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Rachelle Martin thumbnailDip Phys(Otago), MHSc(Otago), PhD(Otago)

Email rachelle.martin@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 21 223 3362

Rachelle works as a Lecturer with the Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit (RTRU) in the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago, Wellington.

Rachelle is a physiotherapist who has completed her Master of Health Science (endorsed in rehabilitation) in 2014, and her PhD in 2018. Both of these programmes of study were undertaken at the RTRU. She has worked clinically in the area of acquired brain injury in acute and community rehabilitation settings. Alongside her role at the RTRU, Rachelle also works as Research and Knowledge Translation Lead at the Burwood Academy Trust, based in Christchurch.

Rachelle aims to develop equitable health-optimising policies and programmes, enabling people who experience disability to live well across their lifespan. Her research is conducted in a way that supports the development of empowering mana-enhancing health services - acknowledging and building on people’s capabilities and strengths.

Rachelle optimises research real-world impact by ensuring that new evidence and knowledge is directly translated into improved ways of working – often within the process of research itself. She is committed to participatory methods that listen to and enhance the voices of disabled people, ensuring their perspectives influence health-related policy, programme and service delivery decisions, and works in partnership with Māori researchers to ensure kaupapa Māori responsiveness.

Rachelle often use realist review, research or evaluation methods to unpack the ‘black box’ of complex health programmes by developing a theoretically based understanding of ‘what works for who, in which contexts, to what extent, and how?’ As such, her research supports a nuanced understanding of how people are able to (or not) respond to intervention resources and/or programme mechanisms, and how different contexts (i.e. personal, environmental and societal) may impact on equitable health outcomes.

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Publications

Dunn, J. A., Hackney, J. J., Martin, R. A., Tietjens, D., Young, T., Bourke, J. A., Snell, D. L., Nunnerley, J. L., … Derrett, S. (2021). Development of a programme theory for early intervention vocational rehabilitation: A Realist literature review. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10926-021-10000-z

Hay-Smith, J., & Martin, R. (2021). Caring conversations to support continence management after stroke: A participant-informed rapid realist review [Extended abstract]. Neurourology & Urodynamics, 40(Suppl. 2), (pp. S128-S130). [Abstract]

Dunn, J., Martin, R. A., Hackney, J. J., Nunnerley, J. L., Snell, D., Bourke, J. A., … Derrett, S. (2021). Early vocational rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury: A research protocol using realist synthesis and interviews to understand how and why it works. BMJ Open, 11, e048753. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-048753

Nunnerley, J. L., Martin, R. A., Aldridge, M., Bourke, J. A., & Simpson, I. (2021). Access to community support workers during hospital admission for people with spinal cord injury: A pilot study. Spinal Cord Series & Cases, 7, 3. doi: 10.1038/s41394-020-00370-6

Martin, R. A., Dickie, B., Skinner, H., Hurring, S., Marshall, R., & Hanger, H. C. (2020). Implementing a 'Safe Recovery' fall prevention program: Refining intervention theory using realist methods. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 39, e259-e270. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12795

Dunn, J. A., Hackney, J. J., Martin, R. A., Tietjens, D., Young, T., Bourke, J. A., Snell, D. L., Nunnerley, J. L., … Derrett, S. (2021). Development of a programme theory for early intervention vocational rehabilitation: A Realist literature review. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10926-021-10000-z

Journal - Research Article

Nunnerley, J. L., Martin, R. A., Aldridge, M., Bourke, J. A., & Simpson, I. (2021). Access to community support workers during hospital admission for people with spinal cord injury: A pilot study. Spinal Cord Series & Cases, 7, 3. doi: 10.1038/s41394-020-00370-6

Journal - Research Article

Martin, R. A., Dickie, B., Skinner, H., Hurring, S., Marshall, R., & Hanger, H. C. (2020). Implementing a 'Safe Recovery' fall prevention program: Refining intervention theory using realist methods. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 39, e259-e270. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12795

Journal - Research Article

Martin, R. A., Graham, F. P., Levack, W. M. M., Taylor, W. J., & Surgenor, L. J. (2020). Exploring how therapeutic horse riding improves health outcomes using a realist framework. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 83(2), 129-139. doi: 10.1177/0308022619865496

Journal - Research Article

Martin, R. A., Taylor, W. J., Surgenor, L. J., Graham, F. P., Levack, W. M. M., & Blampied, N. M. (2020). Evaluating the effectiveness of therapeutic horse riding for children and young people experiencing disability: A single-case experimental design study. Disability & Rehabilitation, 42(26), 3734-3743. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2019.1610083

Journal - Research Article

Snell, D. L., Martin, R., Surgenor, L. J., Siegert, R. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Melzer, T. R., Anderson, T. J., & Hooper, G. J. (2020). Wrestling with uncertainty after mild traumatic brain injury: A mixed methods study. Disability & Rehabilitation, 42(14), 1942-1953. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1542461

Journal - Research Article

Bourke, J. A., Catherwood, V. J., Nunnerley, J., Martin, R. A., Levack, W. M. M., Thompson, B. L., & Acland, R. H. (2019). Using cannabis for pain management after spinal cord injury: A qualitative study. Spinal Cord Series & Cases, 5, 82. doi: 10.1038/s41394-019-0227-3

Journal - Research Article

Kayes, N. M., Martin, R. A., Bright, F. A., Kersten, P., & Pollock, A. (2019). Optimising the real-world impact of rehabilitation reviews: Increasing the relevance and usability of systematic reviews in rehabilitation. European Journal of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, 55(3), 331-341. doi: 10.23736/s1973-9087.19.05793-9

Journal - Research Article

Levack, W. M., Martin, R. A., Graham, F. P., & Hay-Smith, E. J. (2019). Compared to what? An analysis of the management of control groups in Cochrane reviews in neurorehabilitation. European Journal of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, 55(3), 353-363. doi: 10.23736/s1973-9087.19.05795-2

Journal - Research Article

Martin, R. A., Graham, F. P., Taylor, W. J., & Levack, W. M. M. (2018). Mechanisms of change for children participating in therapeutic horse riding: A grounded theory. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 38(5), 510-526. doi: 10.1080/01942638.2017.1400492

Journal - Research Article

Snell, D. L., Martin, R., Macleod, A. D., Surgenor, L. J., Siegert, R. J., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Melzer, T., Hooper, G. J., & Anderson, T. (2018). Untangling chronic pain and post-concussion symptoms: The significance of depression. Brain Injury, 32(5), 583-592. doi: 10.1080/02699052.2018.1432894

Journal - Research Article

Snell, D. L., Martin, R., Surgenor, L. J., Siegert, R. J., & Hay-Smith, E. J. C. (2017). What's wrong with me? Seeking a coherent understanding of recovery after mild traumatic brain injury. Disability & Rehabilitation, 39(19), 1968-1975. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2016.1213895

Journal - Research Article

Martin, R., Levack, W. M. M., & Sinnott, K. A. (2015). Life goals and social identity in people with severe acquired brain injury: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Disability & Rehabilitation, 37(14), 1234-1241. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2014.961653

Journal - Research Article

Graham, F., Sinnott, K. A., Snell, D. L., Martin, R., & Freeman, C. (2013). A more “normal” life: Residents', family, staff, and managers' experience of active support at a residential facility for people with physical and intellectual impairments. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 38(3), 256-264. doi: 10.3109/13668250.2013.805738

Journal - Research Article

Dunn, J., Martin, R. A., Hackney, J. J., Nunnerley, J. L., Snell, D., Bourke, J. A., … Derrett, S. (2021). Early vocational rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury: A research protocol using realist synthesis and interviews to understand how and why it works. BMJ Open, 11, e048753. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-048753

Journal - Research Other

Hay-Smith, J., & Martin, R. (2021). Caring conversations to support continence management after stroke: A participant-informed rapid realist review [Extended abstract]. Neurourology & Urodynamics, 40(Suppl. 2), (pp. S128-S130). [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Nunnerley, J., Martin, R., Bourke, J., Shahtahmasebi, Z., Snell, D., & Dunn, J. (2019). Developing a framework for spinal cord injury (SCI) peer support. Proceedings of the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) Annual Scientific Meeting. O8. Retrieved from https://www2.asia-spinalinjury.org/meetings/2019/guide/program/sessions/detail.iphtml?id=926

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Martin, R., Graham, F., Levack, W., Taylor, W., & Surgenor, L. (2018). Therapeutic horse riding: A context facilitating learning and flourishing for children with disability. Proceedings of the 12th World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM). Retrieved from https://isprm2018.com

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Martin, R., Taylor, W., Graham, F., Surgenor, L., & Levack, W. (2018). What works for which riders, and to what extent? Evaluating the effectiveness of a New Zealand therapeutic riding intervention using a single-case experimental design. Proceedings of the 12th World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM). Retrieved from https://isprm2018.com

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Martin, R. A., Levack, W. M. M., Graham, F. P., Taylor, W. J., & Surgenor, L. J. (2017). Putting context in place: Therapeutic landscape experiences of child riders involved in a therapeutic horse riding intervention. Proceedings of the New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference: Making an Impact: Putting Knowledge to Work in Rehabilitation. Retrieved from http://www.nzrehabconference2017.co.nz/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Martin, R., Graham, F., Taylor, W., Levack, W., & Surgenor, L. (2017). Keeping complexity appropriately complex: A critical realist approach to evaluating rehabilitation interventions. Proceedings of the University of Otago Student Research Symposium: Te Wānaka Rakahau: Ākoka. (pp. 55-56). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/graduate-research/scholarships/otago643219.html

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Martin, R., Taylor, W. J., Graham, F. P., Levack, W. M., & Surgenor, L. J. (2017). Keeping complexity appropriately complex: A critical realist approach to evaluating rehabilitation interventions. Proceedings of the International Realist Conference. (pp. 7). Retrieved from https://realist2017.org

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Snell, D., Martin, R., Surgenor, L., Hay-Smith, J., Hooper, G., Melzer, T., Siegert, R., & Anderson, T. (2016). Mild traumatic brain injury and chronic pain: Using mixed methods to explore unique and overlapping phenomenology. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 97(10), (pp. e2-e3). doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.08.004

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Bourke, J., Catherwood, V., Nunnerley, J., Martin, R., Lennox Thompson, B., & Acland, R. (2019, August). Using cannabis as a pain management strategy for people with spinal cord injury. Poster session presented at the 26th Australia New Zealand Spinal Cord Society (ANZSCoS) Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne, Australia.

Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Martin, R., Nunnerley, J., Shahtahmasebi, Z., Bourke, J., Snell, D., & Dunn, J. (2018, September). The development of a peer support framework in New Zealand. Poster session presented at the 57th International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) and 25th Australia New Zealand Spinal Cord Society (ANZSCoS) Combined Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, Australia.

Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Martin, R. (2019, May). Using a single-case experimental design to evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic horse riding for children and young people experiencing. Verbal presentation at the Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) and New Zealand Rehabilitation Association (NZRA) Inaugural Trans-Tasman Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Martin, R. (2017, November). The importance of place: Meaningful participation experiences of child riders involved in therapeutic horse riding intervention. Verbal presentation at the Disability Matters Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Martin, R. (2016, August). Horses for courses: Strengths and challenges of single-case research designs in evaluating the effectiveness of complex rehabilitation interventions. Verbal presentation at the Postgraduate Research Student Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Graham, F., Sinnott, K. A., Snell, D. L., Martin, R., & Freeman, C. (2013, March). A more normal life: Residents', family, staff and managers' experience of Active Support at a residential facility for people with physical and intellectual impairments. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference: Connecting, Living, Rebuilding, Nelson, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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