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University of Brighton
School of Health Sciences

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Contact personProf Paula Kersten 
StreetWestlain House, Brighton University, Falmer 
Address BN1 9PH - Brighton (United Kingdom) 
Phone01273 643483 
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Employees (in Depart.)51-250 
Organisation TypeSecondary or higher education establishment 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Other formal sciences
» Health sciences

 Brief description of your activity focus
New ways of working in allied health, outcome measurement, psychometrics, Rasch analysis, mixed methods

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Previously based in New Zealand. Interested in new ways of working in rehabilitation, e.g. peer mentoring in
traumatic brain injury, cognitive behavioural approaches in Multiple Sclerosis, mobile technologies, clinical support
websites. Particular interest in the development and evaluation of meaningful outcomes in rehabilitation: advanced
skills in Rasch analysis and traditional psychometrics.
 Research Activities

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
Current research projects
• Outcomes After Trauma Study (OATS), with AUT University, New Zealand
• Cluster-randomised controlled trial of an occupational therapy group intervention for children designed to promote
emotional wellbeing, with AUT University, New Zealand
• Mobile technology for symptom management in rehabilitation, with AUT University New Zealand & Bournemouth
University UK
• Optimising presentation of health information for clinicians: developing a clinical support website, with AUT
University, New Zealand

Selected recent research projects
With AUT University, New Zealand:
• Improving participatory outcomes in Traumatic Brain Injury: peer mentoring,
• A validation and norming study of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire in the New Zealand context
• Bridging the intention-action gap in rehabilitation; a pilot study of an implementation intention intervention
• Stroke guidelines & OA guidelines

• Cardiac programme of rehabilitation for reducing cerebrovascular risk factors post Transient Ischemic Attack, with
Southampton University, UK
•Multi-centre randomised controlled trial of a group-based cognitive behavioural approach to managing fatigue in
people with Multiple Sclerosis, with Bournemouth University UK

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