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PhD candidates CHARR, School of Physiotherapy

PhD students

Primarily supervised CHARR, School of Physiotherapy

Abdullah Alqarni (Awaiting graduation)

Knowledge translation of clinical assessment of pain mechanisms in to clinical practice.

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Primary supervisor: Dr Ram Mani

Miranda Buhler

The impact of base of thumb osteoarthritis and the effectiveness of orthotic management.

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Primary Supervisor: Dr Cathy Chapple

Ally Calder (submitted for graduation)

Access to physical activity for men following stroke.

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Primary supervisor: Dr Hilda Mulligan

Suranga Dassanayake

Risk of obstructive sleep apnoea in poorly controlled hypertension – a study of two population groups.

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Primary supervisor: Dr Margot Skinner

Gail Donaldson

Silicon oil as a medium for post-operative rehabilitation of Duputyren’s fasciotomy.

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Primary supervisor: Dr Meredith Perry

Alicia Emerson

Invisible disease affecting invisible populations: exploring how the geopolitical, historical, and societal spectrum impacts marginalized populations’ experiences with chronic musculoskeletal pain management

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Carrie Falling

Persistent musculoskeletal pain among individuals with immune-mediated chronic inflammatory conditions.

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Primary supervisor: Dr Ram Mani

Dora Gosselin

The impact of unpredictability on gait biomechanics and mobility-based participation in children with cerebral palsy.

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Primary supervisor: Professor David Baxter

Emily Gray

Engagement in physical activity during the first three months following coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

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Primary supervisor: Dr Margot Skinner

Renee Hamel

Long-term impact of cardiovascular and respiratory deconditioning on physical activity intolerance in outpatient adults with moderate and severe traumatic brain injury.

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Primary supervisor:  Professor Leigh Hale

Huijuan Tan

Treatment regimens of acupuncture for chronic low back pain: A randomized controlled feasibility trial of 2 × 2 factorial design

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Primary supervisor: Professor David Baxter

Zohreh Jafarian Tangrood (submitted for graduation)

Exploring the effect of shoulder passive mobilisation on shoulder function, pain and muscle activity levels in patients with shoulder disorders.

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Primary supervisor: Dr Daniel Ribeiro

Donald Manlapaz (Awaiting graduation)

The use of Nintendo Wii Fit™ in improving falls risk, balance and adherence to exercise in patients with Knee Osteoarthritis.

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Primary supervisor: Dr Cathy Chapple

Normala Mesbah (Graduated)

Postural stability in older adults with early diagnosed Alzheimer's disease.

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Primary supervisor: Professor Leigh Hale

Rob Moran

Musculoskeletal injury prediction in high intensity strength and conditioning athletes.

Primary supervisor: Prof John Sullivan

Rani Othman

Profiling sensory phenotypes in individuals with persistent musculoskeletal pain

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Primary supervisor: Dr Ram Mani

Ayesha Nisar 

Feasibility study of a psycho-social intervention program to enhance resilience and psychological well-being among care givers of stroke survivors: a randomized controlled trial.

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Primary supervisor: Professor Leigh Hale

Jacqueline Plater

Evaluating the delivery of evidence-based physiotherapy practice in a changing healthcare environment.

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Primary supervisor: Professor David Baxter

Sarah Rhodes

Can physical activity intervention in combination with text messaging improve quality of life through increased functional exercise capacity and enhanced exercise self-efficacy in adults with obstructive sleep apnoea?

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Primary supervisor: Dr Margot Skinner

Kesava Sampath (Awarded 2019)

Thoracic spinal manipulation and short-term changes in the activities of (1) hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and Hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis (i.e. HPA-HPG axis) and (2) the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). Is that a potential viable treatment option for people with chronic pain?

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Primary supervisor: Dr Steve Tumilty

Karen Taylor

Evaluating the primary care decision-making process for shoulder injuries in New Zealand.

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Hui Xiao

Factors influencing ageing well amongst older New Zealand men: A study of urban and rural areas of Otago and Southland Regions

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Primary supervisor: Professor David Baxter

Cliff Waller

The hemiparetic knee: structure and function.

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Primary supervisor: Dr Gisela Sole

Secondary supervision CHARR, School of Physiotherapy

Lara Vlietstra

Screening and treating pro-dromal sarcopenia in middle-aged adults

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Jo Tomlinson

The influence of neuromechanics of the hip joint capsule in pathology

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