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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

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

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

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/

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/

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/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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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.

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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

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

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

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

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

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

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

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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

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/

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/

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/

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/

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

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

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

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/

Dunn, J. (2015). Development of the Manual Wheelchair Performance Measure (MWPM). Proceedings of the 4th International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) and Asia Joint Scientific Meeting. Retrieved from http://www.iscosmeetings.org/

Nunnerley, J., Hooper, G., Woodfield, T., McPherson, K., & Dunn, J. (2013). The participation and quality of life outcomes following physical disability as a result of an earthquake: A systematic review. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1386). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Nunnerley, J., Dunn, J., McPherson, K., Woodfield, T., & Hooper, G. (2013). The influences on return to employment/productivity for people injured as a result of the Christchurch 22 February 2011 earthquake: A grounded theory study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1386). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Martin, R., Nunnerley, J., Shahtahmasebi, Z., Bourke, J., Snell, D., & Dunn, J. (2018, September). The development of a peer support framework in New Zealand. Poster session presented at the 57th International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) and 25th Australia New Zealand Spinal Cord Society (ANZSCoS) Combined Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, Australia.

Nunnerley, J., Dunn, J., Singhal, R., Schouten, R., Lin, P., Patel, A., Storey, R., & Dalzell, K. (2018, September). Impact of a direct admission policy to specialised centers for patients with traumatic spinal cord injuries: The New Zealand experience. Poster session presented at the 57th International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) and 25th Australia New Zealand Spinal Cord Society (ANZSCoS) Combined Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, Australia.

Sinnott, K. A., Dunn, J., Rothwell, A., Frampton, C., & Post, M. (2013, August). Data driven collaborations: The development of the NZ based upper limb surgery registry for upper limb surgery. Poster session presented at the Australian & New Zealand Spinal Cord Society (ANZSCoS) Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, Australia.

Nunnerley, J., Dunn, J., McPherson, K., Woodfield, T., & Hooper, G. (2013, October). The influences on return to employment/productivity for people injured as a result of the Christchurch February 22nd earthquake: A grounded theory study. Poster session presented at the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) 52nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey.

Nunnerley, J., Hooper, G., Woodfield, T., McPherson, K., & Dunn, J. (2013, March). The participation and quality of life outcomes following physical disability as a result of an earthquake: A systematic review. Poster session presented at the New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference: Connecting, Living, Rebuilding, Nelson, New Zealand.

Nunnerley, J., Hooper, G., Woodfield, T., McPherson, K., & Dunn, J. (2013, October). A systematic review of the participation and quality of life outcomes following physical disability as a result of an earthquake. Poster session presented at the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) 52nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey.

Dunn, J., Hay-Smith, J., Whitehead, L., & Keeling, S. (2008, November). Upper limb reconstructive surgery in NZ: An audit. Poster session presented at the Australian & New Zealand Spinal Cord Society (ANZSCoS) Annual Scientific Meeting, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Dunn, J. A., & Hay-Smith, J. (2007, September). UL surgery within NZ: A retrospective audit. Poster session presented at the International Meeting on Upper Limb in Tetraplegia, Philadelphia, USA.

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