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Thesis Title

Does pain phenotyping predict pain and functional outcomes in people with persistent musculoskeletal pain?

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Area of Study

  • Persistent Pain
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Neural sensitisation
  • Quantitative Sensory Testing
  • Physical activity and exercise
  • Behaviour


  • Dr Ramakrishnan Mani, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago
  • Associate Professor Nicola Swain, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago
  • Professor David Gwynne-Jones, Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Otago

Education Background

2013: Bachelor of Physiotherapy (credit), University of Otago.
2015: Post Graduate Certificate in Physiotherapy endorsed in Occupational Health, University of Otago.
2016: Post Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (distinction) endorsed in Occupational Health, University of Otago.
2017: Master of Physiotherapy (distinction) endorsed in Occupational Health, University of Otago.


Overton M, Reynolds E, Clark N, Bhana H, Mulligan H, Elliot K, Minnoch P (2016) Physical activity levels and injury prevention knowledge and practice of a cohort of carpentry students. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy 44(2): 84-90.

Overton M, Du Plessis H, Sole G (2018) Electromyography of neck and shoulder muscles in instrumental musicians with musculoskeletal pain compared to asymptomatic controls: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice 36: 32–42.


University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship 2020-2023

Why did you choose Otago?

I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Otago and have strong ties with Dunedin and with the School of Physiotherapy.

The University of Otago also has a strong reputation as one of the world's leading universities. It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to study towards my PhD at Otago.

Best things about study

The knowledge and confidence I've gained so far. I believe this has bettered my clinical practice and improved client outcomes.

The School also has extremely supportive academic and administrative staff who have helped me achieve my goals.


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