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Thesis title

Scapular dyskinesis and subacromial shoulder pain


Primary Supervisor, Dr. Daniel Cury Ribeiro, Lecturer, Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago
Co supervisor, Dr Gisela Sole, Senior Lecturer, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago

Area of study

  • Shoulder impingement syndrome
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Neck pain
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

Educational background

  • Master of Science in Physiotherapy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Rehabilitation, Department of Physiotherapy, Tehran-Iran (2005-2008).
  • Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Rehabilitation, Department of Physiotherapy, Tehran-Iran (1997-2001).


2016-2019 University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship


Jafarian, Z. T., Sole, G., & Ribeiro, D. C., (2019) Between-day reliability of scapular locator for measuring scapular position during arm elevation in asymptomatic participants. Accepted to be published in JMPT

Ribeiro, D. C., Jafarian Tangrood, Z., Sole, G., & Abbott, J. H. (2019). Effectiveness of a tailored rehabilitation versus standard strengthening programme for patients with shoulder pain: a protocol for a feasibility randomised controlled trial (the Otago MASTER trial). Bmj Open, 9(7), e028261. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028261

Tangrood, Z. J., Gisselman, A. S., Sole, G., & Ribeiro, D. C. (2018). Clinical course of pain and disability in patients with subacromial shoulder pain: a systematic review protocol. Bmj Open, 8(5). doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019393

Shadmehr, A., Jafarian, Z. and Talebian, S. (2012) Changes in recruitment of pelvic stabilizer muscles in people with and without sacroiliac joint pain during the Active Straight-Leg-Raise test. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. 25(2012) 27-32

Shadmehr, A., Jafarian, Z.,Kamrantavakol and Talebian, S. Effect of Pelvic compression on the stability of pelvis and relief of sacroiliac joint pain in woman: a case series

Shadmehr, A., Jafarian,Z.M, Kamrantavakol and TalebianS. (2008) Comparison of changes in timing of pelvic stabilizer muscles and ASLR time span between patients with sacroiliac joint pain and healthy group during active SLR test. Journal of Modern Rehabilitation 2 (2)

Jafarian Z., Shadmehr, A., Talebian, S. and Fakhari Z. (2011) The assessment of ASLR test effects on tonosity and activity of sacroiliac stabilizer muscles. Journal of Rehabilitation 11 (4)


Jafarian Tangrood, Z. (June, 2017). Subacromial shoulder pain and movement control- implications to rehabilitation: A Thesis proposal. Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research, Seminar Series, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Jafarian Tangrood, Z. (November, 2016). Subacromial shoulder pain: effects of tailored physiotherapy or standardised physiotherapy on scapular motions and functional outcomes. A program proposal. Postgraduate research symposium of the Centre of Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy and School of Physical education, Annual Research Week, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Why did you choose the School of Physiotherapy?

Firstly; because of its high quality research and universal ranking. Secondly, due to the friendly supervisors and coordinator. And finally, the International PhD scholarship.


Zohreh Phd

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