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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

Master, University of Southampton



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

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Multiple Sclerosis Medicine & Life Sciences
Fatigue Medicine & Life Sciences
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Occupational Therapy Medicine & Life Sciences
Morus Medicine & Life Sciences
Shoulder Dislocation Medicine & Life Sciences
Rehabilitation Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2018 2021

Research Output 2010 2019

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Multiple Sclerosis
Referral and Consultation
Delivery of Health Care

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Feasibility Studies
New Zealand
Wounds and Injuries

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Translational Medical Research
Evidence-Based Practice

Who will redislocate his/her shoulder? Predicting recurrent instability following a first traumatic anterior shoulder dislocation

Olds, M., Ellis, R., Parmar, P. & Kersten, P., 7 Mar 2019, In : BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine. 5, 1, e000447.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Shoulder Dislocation
Logistic Models
New Zealand

Cluster-randomised controlled trial of an occupational therapy intervention for children aged 11-13 years, designed to increase participation in order to prevent symptoms of mental illness

Tokolahi, E., Vandal, A. C., Kersten, P., Pearson, J. & Hocking, C., 24 Mar 2018, In : Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Occupational Therapy
Randomized Controlled Trials
Self Concept