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Research interests


I am Head of School of Health Sciences and Professor at Brighton University. We provide education in nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, paramedic practice, public health, foundation degree and postgraduate taught/research programmes. Throughout my career I have worked in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands and New Zealand. I am an active researcher alongside my leadership role.


My research focuses on new rehabilitation approaches and measuring meaningful rehabilitation outcomes. Recent examples of my work include a study of peer mentoring for people with traumatic brain injury funded by the NZ Health Research Council and a study of the validity of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire funded by the NZ Ministry of Health.


Supervisory Interests

My research draws on principles of person centred care and measurement sciences. Recent collaborative research include an exploration of the usability of MS Energise (a mobile app to support people with multiple sclerosis who experience fatigue) and peer mentoring in traumatic brain injury. I hold visiting professorial positions at AUT University (New Zealand) and the University of Bournemouth. I have supervised seven doctoral and 12 MSc students to completion and am interested in taking on new doctoral and MSc students.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Southampton

Award Date: 3 May 1999

Master, University of Southampton

Award Date: 1 May 1992


Award Date: 30 Jun 1988


  • RZ Other systems of medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Outcome measurement
  • Physiotherapy

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Evaluating a sustainable model of peer-mentoring in traumatic brain injury

Kayes, N., Weatherall, M., Elder, H., Kersten, P., Te Ao, B., Fadyl, J. & Foster, A.

Health Research Council NZ


Project: Grant

Research Output

Digitizing a Face-to-Face Group Fatigue Management Program: Exploring the Views of People With Multiple Sclerosis and Health Care Professionals Via Consultation Groups and Interviews

Thomas, S., Pulman, A., Thomas, P. W., Collard, S., Jiang, N., Dogan, H., Smith, A. D., Hourihan, S., Roberts, F., Kersten, P., Pretty, K., Miller, J. K., Stanley, K. & Gay, M-C., 22 May 2019, In : JMIR Formative Research . 21, 5, p. 1-16 e10951.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Incidence and outcomes of major trauma in New Zealand: findings from a feasibility study of New Zealand’s first national trauma registry

    Czuba, K. J., Kersten, P., Anstiss, D., Kayes, N., Gabbe, B., Civil, I., Kool, B., Terry, G., Smith, G., Rohan, M. & Siegert, R., 3 May 2019, In : New Zealand Medical Journal. 132, 1494, p. 26-40 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • MS Energize: Field trial of an app for self-management of fatigue for people with multiple sclerosis

    Babbage, D., Van Kessel, K., Drown, J., Thomas, S., Sezier, A., Thomas, P. W. & Kersten, P., 9 Nov 2019, In : Internet Interventions. 18, 100291.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Optimizing the real-world impact of rehabilitation reviews: increasing the relevance and usability of systematic reviews in rehabilitation

    Kayes, N. M., Martin, R., Bright, F., Kersten, P. & Pollock, A., 30 Jun 2019, In : European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 55, 3, p. 331-341 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • The Nijmegen Questionnaire: a valid measure for hyperventilation

    Li Ogilvie, V., Kayes, N. & Kersten, P., 30 Nov 2019, In : New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy. 47, 3, p. 160-171

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access