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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Dr Debbie Snell

PositionSenior Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine (UOC)
Research summaryNeuropsychological rehabilitation

Research

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.

Publications

Surgenor, L. J., Snell, D. L., Siegert, R. J., Kelly, S., Flint, R., & Coulter, G. (2019). Psychometric characteristics of the Revised Illness Perception Questionnaire (IPQ-R) in people undergoing weight loss surgery. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10880-019-09624-4

Snell, D. L., Martin, R., Surgenor, L. J., Siegert, R. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Melzer, T. R., Anderson, T. J., & Hooper, G. J. (2019). Wrestling with uncertainty after mild traumatic brain injury: A mixed methods study. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1542461

Bourke, J., Nunnerley, J., Snell, D., & Sinnott Jerram, A. (2019). The Burwood Academy: Incorporating the principles of the independent living paradigm into rehabilitation research. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1108/IJHRH-08-2018-0054

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

Campi, S., Pandit, H., Hooper, G., Snell, D., Jenkins, C., Dodd, C. A. F., Maxwell, R., & Murray, D. W. (2018). Ten-year survival and seven-year functional results of cementless Oxford unicompartmental knee replacement: A prospective consecutive series of our first 1000 cases. Knee. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.knee.2018.07.012

Journal - Research Article

Surgenor, L. J., Snell, D. L., Siegert, R. J., Kelly, S., Flint, R., & Coulter, G. (2019). Psychometric characteristics of the Revised Illness Perception Questionnaire (IPQ-R) in people undergoing weight loss surgery. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10880-019-09624-4

Bourke, J., Nunnerley, J., Snell, D., & Sinnott Jerram, A. (2019). The Burwood Academy: Incorporating the principles of the independent living paradigm into rehabilitation research. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1108/IJHRH-08-2018-0054

Snell, D. L., Martin, R., Surgenor, L. J., Siegert, R. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Melzer, T. R., Anderson, T. J., & Hooper, G. J. (2019). Wrestling with uncertainty after mild traumatic brain injury: A mixed methods study. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1542461

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

Campi, S., Pandit, H., Hooper, G., Snell, D., Jenkins, C., Dodd, C. A. F., Maxwell, R., & Murray, D. W. (2018). Ten-year survival and seven-year functional results of cementless Oxford unicompartmental knee replacement: A prospective consecutive series of our first 1000 cases. Knee. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.knee.2018.07.012

Snell, D. L., Martin, R., Macleod, A. D., Surgenor, L. J., Siegert, R. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Melzer, T., Hooper, G. J., & Anderson, T. (2018). Untangling chronic pain and post-concussion symptoms: The significance of depression. Brain Injury, 32(5), 583-592. doi: 10.1080/02699052.2018.1432894

Bourke, J. A., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Snell, D. L., & Schluter, P. J. (2017). Community inclusion of wheelchair users during the long-term recovery phase following the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 23, 169-177. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.05.004

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

Nunnerley, J., Gupta, S., Snell, D., & King, M. (2017). Training wheelchair navigation in immersive virtual environments for patients with spinal cord injury: End-user input to design an effective system. Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 12(4), 417-423. doi: 10.1080/17483107.2016.1176259

Snell, D. L., Iverson, G. L., Panenka, W. J., & Silverberg, N. D. (2017). Preliminary validation of the World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0 for mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, 34(23), 3256-3261. doi: 10.1089/neu.2017.5234

Snell, D. L., Martin, R., Surgenor, L. J., Siegert, R. J., & Hay-Smith, E. J. C. (2017). What's wrong with me? Seeking a coherent understanding of recovery after mild traumatic brain injury. Disability & Rehabilitation, 39(19), 1968-1975. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2016.1213895

Bourke, J. A., Schluter, P. J., Hay-Smith, J. C., & Snell, D. L. (2016). Respondent driven sampling of wheelchair users: A lack of traction? F1000Research, 5, 753. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.8605.2

Snell, D. L., MacLeod, S. A. D., & Anderson, T. (2016). Post-concussion syndrome after a mild traumatic brain injury: A minefield for clinical practice. Journal of Behavioral & Brain Science, 6(6), 227-232. doi: 10.4236/jbbs.2016.66023

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

Hooper, N., Snell, D., Hooper, G., Maxwell, R., & Frampton, C. (2015). The five-year radiological results of the uncemented Oxford medial compartment knee arthroplasty. Bone & Joint Journal, 97B(10), 1358-1363. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.97B10.35668

Snell, D. L., Surgenor, L. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Williman, J., & Siegert, R. J. (2015). The contribution of psychological factors to recovery after mild traumatic brain injury: Is cluster analysis a useful approach? Brain Injury, 29(3), 291-299. doi: 10.3109/02699052.2014.976594

Surgenor, L. J., Snell, D. L., & Dorahy, M. J. (2015). Posttraumatic stress symptoms in police staff 12-18 months after the Canterbury earthquakes. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28(2), 162-166. doi: 10.1002/jts.21991

Bourke, J. A., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Snell, D. L., & DeJong, G. (2015). Attending to biographical disruption: The experience of rehabilitation following tetraplegia due to spinal cord injury. Disability & Rehabilitation, 37(4), 296-303. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2014.918188

Snell, D. L., Surgenor, L. J., Dorahy, M. J., & Hay-Smith, E. J. C. (2014). Coping and adjustment in New Zealand Police staff 12-18 months after the Canterbury earthquakes: A directed qualitative content analysis. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 43(3), 5-13.

Snell, D. L., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Surgenor, L. J., & Siegert, R. J. (2013). Examination of outcome after mild traumatic brain injury: The contribution of injury beliefs and Leventhal's common sense model. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 23(3), 333-362. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2012.758419

Graham, F., Sinnott, K. A., Snell, D. L., Martin, R., & Freeman, C. (2013). A more “normal” life: Residents', family, staff, and managers' experience of active support at a residential facility for people with physical and intellectual impairments. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 38(3), 256-264. doi: 10.3109/13668250.2013.805738

Snell, D. L., Siegert, R. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., & Surgenor, L. J. (2011). Associations between illness perceptions, coping styles and outcome after mild traumatic brain injury: Preliminary results from a cohort study. Brain Injury, 25(11), 1126-1138. doi: 10.3109/02699052.2011.607786

Snell, D. L., Siegert, R. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., & Surgenor, L. J. (2011). Factor structure of the Brief COPE in people with mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 26(6), 468-477. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0b013e3181fc5e1e

Snell, D. L., Siegert, R. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., & Surgenor, L. J. (2010). An examination of the factor structure of the Revised Illness Perception Questionnaire modified for adults with mild traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 24(13-14), 1595-1605. doi: 10.3109/02699052.2010.523048

Heitger, M. H., Jones, R. D., Macleod, A. D., Snell, D. L., Frampton, C. M., & Anderson, T. J. (2009). Impaired eye movements in post-concussion syndrome indicate suboptimal brain function beyond the influence of depression, malingering or intellectual ability. Brain, 132, 2850-2870. doi: 10.1093/brain/awp181

Snell, D. L., Surgenor, L. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., & Siegert, R. J. (2009). A systematic review of psychological treatments for mild traumatic brain injury: An update on the evidence. Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology, 31(1), 20-38. doi: 10.1080/13803390801978849

Snell, D., & Surgenor, L. (2006). An analysis of referees and referrals to a specialist concussion clinic in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 119(1231). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/119-1231/1902/content.pdf

Swain-Campbell, N. R., Surgenor, L. J., & Snell, D. L. (2001). An analysis of consumer perspectives following contact with an eating disorder service. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 35, 99-103.

Surgenor, L. J., Rau, J., Snell, D. L., & Fear, J. L. (2000). Educational needs of eating disorder patients and families. European Eating Disorders Review, 8, 59-66.

Surgenor, L. J., & Snell, D. L. (1998). Nasogastric tube as a means of attemted suicide: a case report. European Eating Disorders Review, 6, 212-215.

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Journal - Research Other

Bourke, J. A., Snell, D. L., Sinnott, K. A., & Cassidy, B. (2012). A user-led consultation model: Making inclusion of service users in research a reality. Ethnicity & Inequalities in Health and Social Care, 5(2), 61-69. doi: 10.1108/17570981211286804

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