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PhD candidates CHARR, School of Physiotherapy

PhD students

Primarily supervised CHARR, School of Physiotherapy


Sarfaraz Alam

The effects of manual therapy on biomechanical, neurophysiological and functional outcomes in people with knee osteoarthritis

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Primary supervisor: Dr Cathy Chapple


Rebecca Blyth

Head acceleration during a purposeful header: what factors contribute to this and how can we train these successfully to reduce head acceleration in female soccer players as a potential concussion prevention tool

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Primary supervisor: Associate Professor Gisela Sole


Lizz Carrington

Determining the utility of play based exercise programmes in green and blue spaces for children with disabilities

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Primary Supervisor:Associate Professor Meredith Perry


Gail Donaldson

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

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Primary supervisor: Associate Professor Meredith Perry
Email: donga671@student.otago.ac.nz


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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Primary supervisor: Professor David Baxter

Email: emeal528@student.otago.ac.nz


Gerard Farrell

Manual Therapy treatment directed at the cervical spine in individuals with post-concussion syndrome

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Primary supervisor: Associate Professor Steve Tumilty

Email: gerard.farrell@otago.ac.nz


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
Email: rhamel@highpoint.edu


Jerin Mathew

Neurofeedback Intervention to Modulate Knee Osteoarthritic Pain Experience

Primary supervisor: Dr Ram Mani

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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


Mark Overton

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

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Primary Supervisor: Dr Ram Mani
Email: mark.overton@postgrad.otago.ac.nz 


Ayesha Nisar 

Submitted for examination.

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
Email: Ayeshanisar400@gmail.com


Jacqueline Plater

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

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Primary supervisor: Professor David Baxter
Email: jacqui.plater@otago.ac.nz


Oka Sanerivi

Culturally responsive Physiotherapy approaches to working with Pacific families

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Primary supervisor: Professor Leigh Hale


Amanda Still

Physical activity, sleep and fatigue in Parkinsons Disease

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Primary supervisor: Dr Prasath Jayakaran
Email: amanda.still@otago.ac.nz


Karen Taylor

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

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Primary supervisor: Dr Cathy Chapple

Email: karen.taylor@otago.ac.nz


Hui Xiao

Submitted for examination.

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
Email: rebeldexxh@hotmail.com


Tim Wang

Exploring the effects of sustained glenohumeral glides on scapular and shoulder muscle activity in patients with subacromial pain

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Primary supervisor: Associate Professor Daniel Ribeiro


Sarah Walker

Supporting allied health professionals in rural areas

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Primary supervisor: Dr Ewan Kennedy


Cliff Waller

The hemiparetic knee: structure and function.

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Primary supervisor: Professor Leigh Hale
Email: cliff.waller@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


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