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Dr Emily Gray

PositionLecturer
QualificationsBPhty PGDipSportsMed PGCert Higher Education PhD
Research summaryImproving access to cardiac rehabilitation and empowering people to engage in physical activity
Teaching
  • Undergraduate cardiopulmonary physiotherapy
  • Undergraduate physical activity (including exercise prescription) for physiotherapy practice
  • Research supervision
  • Use of simulation to prepare students for clinical practice in the inpatient / hospital setting
Memberships
  • PNZ Cardiorespiratory Special Interest Group member
  • Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) member
  • Otago PNZ branch committee member (Education Officer)
ClinicalInpatient / acute cardiorespiratory physiotherapy

Research

As a cardiorespiratory physiotherapist and researcher Emily is passionate about empowering people to engage in physical activity, particularly those who have undergone cardiac surgery. Key areas of interest are ensuring that cardiac rehabilitation services are accessible, as well as being person and whānau centered.

Emily’s research also focuses on looking for innovative ways to incorporate self-management support principles into acute care management and cardiac rehabilitation. Emily values collaboration with end users, including patients and their whānau, and health care professionals to ensure that interventions are designed to meet the needs of patients and can be implemented in the clinical and real-world setting.

Current research projects

Exploring the perspectives and experiences of informal caregivers of supporting their spouse or family / whānau member to engage in physical activity following hospital discharge after cardiac surgery.

Previous research projects

  • Exploring people’s perspectives and experiences of engaging in physical activity during the early recovery period following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery
  • Preparation and support for physical activity following hospital discharge after CABG surgery: A survey of current practice in New Zealand
  • Development of a self-management support programme to prepare and support people to engage in physical activity following hospital discharge after CABG surgery

Publications

Lewthwaite, N. A. B., Gray, E. A., & Skinner, M. A. (2022). Exploring clinical learning experiences of novice physiotherapy students in a hospital setting. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2022.2069617

Dassanayake, S., Sole, G., Wilkins, G., Gray, E., & Skinner, M. (2022). Effectiveness of physical activity and exercise on ambulatory blood pressure in adults with resistant hypertension: A systematic review and meta-analysis. High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s40292-022-00517-6

Gray, E. A., Skinner, M. A., Hale, L. A., & Bunton, R. W. (2022). Preparation and support for physical activity following hospital discharge after coronary artery bypass graft surgery: A survey of current practice in New Zealand. Physiotherapy Research International. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/pri.1940

Gray, E., Smith, C., Bunton, R., & Skinner, M. (2021). Perceptions and experiences of engaging in physical activity following coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2021.1989733

Gray, E., Dassanayake, S., Sangelaji, B., Hale, L., & Skinner, M. (2021). Factors influencing physical activity engagement following coronary artery bypass graft surgery: A mixed methods systematic review. Heart & Lung, 50, 589-598. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2021.04.006

Dassanayake, S., Sole, G., Wilkins, G., Gray, E., & Skinner, M. (2022). Effectiveness of physical activity and exercise on ambulatory blood pressure in adults with resistant hypertension: A systematic review and meta-analysis. High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s40292-022-00517-6

Journal - Research Article

Gray, E. A., Skinner, M. A., Hale, L. A., & Bunton, R. W. (2022). Preparation and support for physical activity following hospital discharge after coronary artery bypass graft surgery: A survey of current practice in New Zealand. Physiotherapy Research International. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/pri.1940

Journal - Research Article

Lewthwaite, N. A. B., Gray, E. A., & Skinner, M. A. (2022). Exploring clinical learning experiences of novice physiotherapy students in a hospital setting. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2022.2069617

Journal - Research Article

Gray, E., Smith, C., Bunton, R., & Skinner, M. (2021). Perceptions and experiences of engaging in physical activity following coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2021.1989733

Journal - Research Article

Draper, O., Goh, I., Huang, C., Kibblewhite, T., Le Quesne, P., Smith, K., Gray, E., & Skinner, M. (2020). Psychosocial interventions to optimize recovery of physical function and facilitate engagement in physical activity during the first three months following CABG surgery: A systematic review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 25(5-6), 381-398. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1832714

Journal - Research Article

Chow, A. Y. P., Creagh, M. F., Ganley, M. J., Kelly, G. C., Pranjoto, B., Gray, E., & Skinner, M. A. (2017). The use of key health questions for patient initial assessment in physiotherapy clinical practice. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 45(2), 75-89. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/45.2.04

Journal - Research Article

Diong, C., Jones, P. P., Tsuchimochi, H., Gray, E. A., Hughes, G., Inagaki, T., Bussey, C. T., … Schwenke, D. O. (2016). Sympathetic hyper-excitation in obesity and pulmonary hypertension: Physiological relevance to the 'obesity paradox'. International Journal of Obesity, 40, 938-946. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2016.33

Journal - Research Article

Han, S. Y., Gray, E., Hughes, G., Brown, C. H., & Schwenke, D. O. (2014). Increased sympathetic drive during the onset of hypertension in conscious Cyp1a1-Ren2 rats. Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology, 466(3), 459-466. doi: 10.1007/s00424-013-1338-5

Journal - Research Article

Shirai, M., Tsuchimochi, H., Nagai, H., Gray, E., Pearson, J. T., Sonobe, T., … Schwenke, D. O. (2014). Pulmonary vascular tone is dependent on the central modulation of sympathetic nerve activity following chronic intermittent hypoxia. Basic Research in Cardiology, 109, 432. doi: 10.1007/s00395-014-0432-y

Journal - Research Article

Gray, E. A., Tsuchimochi, H., Pearson, J. T., Sonobe, T., Fujii, Y., Yoshimoto, M., … Schwenke, D. O. (2013). Assessment of the serotonin pathway as a therapeutic target for pulmonary hypertension. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 20(Pt 5), 756-764. doi: 10.1107/s0909049513021213

Journal - Research Article

Shirai, M., Beard, M., Pearson, J. T., Sonobe, T., Tsuchimochi, H., Fujii, Y., Gray, E., … Schwenke, D. O. (2013). Impaired pulmonary blood flow distribution in congestive heart failure assessed using synchrotron radiation microangiography. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 20(3), 441-448. doi: 10.1107/S0909049513007413

Journal - Research Article

Schwenke, D. O., Gray, E. A., Pearson, J. T., Sonobe, T., Ishibashi-Ueda, H., Campillo, I., … Shirai, M. (2011). Exogenous ghrelin improves blood flow distribution in pulmonary hypertension: Assessed using synchrotron radiation microangiography. Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology, 462(3), 397-406. doi: 10.1007/s00424-011-0992-8

Journal - Research Article

Gray, E., Dassanayake, S., Sangelaji, B., Hale, L., & Skinner, M. (2021). Factors influencing physical activity engagement following coronary artery bypass graft surgery: A mixed methods systematic review. Heart & Lung, 50, 589-598. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2021.04.006

Journal - Research Other

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