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Valery Feigin
Valery Feigin
Director
Rita Krishnamurthi
Rita Krishnamurthi
Deputy Director
Kelly Jones
Kelly Jones
Devaki De Silva
Devaki De Silva
Shabnam Jalili-Moghaddam
Shabnam Jalili-Moghaddam
Alexander Merkin
Alexander Merkin
Balakrishnan Nair
Balakrishnan Nair
Brigitte van Gils
Brigitte van Gils
Administrator

Students and graduates supervised by NISAN staff

2023

  • Sapna George (2022-2025)
    Third supervisor: Rita Krishnamurthi
    Title: Body image and emotional wellbeing of Asian Indian immigrant adolescents in New Zealand – a critical review and qualitative analysis.
  • Alice Cade (University of Auckland)
    Primary supervisor: Phil Turnball
    Secondary supervisors: Kelly Jones and Kelly Holt
    Title: Oculomotor function in young adults with mild traumatic brain injury.

2021

  • Claudia Zagreanu
    Primary supervisor: Rita Krishnamurthi
    Secondary supervisor: Valery Feigin.
    Title: Epidemiology of atrial fibrillation in ischaemic stroke patients: A population-based study in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Ann George
    Primary supervisor: Valery Feigin
    Co-supervisor: Rita Krishnamurthi.
    Title: Testing the viability of a mobile application for the self-management of stroke risk in the NZ population.

2019

  • Tracey Mitchell
    Primary supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: Prevalence and treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury in a South Auckland corrections facility.
  • Nusrat Shaikh
    Primary supervisor: Richard Siegert
    Secondary supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: Psychometric properties of the Community Integration Questionnaire.
  • Ekta Singh Dahiya
    Primary supervisor: Rita Krishnamurthi
    Co-supervisor: Valery Feigin
    Advisor: Priya Parmar
    Title: validation of a new non-invasive arterial Pulse Wave Velocity (aPWV) monitor and determine the reference values of aPWV for healthy New Zealand population based on ethnic variability.
  • Margie Olds
    Tertiary supervisor: Priya Parmar
    Title: Risk factors which predispose first-time anterior traumatic shoulder dislocations to recurrent instability in adults.

2018

  • Bronwyn Tunnage
    Primary supervisor: Rita Krishnamurthi
    Co-supervisor: Valery Feigin
    Title: Paramedic response to acute stroke/TIA: A population-based study of current practice and outcomes.
  • Halina Kalaga
    Primary supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Secondary supervisors: Rita Krishnamurthi, Valery Feigin
    Title: The influence of psychosocial factors on the outcomes of motivational interviewing for secondary stroke prevention.
  • Susan Mahon
    Primary supervisor: Rita Krishnamurthi
    Secondary supervisors: Kelly Jones, Valery Feigin
    Advisor: Priya Parmar
    Title: The impact of stroke on cognition. Predictors, prevalence and assessment.

2017

  • Andrea Greenwood (DPsych)
    Primary supervisor: Suzanne Barker-Collo
    Secondary supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Co-supervisor: Valery Feigin
    Title: Review of classification systems for mild TBI.

2015

  • Braden Te Ao
    Primary supervisor: Valery Feigin
    Title: Economic Cost of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in New Zealand.

2020

  • Elsie Gahano, MHSc
    Primary supervisor: Kelly Jones
    Co-supervisor: Manorika Ratnaweera
    Title: Enablers and barriers to accessing paediatric dental services in Papua New Guinea: A pilot study

2019

  • Dympna Mulroy, MPhil
    Primary supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: Impact of myotonic dystrophy on work productivity.
  • Miriam Hanna, MPhil
    Primary supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: Medication use following diagnosis of myotonic dystrophy in New Zealand.
  • Anna Keyser, MHSc
    Primary supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: Symptom validity reporting following mild TBI.
  • Kelly Ty
    Primary supervisor: Grace Wang
    Secondary supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: Factors influencing lifestyle change after stroke.
  • Kat Henry, MHSc
    Primary supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: Recovery following ACL reconstruction.
  • Jules Lough, MHSc
    Primary supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: Concussion awareness in young adults involved in equestrian sports.
  • Aisha Strand, MHSc
    Primary supervisor: Kelly Jones
    Secondary supervisors: Kelly Holt and Heidi Haavik
    Title: Can chiropractic adjustments change multisensory integration and sensorimotor integration in children with autism? A pilot study.
  • Devika Gopi, MHSc Rehabilitation Psychology
    Primary supervisor: Susan Mahon
    Title: Assessing predictors and prevalence of executive functioning in four-year stroke survivors.
  • Arta Krievina, MHSc Rehabilitation Psychology
    Primary supervisor: Susan Mahon
    Title: Analysis of the WAIS III Digit Symbol-Coding and the WAIS IV Coding subtests as effective embedded effort measures.

2018

  • Anna Leigh-Hodge, MHSc
    Primary supervisor: Susan Mahon
    Mentor supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: Effect of rehabilitation on long-term outcomes after stroke: results from a population-based study.
  • Jenni Slaughter, Masters
    Primary supervisor: Nicola Starkey
    Secondary supervisor: Kelly Jones
    Title: long-term social functioning in children following mild traumatic brain injury.
  • Hafsa Iqbal, MHSc
    Primary supervisor: Susan Mahon
    Mentor supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: The experiences of a multi-ethnic group of participants engaging in health and wellness coaching: Results from the PREVENTS Study.
  • Isabella Dyke, MHSc
    Primary supervisor: Susan Mahon
    Mentor supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: Community integration in long term stroke survivors.

2017

  • Alice Cade, MSocSci
    Primary supervisor: Kelly Jones
    Secondary supervisors: Kelly Holt and Heidi Haavik
    Title: Chiropractic intervention and the control of eye movement in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: A pilot study.

2016

  • Dawn Willix-Payne, MSocSci
    Primary supervisor: Nicola Starkey
    Secondary supervisor: Kelly Jones
    Title: Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury in New Zealand: Caregiver Knowledge and Media Representations (University of Waikato).
  • Karen Murphy, MSocSci
    Primary supervisor: Nicola Starkey
    Secondary supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: What do secondary school rugby players think about concussion? (University of Waikato).
  • Deidre Gough, MHealthPrac
    Primary supervisor: Rita Krishnamurthi
    Second supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: Can an Early Supported Discharge Service for Stroke be successful in a NZ context?

2015

  • Neil Bossenger, MHSc
    Primary supervisor; Gwyn Lewis
    Secondary supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: Effect of mindfulness on the autonomic and central nervous system.
  • Matt Kalloor, MHSc
    Primary supervisor: Daniel Shepherd
    Secondary supervisor: Alice Theadom.
    Title: Noise sensitivity following brain injury.

2014

  • Katie Hayden, MHSc
    Primary supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Secondary supervisor: Richard Siegert
    Title: Being mindful of mindfulness, participants’ experiences of using mindfulness in the context of chronic pain.
  • Setareh Zareie, MHSc
    Primary supervisor: Nicola Starkey
    Secondary supervisor: Kelly Jones
    Title: Mild traumatic brain injury sustained in preschool: Executive function and behavioural outcomes 24 months post-injury.
  • Wanda Malcolm, MHSc
    Primary supervisor: Kelly Jones
    Secondary supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: Impact of prior depression on depression following traumatic brain injury.

2021

  • Navneet Kaur, BHSc (Hons) (Psychology)
    Primary supervisor: Rita Krishnamurthi
    Title: Evaluating the potential of mobile phone-based technology in improving stroke awareness among the AUT populations.

2020

  • Rose Coppard, BHSc (Hons)(Paramedicine) [First class honours]
    Primary supervisor: Bronwyn Tunnage
    Secondary supervisor: Rita Krishnamurthi
    Title: Is prenotification by paramedics associated with decreased time from arrival at hospital to computed tomography imaging for acute ischaemic stroke patients in New Zealand?

2019

  • Maureen O’Reilly, BHSc (Hons)
    Primary supervisor: Susan Mahon
    Secondary supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: Awareness of concussion in NZ cyclists.
  • Christina Lau, BSc thesis
    Primary supervisor: Kelly Jones
    Secondary supervisor: Trecia Wouldes
    Title: Health outcomes at 6-years following prenatal methamphetamine exposure. University of Bath, UK.

2018

  • Aaron Arnad, Honours
    Primary supervisor: Susan Mahon
    Title: The influence of clinical and demographic factors on health-related quality of life four years post-stroke.

2017

  • Tallulah Harper
    Primary supervisor: Kelly Jones
    Secondary supervisor: Grant Christey
    Title: Trends in incidence of paediatric TBI at Waikato Hospital between 2011-2016.
  • Poppy Barran
    Primary supervisor: Kelly Jones
    Secondary supervisor: Amy Jones
    Title: A pilot study of the New Zealand version of Teen Online Problem Solving (TOPS) for adolescents with TBI and their families.
  • Tamsyn Almond
    Third supervisor: Susan Mahon
    Title: A qualitative study of bariatric patients’ experiences of post-operative leaks.
  • Ian Gutteridge
    Primary supervisor: Susan Mahon
    Title: The lived experiences of familial stroke caregivers- six years post stroke.
  • Hafsa Iqbal
    Supervisors: Rohit Bhattacharjee and Susan Mahon
    Supervisory mentor: Rita Krishnamurthi
    Title: Risk of stroke, risk factors and associated health behaviour change in a sample of participants from a mobile app-based research study.

2015

  • Danielle Fletcher, BHSc (Hons)
    Primary supervisor: Kelly Jones
    Secondary supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: Preliminary efficacy of an online rehabilitation programs for adolescents and their families.
  • Alina Gheorghe, BHSc (Hons)
    Primary supervisor: Kelly Jones
    Secondary supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: Child and Caregiver behaviour ratings following traumatic brain injury.
  • Kylie Rose (Special Topic – A+)
    Primary supervisor: Alice Theadom
    Title: Stress and sleep in fibromyalgia syndrome.

PhD students

  • Michael Kravchenko (2024-2028)
    Primary Supervisor: Rita Krishnamurthi
    Secondary supervisor: Balakrishnan Nair
    Title: Addressing the challenge of stroke prevention in New Zealand: Analysing risks, barriers, and missed opportunities for enhanced intervention strategies
  • Debbie Meko (2024-2028)
    Primary supervisor: Valery Feigin
    Secondary supervisor: Rita Krishnamurthi
    Title: Stroke incidence, outcome and organization of stroke care in Papua New Guinea – a mixed method population-based study
  • Irina Drozdova (2021-2025)
    Primary supervisor: Valery Feigin
    Secondary supervisor: Rita Krishnamurthi
    Third supervisor: Peter Bergin
    Title: The incidence of epilepsy after first-ever or recurrent stroke: A population-based study.
  • Karim Mahawish (2022-2025)
    Primary supervisor: Rita Krishnamurthi
    Secondary supervisor: Valery Feigin
    Title: Refining stroke prediction in atrial fibrillation patients by addition of ethnicity to CHADS2-VASC score.
  • Anjali Bhatia (2019-2023)
    Primary supervisor: Katie Palmer-Du Preez
    Secondary supervisor: Rita Krishnamurthi
    Third supervisor: Camille Nakhid
    Title: Stress and role of environment in coping with stress among young people of Indian descent.

DHSc students

  • Weiran Liu (2024-)
    Primary Supervisor: Rita Krishnamurthi
    Secondary Supervisor: Lester Levy
    Title: Impacts of chronic stress and burnout to middle aged female workers’ performance at work in New Zealand

Master's degree students

  • Leanne Seniloli (2021-2024)
    Primary supervisor: Kelly Jones
    Secondary supervisor: Charmaine Bright
    Title: Determining the feasibility and acceptability of the Moves4LilMinds movement programme in the New Zealand context: A randomised pilot study.
  • Alice Tither (2023-2024)
    Primary supervisor: Charmaine Bright
    Secondary Supervisor: Kelly Jones
    Title: Strength-based practitioners' experiences of counselling adults with childhood psychological trauma in Aotearoa

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