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Health Sciences profile

Dr Prasath Jayakaran

PositionSenior Lecturer
QualificationsBPT MPTh PhD
Research summaryPostural balance, motor control, and physical activity
Teaching
  • Selected modules in undergraduate physiotherapy papers
  • Undergraduate clinical teaching/supervision (Year 2)
  • Postgraduate research supervision
Memberships
  • International Society for Posture and Gait Research
  • Cochrane Rehabilitation group
Clinical Balance Wise exercise class: A weekly group exercise class for adults with balance impairment

Research

Prasath has a primary interest in rehabilitation of individuals with pain and physical disability. Prasath completed his doctoral studies in 2012 on postural balance in lower limb amputations. He has since completed two postdoctoral fellowships, first at Brunel University, London (one year), followed by another at School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago (three years) where he was involved in projects investigating gait and balance, with an application to people with pain and disability. In March 2017, he accepted an academic position at the School of Physiotherapy to develop and strengthen balance research across lifespan.

His current investigations and research interests:

  • Postural control and functional balance across lifespan and in individuals with physical disability
  • Sensory-motor re-organisation in individuals with disability
  • Physical activity and quality of life in persons with long-term physical disability

Research grants (as Prinicpal Investigator):

  • Health Research Council – Emerging Researcher First Grant (2019-current)
  • Jack Thompson Arthritis – Otago Medical Research Foundation (2016–2017)
  • Lottery Health Research grants (2015–2017)
  • Jack Thompson Arthritis – Otago Medical Research Foundation (2015–2016)
  • New Zealand Artificial Limb Service (2015)
  • Maurice Phyllis Paykel Trust Project grant (joint PI – 2015–2016)
  • Maurice Phyllis Paykel Trust Project grant (2014–2015)

Additional details

Regular peer-reviewer for:

  • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics International

Publications

Othman, R., Swain, N., Tumilty, S., Jayakaran, P., & Mani, R. (2021). Pro-nociceptive pain modulation profile in patients with acute and chronic shoulder pain: A hypothesis-generating topical review. Physical Therapy Reviews. Advance online publication. [Review].

Manlapaz, D. G., Sole, G., Jayakaran, P., & Chapple, C. M. (2021). Exergaming to improve balance and decrease the risk of falling in adults with knee osteoarthritis: A mixed-methods feasibility study. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2021.1952670

Jayakaran, P., Aman, W., Fernando, U., Hackfath, K., McPherson, A., Williams, M., & Mitchell, L. (2021). Sensory organization for postural control in children with strabismus: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Gait & Posture. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2021.05.008

Still, A., Hale, L., Swain, N., & Jayakaran, P. (2021). Self-reported depression and anxiety are correlated with functional disability in Parkinson's disease. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 49(1), 40-49. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/49.1.06

Singh, P., Jayakaran, P., Mani, R., & Hale, L. (2021). The experiences of Indian people living in New Zealand with stroke. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2021.1878294

Jayakaran, P., Aman, W., Fernando, U., Hackfath, K., McPherson, A., Williams, M., & Mitchell, L. (2021). Sensory organization for postural control in children with strabismus: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Gait & Posture. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2021.05.008

Journal - Research Article

Manlapaz, D. G., Sole, G., Jayakaran, P., & Chapple, C. M. (2021). Exergaming to improve balance and decrease the risk of falling in adults with knee osteoarthritis: A mixed-methods feasibility study. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2021.1952670

Journal - Research Article

Singh, P., Jayakaran, P., Mani, R., & Hale, L. (2021). The experiences of Indian people living in New Zealand with stroke. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2021.1878294

Journal - Research Article

Still, A., Hale, L., Swain, N., & Jayakaran, P. (2021). Self-reported depression and anxiety are correlated with functional disability in Parkinson's disease. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 49(1), 40-49. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/49.1.06

Journal - Research Article

Othman, R., Dassanayake, S., Jayakaran, P., Tumilty, S., Swain, N., & Mani, R. (2020). Relationships between psychological, social, physical activity and sleep measures and somatosensory function in individuals with spinal pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Journal of Pain, 36(2), 124-134. doi: 10.1097/ajp.0000000000000775

Journal - Research Article

Sole, G., Mącznik, A. K., Ribeiro, D. C., Jayakaran, P., & Wassinger, C. A. (2020). Perspectives of participants with rotator cuff-related pain to a neuroscience-informed pain education session: An exploratory mixed method study. Disability & Rehabilitation, 42(13), 1870-1879. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1542037

Journal - Research Article

Jayakaran, P., Perry, M., & Hale, L. (2019). Comparison of self-reported physical activity levels and quality of life between individuals with dysvascular and non-dysvascular below knee amputation: A cross-sectional study. Disability & Health Journal, 12, 235-241. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2018.10.005

Journal - Research Article

Jayakaran, P., Perry, M., Kondov, M., McPherson, T., Sutherland, L., & Wypych, A. (2019). Attitudes and beliefs towards physical activity participation in individuals with below-knee amputation. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 47(2), 118-128. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/47.2.06

Journal - Research Article

Othman, R., Jayakaran, P., Tumilty, S., Swain, N., & Mani, R. (2019). Predictive relationship between psychological, social, physical activity, and sleep measures and somatosensory function in individuals with musculoskeletal pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis protocol. Physical Therapy Reviews, 24(6), 366-376. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2019.1648715

Journal - Research Article

Jayakaran, P., Mitchell, L., & Johnson, G. M. (2018). Peripheral sensory information and postural control in children with strabismus. Gait & Posture, 65, 197-202. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2018.07.173

Journal - Research Article

Othman, R., Mani, R., Krishnamurthy, I., & Jayakaran, P. (2018). Non-pharmacological management of phantom limb pain in lower limb amputation: A systematic review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 23(2), 88-98. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2017.1412789

Journal - Research Article

Fernandopulle, S., Perry, M., Manlapaz, D., & Jayakaran, P. (2017). Effect of land-based generic physical activity interventions on pain, physical function, and physical performance in hip and knee osteoarthritis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 96(11), 773-792. doi: 10.1097/phm.0000000000000736

Journal - Research Article

Manlapaz, D. G., Sole, G., Jayakaran, P., & Chapple, C. M. (2017). A narrative synthesis of Nintendo Wii Fit gaming protocol in addressing balance among healthy older adults: What system works? Games for Health Journal, 6(2), 65-74. doi: 10.1089/g4h.2016.0082

Journal - Research Article

Meldrum, S., Savarimuthu, B. T. R., Licorish, S., Tahir, A., Bosu, M., & Jayakaran, P. (2017). Is knee pain information on YouTube videos perceived to be helpful? An analysis of user comments and implications for dissemination on social media. Digital Health, 3. doi: 10.1177/2055207617698908

Journal - Research Article

Jayakaran, P., Johnson, G. M., & Sullivan, S. J. (2015). Postural control in response to altered sensory conditions in persons with dysvascular and traumatic transtibial amputation. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 96(2), 331-339. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.09.037

Journal - Research Article

Jayakaran, P., DeSouza, L., Cossar, J., & Gilhooly, K. (2014). Influence of walking aid on temporal and spatial parameters of gait in healthy adults. PM&R, 6(9), 796-801. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2014.02.005

Journal - Research Article

Jayakaran, P., Johnson, G. M., & Sullivan, S. J. (2014). Turning performance in persons with a dysvascular transtibial amputation. Prosthetics & Orthotics International, 38(1). doi: 10.1177/0309364613485114

Journal - Research Article

Jayakaran, P., Johnson, G. M., & Sullivan, S. J. (2013). Concurrent validity of the Sensory Organization Test measures in unilateral transtibial amputees. Prosthetics & Orthotics International, 37(1), 65-69. doi: 10.1177/0309364612448391

Journal - Research Article

Adhia, D. B., Bussey, M. D., Mani, R., Jayakaran, P., Aldabe, D., & Milosavljevic, S. (2012). Inter-tester reliability of non-invasive technique for measurement of innominate motion. Manual Therapy, 17(1), 71-76. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2011.09.005

Journal - Research Article

Jayakaran, P., Johnson, G. M., Sullivan, S. J., & Nitz, J. C. (2012). Instrumented measurement of balance and postural control in individuals with lower limb amputation: A critical review. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 35(3), 187-196. doi: 10.1097/MRR.0b013e3283550ff9

Journal - Research Article

Jayakaran, P., Johnson, G. M., & Sullivan, S. J. (2011). Test-retest reliability of the Sensory Organization Test in older persons with a transtibial amputation. PM&R, 3(8), 723-729. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2011.01.005

Journal - Research Article

Othman, R., Jayakaran, P., Swain, N., Dassanayake, S., Tumilty, S., & Mani, R. (2021). Relationships between psychological, sleep, and physical activity measures and somatosensory function in people with peripheral joint pain: A systematic review and metaanalysis. Pain Practice, 21(2), 226-261. doi: 10.1111/papr.12943

Journal - Research Other

Othman, R., Swain, N., Tumilty, S., Jayakaran, P., & Mani, R. (2021). Pro-nociceptive pain modulation profile in patients with acute and chronic shoulder pain: A hypothesis-generating topical review. Physical Therapy Reviews. Advance online publication. [Review].

Journal - Research Other

Hale, L., Stokes, T., Scarth, B., Mani, R., Sullivan, T., Doolan-Noble, F., Jayakaran, P., Gray, A. R., Mann, J., & Higgs, C. (2019). Protocol for a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the diabetes community exercise and education programme (DCEP) for long-term management of diabetes. BMJ Open, 9(2), e025578. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025578

Journal - Research Other

Manlapaz, D. G., Sole, G., Jayakaran, P., & Chapple, C. M. (2019). Risk factors for falls in adults with knee osteoarthritis: A systematic review. PM&R, 11, 745-757. doi: 10.1002/pmrj.12066

Journal - Research Other

Jayakaran, P., & Vanicek, N. (2018). Stepping forward following lower limb amputation. Physical Therapy Reviews, 23(4-5), 237. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2018.1466439

Journal - Research Other

Jayakaran, P., Johnson, G. M., & Sullivan, S. J. (2011). Reliability and concurrent validity of the Step Quick Turn Test in older persons with a unilateral transtibial amputation. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 90(10), 798-804. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e318228bd45

Journal - Research Other

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