Study with Us

Opportunities for students at NISAN
We are able to offer supervision at honours, masters and doctoral level. We would be interested to hear from students with an interest in studying in the areas of epidemiology, neuropsychology, testing of novel interventions, rehabilitation/health psychology, cognitive neuroscience and sleep within neurological populations.

If you are interested in studying with us please refer to a list of potential PhD and Master's study topics.

We have particular expertise in working with people who have experienced a stroke, traumatic brain injury, neuromuscular disorders, fibromyalgia syndrome, autism and dementia.

Further information is available via the following links:
International students: https://www.aut.ac.nz/international
Domestic students: https://www.aut.ac.nz/research/postgraduate-study-and-research

For specific enquiries or to determine eligibility please contact:
Postgraduate Programme Coordinator and Academic Secretary Beibei Chiou Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7020 fhesdm@aut.ac.nz, or
Postgraduate Programmes Advisor Debra Spinetto Phone: +64 9 921 9735 debra.spinetto@aut.ac.nz

Our staff contribute to or co-ordinate, the following papers:

Associated papers taught at AUT

Public Health
Health Sciences

We also have a cohort of PhD students, many of whom are externally funded on projects and studentships.

GRADUATED POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS SUPERVISED BY NISAN CORE STAFF

PhD

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.

MASTERS

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. 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.

HONOURS

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+) Stress and sleep in fibromyalgia syndrome. Primary supervisor: Alice Theadom