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Clinical Research

SCP190306 MG 3087The Laura Fergusson Trust remains dedicated to promote excellence in research, contributing to the evidence base of clinical service, and providing team/community education.

Our research fellow alongside clinicians from all areas of the Trust are engaged in research with the University of Otago, University of Canterbury, Callaghan Innovation, MedTech CORE, and the Department of Corrections, as well as working in collaboration with organisations such as the Burwood Academy of Independent Living and He Waka Tapu, a kaupapa Māori service provider.


42nd Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) Conference, 2019

  • Long-term follow-up of moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury in the Canterbury region. Kristin Gozdzikowska, Katie Hodge
  • Meeting Unmet Needs: Education and Support for Adult Family Members of Individuals with Brain Injury. Nic Ward, Nalita Naidu, Siobhan Palmer
  • Post-traumatic Parkinsonism following severe traumatic brain injury: A case report. Kristin Gozdzikowska
  • Peer support following traumatic brain injury: Efficacy and impact of client-led group programmes. Eleanor Jackson, Peta Mann, Kristin Gozdzikowska
  • Y do I ACT like this: Adjusting to changes in sense of self after traumatic brain injury. Signe Wiingard, Siobhan Palmer, Nic Ward
  • Dysphagia following moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury. Kristin Gozdzikowska, Katherine Williams

Emerging Tech in Health Symposium, 2019

  • Virtual Reality Rehabilitation following Traumatic Brain Injury. Kristin Gozdzikowska, Katie Hodge, Marcus King (Callaghan Innovation), Riley Stockwell (Cerebral Fix), Nadia Thorne (Cerebral Fix), Jo Nunnerley (University of Otago, BAIL)

6th Annual Asia-Oceanian Conference of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, 2018

  • Return to Work Following Moderate-to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Kristin Gozdzikowska, Katie Hodge, Pat Hopkins, Nic Ward
  • Behavioural Indicators of Emerging Consciousness following Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: A Case Series. Kristin Gozdzikowska, Katie Hodge
  • Demographic Characteristics of Moderate-toSevere Traumatic Brain Injury in Canterbury. Kristin Gozdzikowska, Katie Hodge

Emerging Tech in Health Symposium, 2018

  • Let's stop pretending Social License is an actual thing. Kathryn Jones

Allied Health, Scientific and Technical Conference, 2018

  • Rehabilitation following Traumatic Brain Injury: Role of Allied Health and ACC. Kristin Gozdzikowska, Katie Hodge

New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference, 2017

  • Seamless Transition from Inpatient Facility to Community. Pat Hopkins, Delwyn Eden, Kristin Gozdzikowska, Katie Hodge
  • Health Care Providers: Return to Work Following Traumatic Brain Injury. Pat Hopkins, Kristin Gozdzikowska, Katie Hodge

Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference, 2016

  • Interactions with community health providers following discharge from inpatient rehabilitation: The experience of individuals with spinal cord injury. Kathryn Dwyer, Dr Hilda Mulligan (University of Otago)

AFRM/NZRA Rehabilitation Conference, 2015

  • Building Good Rehabilitation by Design. Katie Hodge (Director of Rehabilitation), Co-presented with Krishnan C, Young T, Feist S

Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ) Conference, 2015

  • Kathryn Jones, Deanne Rowland, Anita Cox (Project Manager) - Pegasus Health Canterbury

Online and Peer-Reviewed Publications

Our research has been featured in recent online publications:

‘E’ therapy in the community: Examination of the uptake and effectiveness of BRAVE (a self-help computer programme for anxiety in children and adolescents) in primary care.

Moora, S., Willimana, J.,  Drummonda, S., Fultona, C., Mayesa, W., Ward, N. (Laura Fergusson Trust), ... Stasiak, K.

Internet Interventions, 2019. For full-text, please click here: 'E' therapy in the community

‘Does the family become part of the team, or the team become part of the family? An Interview with a father 17 years after brain injury.’

Palmer, S. (Laura Fergusson Trust) & Dart, A.

In Family Experience of Brain Injury: Surviving, Coping, Adjusting. Wilson, J., & Holloway, M., 2019, Routledge.

Working with cognitive communication disorders

Eden, D., Williams, K., & Gozdzikowska, K. (Laura Fergusson Trust)

Communication Matters, 2019, 34, 5.

Education and training in cognitive-communication: A practitioner perspective.

Eden, D., Williams, K., & Gozdzikowska, K. (Laura Fergusson Trust)

Communication Matters, 2019, 34, 6-7.

Rehabilitation following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Hopkins, P (Laura Fergusson Trust)

LOGIC (Journal of the New Zealand College of Primary Health Nurses), 2018, 17(1): 27-32.For full access to this journal article, please see the following link: Logic Journal - March 2018

The experiences of individuals with a spinal cord injury following discharge from inpatient rehabilitation

Dwyer, K (University of Otago, Laura Fergusson Trust), Hilda Mulligan (University of Otago).  

International Journal of Therapy & Rehabiliation, 2017, 24(8):256-64.

Community reintegration following spinal cord injury: Insights for health professionals in community rehabilitation services in New Zealand.

Dwyer, K (University of Otago, Laura Fergusson Trust), Hilda Mulligan (University of Otago).  

New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 2015, 43(3): 75-85. 

Comparison of a Virtual-Reality Test of Executive Function with Standard Executive Function Tests and their Ecological Validity

Perniskie E (University of Canterbury), Ward N (Laura Fergusson Trust), Dalrymple-Alford J (University of Canterbury, New Zealand Brain Research Institute), Alberts J (Canterbury District Health Board), Jansari A (The University of East London), McLoughlin N (Laura Fergusson Trust, Canterbury District Health Board)

A more "normal" life: Residents', family, staff, and managers' experience of active support at a residential facility for people with physical and intellectual impairments.

Graham F, Sinnott K, Snell D, Martin R, Freeman C.

J Intellect Dev Disabil. 2013, 38(3):256-64.


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