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+64 3 479 5425
Dean of the School of Physiotherapy
BSc(Cape Town) MSc (Physio) PhD(Witw) PhD FNZCP
Research summary
Physiotherapy and rehabilitation
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Disability awareness
  • Supported Self-Management
  • Thesis supervision (masters and PhD)
  • Honorary Editorial Committee member, NZ Journal of Physiotherapy
  • Trustee of Neuromuscular Research New Zealand
  • Member of the New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists
  • Editorial Board of Humanities in Rehabilitation


Leigh primarily researches in the area of community-based physiotherapeutic rehabilitation, falls prevention and supported self-management for people living with lifelong health conditions and/or disability, such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, dementia, and learning disabilities, diabetes; and in aged care. Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and focusses on how physiotherapists can enable and support people to optimally live healthy and engaging lives.

My current research interests include:


McConnell, L., & Hale, L. (2024). Undergraduate physiotherapy students’ perspectives on optimising the curriculum for supported self-management education. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 52(1), 17-25. doi: 10.15619/nzjp.v52i1.359 Journal - Research Article

Mesbah, N., Perry, M., Hill, K. D., Manlapaz, D., & Hale, L. (2024). The experiences of older adults with dementia "Balance Wise": An individual or group-delivered exercise programme: A qualitative study. Disabilities, 4, 11-26. doi: 10.3390/disabilities4010002 Journal - Research Article

Hamel, R., Waters, D., Hale, L., Reilly, N., & Smoliga, J. (2023). Traumatic brain injury and mechanical ventilation: Clinical implications for long-term autonomic function. Proceedings of the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting. PSTR540.20/Z9. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Pelicioni, P., Davies, J., Waters, D., & Hale, L. (2023). Remote assessment of gait and balance of people with Parkinson’s disease: A reliability study. Digital Health Week, 2(1). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Mesbah, N., Perry, M., Hill, K. D., Manlapaz, D., & Hale, L. (2023). Concurrent validity of clinical balance tests for older adults with cognitive impairment. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 51(3), 188-198. doi: 10.15619/nzjp.v51i3.277 Journal - Research Article

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