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Professor and Dean of the University of Otago, Wellington
Dean's Department (Wellington)
BPhty MHealSc PGDiprehab (Otago) PhD
Research summary
Rehabilitation physiotherapy


William is Dean for the University’s Wellington campus. Originally training as a physiotherapist, Professor Levack completed his Masters in Health Science endorsed in Rehabilitation in 2001 and a PhD on goal planning in rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury in 2008. His work focuses on patient experiences of rehabilitation, goal setting processes, and interventions to increase patient engagement in rehabilitation activities – particularly in the areas of neurological and respiratory rehabilitation.


Levack, W. M. M., Engkasan, J. P., Heinemann, A. W., & Negrini, S. (2019). A review of CONSORT guidelines about comparison groups with a focused discussion on implications for rehabilitation clinical trials. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 99(3), 191-197. doi: 10.1097/phm.0000000000001368 Journal - Research Other

Levack, W. M., Martin, R. A., Graham, F. P., & Hay-Smith, E. J. (2019). Compared to what? An analysis of the management of control groups in Cochrane reviews in neurorehabilitation. European Journal of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, 55(3), 353-363. doi: 10.23736/s1973-9087.19.05795-2 Journal - Research Article

Levack, W. M. M., Rathore, F. A., Pollet, J., & Negrini, S. (2019). One in 11 Cochrane reviews are on rehabilitation interventions, according to pragmatic inclusion criteria developed by Cochrane Rehabilitation. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 100, 1492-1498. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2019.01.021 Journal - Research Article

Levack, W., Tomori, K., Takahashi, K., & Sherrington, A. J. (2018). Development of an English-language version of a Japanese iPad application to facilitate collaborative goal setting in rehabilitation: A Delphi study and field test. BMJ Open, 8(3), e018901. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018908 Journal - Research Article

Levack, W., & Thornton, K. (2017). Opportunities for a meaningful life for working-aged adults with neurological conditions living in residential aged care facilities: A review of qualitative research. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80(10), 608-619. doi: 10.1177/0308022617722736 Journal - Research Article

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