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Emily Gray

Thesis Title

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

Area of Study

Cardiovascular health
Physical activity
Self-management

Supervisors

Dr Margot Skinner, Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago (Primary Supervisor)
Professor Leigh Hale, Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago
Mr Richard Bunton, Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinical Senior Lecturer, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago

Education

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Credit), University of Otago (1998)
Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Medicine (Distinction), University of Otago (2007)
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (2016)

Publications

  • Chow, A. Y. P., Creagh, M. F., Ganley, M. J., Kelly, G. C., Pranjoto, B., Gray, E., & Skinner, M. A. (2017). The use of key health questions for patient initial assessment in physiotherapy clinical practice. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 45(2), 75-89. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/45.2.04 
  • Diong, C., Jones, P. P., Tsuchimochi, H., Gray, E. A., Hughes, G., Inagaki, T., Bussey, C. T., … Schwenke, D. O. (2016). Sympathetic hyper-excitation in obesity and pulmonary hypertension: Physiological relevance to the 'obesity paradox'. International Journal of Obesity, 40, 938-946. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2016.33 
  • Gray, E. A., Tsuchimochi, H., Pearson, J. T., Sonobe, T., Fujii, Y., Yoshimoto, M., … Schwenke, D. O. (2013). Assessment of the serotonin pathway as a therapeutic target for pulmonary hypertension. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 20(Pt 5), 756-764. doi: 10.1107/s0909049513021213 

Presentations

  • Gray, E., Skinner, M., Smith, C., & Bunton, R. (2018). Perceptions and experiences of engaging in physical activity in adults following coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Proceedings of the Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference. (pp. 58). Retrieved from https://pnz.org.nz/conference.
  • Lewthwaite, N., Gray, E., & Skinner, M. (2018). Preparing physiotherapy students for clinical practice: A comparison between behaviourist and constructivist approaches. Proceedings of the Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference. (pp. 72). Retrieved from https://pnz.org.nz/conference.
  • Miller, L. R., Skinner, M. A., & Gray, E. A. (2018). Attitudes and barriers to physical activity and levels of physical activity in adults with obesity consuming very low calorie diets. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1470), (pp. 112-113). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal.
  • Miller, L., Skinner, M., & Gray, E. (2018). An investigation of attitudes to exercise and barriers to physical activity in a cohort of adults with obesity. Proceedings of the Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference. (pp. 80). Retrieved from https://pnz.org.nz/conference.[Abstract] Feedback

Why did you choose the School of Physiotherapy?

Studying in the School of Physiotherapy provides the opportunity to work with world leaders in the physiotherapy profession and in physiotherapy related research. I have a long association with the School of Physiotherapy, starting when I was an undergraduate student and as a teaching staff member in more recent years.

Working in the School over the past several years has enabled me to see first-hand the dedication by all staff not only to educating future physiotherapists, but in contributing to advancing the physiotherapy profession through world class research. For me, there was no other place where I wanted to undertake this next step in my academic pathway!

Best things so far

Very encouraging and supportive supervisory team, the comradery with other postgraduate students and the privilege of working with the research participants.