Neurological Rehabilitation


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The Neurological Rehabilitation Team (NR Team) is one of the research groups making up the Health & Rehabilitation Research Centre at AUT University. The team is lead by Professor Denise Taylor, Senior Lecturer Neurological Physiotherapy.

The team's research focuses on: studying the effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions aimed at improving outcomes for older adults transitioning to frailty and people with chronic neurological conditions; assessing the value of outcome measures used in people with neurological conditions; investigating the underlying physiological and neural control mechanisms associated with impairments and disabilities in order to develop novel intervention strategies that are specific and focussed. As a team we also work closely with the Person Centred Rehabilitation team led by Dr Kathryn McPherson. We use a variety of research methodologies and welcome collaboration with others interested in these areas.

We have links with a variety of health providers and funders which helps us to maintain a strong clinical focus and operating with these links we aim to implement high level evidence-based practice.

This information is intended to give a brief introduction to our team's work. If you would like more information about our team or our work, please contact us.


  • Understand complex movement control.
  • Recovery of the arm and hand after a stroke.
  • Outcome measures in neurological rehabilitation.
  • Falls prevention interventions in older adults.
  • Barriers and facilitators to physical activity (with the PCR team).
  • People living with neurological dysfunction.

Our Aims

  • To identify and test measures that are used when assessing people with movement disorders.
  • To evaluate interventions for people with neurological conditions and older adults who have a high risk of injury from falls.
  • To understand the mechanisms controlling complex functional movements and identify problems in people with neurological conditions.
  • To develop and test novel interventions based on research on the neural control of complex movements