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Paula Kersten


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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.


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Southampton

Master, University of Southampton



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

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Research Output 2010 2019

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

Olds, M., Ellis, R., Parmar, P. & Kersten, P., 12 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Occupational Therapy
Randomized Controlled Trials
Self Concept

Developing a comprehensive framework of community integration for people with acquired brain injury: a conceptual analysis

Shaikh, N. M., Kersten, P., Siegert, R. & Theadom, A., 6 Mar 2018

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Community Integration
Brain Injuries

Development of a toolkit to enhance care processes for people with a long-term neurological condition: A qualitative descriptive study

Sezier, A., Mudge, S., Kayes, N., Kersten, P., Payne, D., Harwood, M., Potter, E., Smith, G. & McPherson, K. M., 30 Jun 2018, 8, 6, e022038.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Making sense of recovery after traumatic brain injury through a peer mentoring intervention: a qualitative exploration

Kersten, P., Cummins, C., Kayes, N., Babbage, D., Elder, H., Foster, A., Weatherall, M., Siegert, R., Smith, G. & McPherson, K., 10 Oct 2018, 8, 13 p., e020672.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Traumatic Brain Injury