Sandy Rutherford

Sandy Rutherford

Research project: Self-management after stroke

Level of research: PhD student

Sandy is a Lecturer and Research Officer of the Person-Centred Rehabilitation Team

Memberships and Affiliations:
New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists
Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

Teaching Areas:

Research Areas:
Sandy’s research interests include the strategies people with health conditions use to participate in occupations and experience well-being.

Research Summary:
Sandy works part time as a Research Officer for The Person Centred Rehabilitation Team (PCR Team) which is one of the research groups making up the Health & Rehabilitation Research Centre at AUT University. It is a multidisciplinary team, lead by Dr Kathryn McPherson, Professor of Rehabilitation (Laura Fergusson Chair).
Sandy also works part time in the department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and is paper leader for Rehabilitation & Participation (undergraduate).

Current Research Projects:
The Auckland Regional Community Stroke Study (ARCOS IV): Part 3 qualitative study.
Investigators: Kath McPherson, Professor Valery Feigin, AUT University, Dr. Alice Theadom, AUT University, Ms Suzanne Barker-Collo, Auckland University, Ms Varsha Parag, Auckland University, Professor Max Abbott, AUT University, Professor Alan Barber, ADHB, Professor Ruth Bonita, University of Auckland, Dr. Paul Brown, Auckland University, Associate Professor Bruce Arroll, AUT University.
This longitudinal study aims to explore how the experience of recovery and adaptation changes over time after stroke and to elicit the strategies people with stroke use and find helpful in living life after stroke.
Funding: Health Research Council


  • Rutherford, S. J., Theadom, A., Jones, A., Hocking, C., Feigin, V., Krishnamurthi, R., . . . McPherson, K. M. (2014). Capturing the stories behind the numbers: The Auckland regional community stroke study (ARCOS IV), a qualitative study. International Journal of Stroke, 9(1), 64-70.
  • Bright, F. A. S., Boland, P., Rutherford, S. J., Kayes, N. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2012). Implementing a client-centred approach in rehabilitation: an autoethnography. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34(12), 997-1004.