. A., Dunn, J. A., Rothwell, A., Hsieh, C. J., … Hooper, G. (2018). Rehabilitation after total joint replacement: A scoping study. Disability & Rehabilitation, 40(14), 1718-1731. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1300947

Journal - Research Article

Dunn, J. A., Mohammed, K. D., Beadel, G. P., Rothwell, A. G., & Simcock, J. W. (2017). A comparative outcome study of hamstring versus tibialis anterior and synthetic grafts for deltoid to triceps transfers. Journal of Hand Surgery (Am), 42(10), 833.e1-833.e9. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2017.05.013

Journal - Research Article

Dunn, J. A., Nicholls, J. M., Snell, D. L., & Nunnerley, J. L. (2017). New Zealand wheelchair users' preparedness for emergencies. Australasian Journal of Disaster & Trauma Studies, 21(1), 3-18. Retrieved from http://trauma.massey.ac.nz/index.html

Journal - Research Article

Simcock, J. W., Dunn, J. A., Buckley, N. T., Mohammed, K. D., Beadel, G. P., & Rothwell, A. G. (2017). Identification of patients with cervical SCI suitable for early nerve transfer to achieve hand opening. Spinal Cord, 55, 131-134. doi: 10.1038/sc.2016.128

Journal - Research Article

Dunn, J. A., Hay-Smith, E. J., Keeling, S., & Sinnott, K. A. (2016). Decision-making about upper limb tendon transfer surgery by people with tetraplegia for more than 10 years. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 97(6, Suppl. 2), S88-S96. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.09.026

Journal - Research Article

Dunn, J. A., Sinnott, K. A., Rothwell, A. G., Mohammed, K. D., & Simcock, J. W. (2016). Tendon transfer surgery for people with tetraplegia: An overview. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 97(6, Suppl. 2), S75-S80. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.01.034

Journal - Research Article

Koch-Borner, S., Dunn, J. A., Fridén, J., & Wangdell, J. (2016). Rehabilitation after posterior deltoid to triceps transfer in tetraplegia. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 97(6, Suppl. 2), S126-S135. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.01.037

Journal - Research Article

Nunnerley, J., Dunn, J., McPherson, K., Hooper, G., & Woodfield, T. (2016). Return to work for severely injured survivors of the Christchurch earthquake: Influences in the first 2 years. Disability & Rehabilitation, 38(10), 987-993. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1070299

Journal - Research Article

Rolfson, O., Chenok, K. E., Bohm, E., Lübbeke, A., Denissen, G., Dunn, J., … the Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Working Group of the International Society of Arthroplasty Registries. (2016). Patient-reported outcome measures in arthroplasty registries: Report of the Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Working Group of the International Society of Arthroplasty Registries: Part I: Overview and rationale for patient-reported outcome measures. Acta Orthopaedica, 87(eSuppl. 362), 3-8. doi: 10.1080/17453674.2016.1181815

Journal - Research Article

Sinnott, K. A., Dunn, J. A., Wangdell, J., Johanson, M. E., Hall, A. S., & Post, M. W. (2016). Measurement of outcomes of upper limb reconstructive surgery for tetraplegia. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 97(6, Suppl. 2), S169-S181. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.10.110

Journal - Research Article

Snell, D. L., Siegert, R. J., Surgenor, L. J., Dunn, J. A., & Hooper, G. J. (2016). Evaluating quality of life outcomes following joint replacement: Psychometric evaluation of a short form of the WHOQOL-Bref. Quality of Life Research, 25, 51-61. doi: 10.1007/s11136-015-1044-1

Journal - Research Article

Middleton, J. W., Piccenna, L., Gruen, R. L., Williams, S., Creasey, G., Dunlop, S., … Dunn, J. A., … Bragge, P. (2015). Developing a spinal cord injury research strategy using a structured process of evidence review and stakeholder dialogue. Part III: Outcomes. Spinal Cord, 53, 729-737. doi: 10.1038/sc.2015.87

Journal - Research Article

Nunnerley, J., Dunn, J., McPherson, K., Hooper, G., & Woodfield, T. (2015). Participation and quality of life outcomes among individuals with earthquake-related physical disability: A systematic review. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 47, 385-393. doi: 10.2340/16501977-1965

Journal - Research Article

Dunn, J. A., Rothwell, A. G., Mohammed, K. D., & Sinnott, K. A. (2014). The effects of aging on upper limb tendon transfers in patients with tetraplegia. Journal of Hand Surgery (Am), 39(2), 317-323. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2013.11.037

Journal - Research Article

Mohammed, K., & Dunn, J. A. (2014). Shoulder pain in tetraplegia. Orthopaedics & Trauma, 28(1), 27-32. doi: 10.1016/j.mporth.2014.01.001

Journal - Research Article

Sinnott, K. A., Dunn, J. A., Rothwell, A. G., Hall, A. S., & Post, M. W. M. (2014). The development of the NZ-based International Upper Limb Surgery Registry. Spinal Cord, 52(8), 611-615. doi: 10.1038/sc.2014.57

Journal - Research Article

Dunn, J. A., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Whitehead, L. C., & Keeling, S. (2013). Liminality and decision making for upper limb surgery in tetraplegia: A grounded theory. Disability & Rehabilitation, 35(15), 1293-1301. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2012.727945

Journal - Research Article

Dunn, J. A., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Whitehead, L. C., & Keeling, S. (2012). Issues influencing the decision to have upper limb surgery for people with tetraplegia. Spinal Cord, 50, 844-847. doi: 10.1038/sc.2012.58

Journal - Research Article

Dunn, J. A., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Whitehead, L. C., Keeling, S., & Rothwell, A. G. (2010). Upper limb reconstructive surgery uptake for persons with tetraplegia in New Zealand: A retrospective case review 2001-2005. Spinal Cord, 48(11), 832-837. doi: 10.1038/sc.2010.15

Journal - Research Article

Dunn, J., Sinnott, K. A., Nunnerley, J., & Scheuringer, M. (2009). Utilisation of patient perspective to validate clinical measures of outcome following spinal cord injury. Disability & Rehabilitation, 31(12), 967-975. doi: 10.1080/09638280802358407

Journal - Research Article

Dunn, J. A., Sinnott, K. A., Bryden, A. M., Connolly, S. J., & Rothwell, A. G. (2008). Measurement issues related to upper limb interventions in persons who have tetraplegia. Hand Clinics, 24(2), 161-168. doi: 10.1016/j.hcl.2008.01.005

Journal - Research Article

Sinnott, K. A., Dunn, J. A., & Rothwell, A. G. (2004). Use of the ICF conceptual framework to interpret hand function outcomes following tendon transfer surgery for tetraplegia. Spinal Cord, 42(7), 396-400.

Journal - Research Article

Rothwell, A., Sinnott, A., Mohammed, K. D., Dunn, J. A., & Sinclair, S. (2003). Upper limb surgery for tetraplegia: A 10-year re-review of hand function. Journal of Hand Surgery (Am), 28A, 489-497.

Journal - Research Article

Dunn, J., Martin, R. A., Hackney, J. J., Nunnerley, J. L., Snell, D., Bourke, J. A., … Derrett, S. (2021). Early vocational rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury: A research protocol using realist synthesis and interviews to understand how and why it works. BMJ Open, 11, e048753. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-048753

Journal - Research Other

Jerram, K. A. S., Dunn, J. A., Smaill, R. P., & Middleton, J. W. (2019). Using mixed methods to better appreciate the life impact of upper limb reconstruction surgeries for tetraplegia in New Zealand: A study protocol. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation International, 4, 1-6. doi: 10.15761/PMRR.1000194

Journal - Research Other

Dunn, J. (2011). [Commentary on the article Influence of a locomotor training approach on walking speed and distance in people with chronic spinal cord injury: A randomised clinical trial]. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 39(1), 47.

Journal - Research Other

Rolfson, O., Bohm, E., Franklin, P., Lyman, S., Denissen, G., Dawson, J., Dunn, J., … Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Working Group of the International Society of Arthroplasty Registries. (2016). Patient-reported outcome measures in arthroplasty registries: Report of the Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Working Group of the International Society of Arthroplasty Registries: Part II: Recommendations for selection, administration, and analysis. Acta Orthopaedica, 87(eSuppl. 362), 9-23. doi: 10.1080/17453674.2016.1181816

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Rolfson, O., Wissig, S., van Maasakkers, L., Stowell, C., Ackerman, I., Ayers, D., … Dunn, J., … Franklin, P. D. (2016). Defining an international Standard Set of outcome measures for patients with hip or knee osteoarthritis: Consensus of the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis Working Group. Arthritis Care & Research, 68(11), 1631-1639. doi: 10.1002/acr.22868

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Bohm, E. R., Kirby, S., Trepman, E., Hallstrom, B. R., Rolfson, O., Wilkinson, J. M., … Dunn, J., … Navarro, R. A. (2021). Collection and reporting of patient-reported outcome measures in arthroplasty registries: Multinational survey and recommendations. Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/corr.0000000000001852

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Stilwell, G., Symons, D., Gooch, S., & Dunn, J. (2019). Measurement of multidirectional arm strength for people in a seated position. ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC-CIE) (Vol. 6): 15th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, & Control. V006T09A013. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. doi: 10.1115/DETC2019-98097

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Borren, G. L., Gooch, S. D., Ingram, B., Jenkins, A., & Dunn, J. (2014). Classification efficiency in wheelchair rugby: Throwing analysis. IFAC Proceedings Volumes, 47(3), (pp. 4772-4777). doi: 10.3182/20140824-6-ZA-1003.01335

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Ingram, B. J., Gooch, S., Borren, G. L., Jenkins, A., Tromop van Dalen, C., & Dunn, J. (2014). Classification efficiency in wheelchair rugby: Wheelchair propulsion power analysis. IFAC Proceedings Volumes, 47(3), (pp. 4778-4783). doi: 10.3182/20140824-6-ZA-1003.01959

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Jenkins, A., Gooch, S. D., Theallier, D., & Dunn, J. (2014). Analysis of a lever-driven wheelchair prototype and the correlation between static push force and wheelchair performance. IFAC Proceedings Volumes, 47(3), (pp. 9895-9900). doi: 10.3182/20140824-6-ZA-1003.02052

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Tromop van Dalen, C. J. R., Gooch, S., Ingram, B. J., Borren, G. L., Jenkins, A., & Dunn, J. (2014). Classification efficiency in wheelchair rugby: Strength analysis. IFAC Proceedings Volumes, 47(3), (pp. 9901-9906). doi: 10.3182/20140824-6-ZA-1003.01956

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Nunnerley, J., Martin, R., Bourke, J., Shahtahmasebi, Z., Snell, D., & Dunn, J. (2019). Developing a framework for spinal cord injury (SCI) peer support. Proceedings of the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) Annual Scientific Meeting. O8. Retrieved from https://www2.asia-spinalinjury.org/meetings/2019/guide/program/sessions/detail.iphtml?id=926

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Sinnott Jerram, A., Middleton, J., Dunn, J., & Smaill, R. (2019). A mixed methods approach to better appreciate arm/hand reconstructions for tetraplegia in New Zealand. Proceedings of the 58th International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) Annual Scientific Meeting. 325. Retrieved from https://www.iscos.org.uk

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Dunn, J. A., McNaughton, Q. K. M., Beadel, G. P., Simcock, J. W., Mohammed, K. D., & Rothwell, A. G. (2018). Accelerating rehabilitation times following deltoid-triceps surgery. Proceedings of the Tetrahand World Congress: Adding Quality to Life. (pp. 26). Retrieved from http://tetrahand2018.com/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Simcock, J. W., McNaughton, Q. K. M., Dunn, J. A., Beadel, G. P., & Mohammed, K. D. (2018). Outcomes of supinator to PIN nerve transfers following C5 level SCIs: The challenge of a heterogenous population. Proceedings of the Tetrahand World Congress: Adding Quality to Life. (pp. 69). Retrieved from http://tetrahand2018.com/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Wangdell, J., & Dunn, J. (2018). The development of tetraplegia upper limb activities questionnaire, TUAQ. Proceedings of the Tetrahand World Congress: Adding Quality to Life. (pp. 55). Retrieved from http://tetrahand2018.com/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Howard-Brown, C., Croot, T., Pene, B., & Dunn, J. (2017). NZ's first national SCI registry: The first year's results. Proceedings of the New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference: Making an Impact: Putting Knowledge to Work in Rehabilitation. Retrieved from http://www.nzrehabconference2017.co.nz/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Snell, D., Sinnott, A., Dunn, J., Hsieh, J. T., Rothwell, A., DeJong, G., & Hooper, G. (2017). Rehabilitation after joint replacement in New Zealand: A national survey [Plenary]. Proceedings of the New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference: Making an Impact: Putting Knowledge to Work in Rehabilitation. Retrieved from http://www.nzrehabconference2017.co.nz/nzrc17

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Ferdinand, S., Dunn, J., Banks, T., King, V., Marrow, K., & Szeto, M. (2016). Patient and physiotherapists’ priorities for rehabilitation in an inpatient spinal unit setting: A qualitative study. Proceedings of the Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference. (pp. 72). Retrieved from https://pnz.org.nz/conference

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Nunnerley, J., Dunn, J., McPherson, K., Woodfield, T., & Hooper, G. (2016). Negotiating the return to work after an earthquake injury. In J. Deely & A. Dierckx (Eds.), Proceedings of the Inaugural People in Disasters Conference. (pp. 37). School of Psychology, Massey University. Retrieved from http://www.massey.ac.nz/~trauma/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Snell, D., Siegert, R., Surgenor, L., Dunn, J., & Hooper, G. (2016). Reducing patient burden with quality of life questionnaires: Psychometric evaluation of a short form of the WHOQOL-Bref in arthroplasty patients. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 97(10), (pp. e37). doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.08.108

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