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Dr Ally Calder

Contact Details

Phone
+64 27 445 0415
Email
ally.calder@otago.ac.nz
Position
Senior Lecturer
Qualifications
BHSc (Physiotherapy) PGCertCT (Clinical teaching) PhD
Research summary
Men’s health, physical activity, disability, accessibility, clinical education
Teaching
  • Years 2 and 3: PHTY254, PHTY256, PHTY354 topics related to neurorehabilitation, disability, and physical activity
  • Year 4:PHTY456 and PHTY468 clinical education in neurorehabilitation, and PHTY459 Research for Physiotherapy
  • Postgraduate:PHTY535 Neurorehabilitation
Memberships
  • Co-Chair Centre for Men’s Health University of Otago
  • Advisory board member for the Canterbury Health and Development Study
  • Trustee of the Canterbury Multicentre Trust
  • Physiotherapy New Zealand (PNZ)
  • Co-Chair Neurology Special Interest Group of PNZ
  • NZ representative for the International Physiotherapy Association (INPA)
  • New Zealand Rehabilitation Association (NZRA)

Research

I have experience in participatory action research, co-design, qualitative, mixed methods, and systematic review methodologies.

I value a genuine collaborative participatory approach in my research creating a space for meaningful and sustained engagement, which is person and whānau centred. Building strong active partnerships with people, whānau / aiga, and communities ensures that the research outcomes and subsequent design and delivery of healthcare is meaningful and meets the end users’ and next users’ aspirations.

I have three research streams:

  1. Physical activity participation for men living with long term conditions and disability:
    Physical activity health messaging for men
  2. Inclusive access of the built environment for people with disability
  3. Developing and evaluating innovative approaches to teaching and learning for pre-registration health professional students

I supervise research at an undergraduate (BPhty, BPhty (Hons), and Summer Research Projects) and postgraduate level (Phty650, master’s by thesis, and PhD).

Additional details

Reviewer for:

  • Disability and Health
  • Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy Reviews
  • New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy
  • Health Promotion Journal of Australia

Publications

Wilkinson, A., Calder, A., Elliott, B., Rodger, R., Mulligan, H., Hale, L., & Perry, M. (2023). Disabled people or their support persons' perceptions of a community based multi-sensory environment (MSE): A mixed-method study. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 20, 6805. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20196805

Da Silva, K., Baxter, G. D., & Calder, A. (2023). Views of men with Parkinson’s Disease regarding physical activity health messaging. Disability & Health Journal, 16, 101370. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2022.101370

Moeinzadeh, A. M., Calder, A., Petersen, C., Hoermann, S., & Daneshfar, A. (2023). Comparing virtual reality exergaming with conventional exercise in rehabilitation of people with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 33(8), 1430-1455. doi: 10.1080/09602011.2022.2107021

Burns, F., Calder, A., & Devan, H. (2023). Experiences of individuals with multiple sclerosis and stroke using transcutaneous foot drop electrical stimulators: A systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative studies. Disability & Rehabilitation, 45(12), 1923-1932. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2022.2076936

Doolan-Noble, F., Calder, A., Hargreaves, E., & Xiao, H. (2022). NZ men get sick or injured more and die sooner than women: A targeted health policy is long overdue. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/nz-men-get-sick-or-injured-more-and-die-sooner-than-women-a-targeted-health-policy-is-long-overdue-184237

Burns, F., Calder, A., & Devan, H. (2023). Experiences of individuals with multiple sclerosis and stroke using transcutaneous foot drop electrical stimulators: A systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative studies. Disability & Rehabilitation, 45(12), 1923-1932. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2022.2076936

Journal - Research Article

Da Silva, K., Baxter, G. D., & Calder, A. (2023). Views of men with Parkinson’s Disease regarding physical activity health messaging. Disability & Health Journal, 16, 101370. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2022.101370

Journal - Research Article

Moeinzadeh, A. M., Calder, A., Petersen, C., Hoermann, S., & Daneshfar, A. (2023). Comparing virtual reality exergaming with conventional exercise in rehabilitation of people with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 33(8), 1430-1455. doi: 10.1080/09602011.2022.2107021

Journal - Research Article

Wilkinson, A., Calder, A., Elliott, B., Rodger, R., Mulligan, H., Hale, L., & Perry, M. (2023). Disabled people or their support persons' perceptions of a community based multi-sensory environment (MSE): A mixed-method study. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 20, 6805. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20196805

Journal - Research Article

Calder, A., Sole, G., & Mulligan, H. (2022). Co-design of an educational resource with female partners of male stroke survivors to support physical activity participation. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 19(24), 16856. doi: 10.3390/ijerph192416856

Journal - Research Article

Ravichandran, S., Calder, A., Ingham, T., Jones, B., & Perry, M. (2022). "Someone like anyone else": A qualitative exploration of New Zealand health professional students' understanding of disability. Disabilities, 2(1), 131-144. doi: 10.3390/disabilities2010011

Journal - Research Article

Waller, C. P., Sangelaji, B., Hargest, C., Woodley, S. J., Lamb, P., Kuys, S., Calder, A., & Hale, L. A. (2022). Biomechanics of the paretic knee during overground gait in people with stroke: A systematic review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 27(4), 304-312. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2022.2090088

Journal - Research Article

Blankley, J., Ferreira Martins Garcia, V., McCurran, P., San Luis, E., Wang, C. Y., Calder, A., & Baxter, G. D. (2020). What do men want? A review of the barriers and motivators that engage older men in physical activity. Physical Therapy Reviews, 25(5-6), 435-448. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1843351

Journal - Research Article

Meads, H., Hunt, J., Page, A., Withy, L., Plowman, R., & Calder, A. (2020). Stroke survivors’ experiences of upper limb recovery: A systematic review of qualitative studies. Physical Therapy Reviews, 25(5-6), 316-330. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1832710

Journal - Research Article

Calder, A., Nunnerley, J., Mulligan, H., Ahmad Ali, N., Kensington, G., McVicar, T., & van Schaik, O. (2018). Experiences of persons with spinal cord injury undertaking a physical activity programme as part of the SCIPA ‘Full-On’ randomized controlled trial. Disability & Health Journal, 11(2), 267-273. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.10.005

Journal - Research Article

Mulligan, K., Calder, A., & Mulligan, H. (2018). Inclusive design in architectural practice: Experiential learning of disability in architectural education. Disability & Health Journal, 11(2), 237-242. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.08.009

Journal - Research Article

Calder, A. M., & Mulligan, H. F. (2014). Measurement properties of instruments that assess inclusive access to fitness and recreational sports centers: A systematic review. Disability & Health Journal, 7(1), 26-35. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2013.06.003

Journal - Research Article

Doolan-Noble, F., Calder, A., Hargreaves, E., & Xiao, H. (2022). NZ men get sick or injured more and die sooner than women: A targeted health policy is long overdue. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/nz-men-get-sick-or-injured-more-and-die-sooner-than-women-a-targeted-health-policy-is-long-overdue-184237

Journal - Research Other

Calder, A., Sole, G., & Mani, R. (2020). Physiotherapy student research projects during the COVID19 lockdown. Physical Therapy Reviews, 25(5-6), 303-304. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1832722

Journal - Research Other

Calder, A., Sole, G., & Mulligan, H. (2018). The accessibility of fitness centers for people with disabilities: A systematic review. Disability & Health Journal, 11(4), 525-536. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2018.04.002

Journal - Research Other

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