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Research Associate Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine (Christchurch)
Research summary
Neuropsychological rehabilitation


Based at the Burwood Hospital Campus, Deborah co-ordinates clinical trials and oversees data collection by the COBRA team, for people undergoing hip and knee replacements in Canterbury.

She is a registered clinical psychologist and has worked in the area of neuropsychological rehabilitation for many years. She leads the Concussion Clinic at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service at Burwood Hospital and locums for the QRS Concussion Service in Auckland once a month.

She enjoys collaboration with research colleagues around New Zealand and internationally and is the treasurer for both the NZ Rehabilitation Association and the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (Canterbury Branch).

She is focused on ensuring clinical relevance is maintained in her research activities and enjoys the dual role of working both as a practising clinician and as a health researcher.


Snell, D., Faulkner, J., Williman, J., Silverberg, N., Theadom, A., Surgenor, L., … Siegert, R. (2024). The impact of fear avoidance on return to work outcomes after mild traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 105(4), (pp. e108). doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2024.02.306 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Faulkner, J. W., Whiting, D., Theadom, A., Snell, D. L., Roche, M., & Barker-Collo, S. (2024). Valued living after mild traumatic brain injury: Characteristics and relationship with outcomes. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09602011.2024.2328876 Journal - Research Article

Graham, F. P., Williman, J. A., Desha, L. N., Snell, D., Jones, B., Ingham, T. R., Latu, A., Maggo, J. K., Ranta, A., & Ziviani, J. (2024). Occupational performance coaching for children with neurodisability: A randomized controlled trial protocol. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy / Revue canadienne d’ergothérapie, 91(1), 4-16. doi: 10.1177/00084174231160976 Journal - Research Other

Griffiths, G. S., Thompson, B. L., Snell, D. L., & Dunn, J. A. (2023). Experiences of diagnosis and treatment for upper limb Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: A qualitative analysis. Pain Medicine, 24, 1355-1363. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnad111 Journal - Research Article

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 Journal - Research Article

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