Catherine Dean


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1992 …2019
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Professor Catherine Dean is a physiotherapist with a full-time academic appointment with teaching research and administrative responsibilities. In 2011 Professor Dean moved to Macquarie University in a key appointment for the University’s expansion in health and medicine. She was appointed the inaugural Head of the Department of Health Professions and has established NSW’s first professional entry Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) degree.    In 2014, she received the Executive Dean’s Service Award for engaging students and the community in establishing the Discipline of Physiotherapy and in 2015 led the DPT teaching team which was awarded the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences excellence in teaching award.  In 2017, she was appointed Deputy Dean of The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Prior to her Macquarie University appointment, Professor Dean worked as an academic with teaching, administrative and research responsibilities at the University of Sydney for 20 years. Her research interests are developing and testing of rehabilitation strategies to increase activity and participation after stroke, translating evidence into practice and clinical education. She has published in leading journals such as Stroke, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain. She has been awarded over $5.8 million in grants for research and education. Professor Catherine Dean’s research has changed physiotherapy practice in stroke rehabilitation. Professor Dean’s research findings have been integrated into national and international clinical practice guidelines, such as the NHMRC-approved Clinical Guidelines on the Management of Stroke and featured on the Canadian Stroke Network StrokeEngine site. 

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Projects 2011 2018

Research Output 1992 2019

Early surveillance is associated with less incidence and severity of breast cancer–related lymphedema compared with a traditional referral model of care

Koelmeyer, L. A., Borotkanics, R. J., Alcorso, J., Prah, P., Winch, C. J., Nakhel, K., Dean, C. M. & Boyages, J., 15 Mar 2019, In : Cancer. 125, 6, p. 854-862 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Spectrum Analysis
Referral and Consultation
Health Services

Observations of activity levels in a purpose-built, inpatient, rehabilitation facility

Scrivener, K., Pocovi, N., Jones, T., Dean, B., Gallagher, S., Henrisson, W., Thorburn, M. & Dean, C., 6 Feb 2019, In : Health Environments Research and Design Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Facility Design and Construction
Confidence Intervals

Dual-task walking performance in older persons with hearing impairment: implications for interventions from a preliminary observational study

Wollesen, B., Scrivener, K., Soles, K., Billy, Y., Leung, A., Martin, F., Iconomou, N., McMahon, C. & Dean, C., 2018, In : Ear and Hearing. 39, 2, p. 337-343 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Persons With Hearing Impairments
Task Performance and Analysis
Observational Studies
Hearing Loss

Embedding the IASP pain curriculum into a 3-year pre-licensure physical therapy program: redesigning pain education for future clinicians

Hush, J. M., Nicholas, M. & Dean, C. M., 1 Mar 2018, In : Pain Reports. 3, 2, p. 1-7 7 p., e645.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

From acute to persistent low back pain: a longitudinal investigation of somatosensory changes using quantitative sensory testing - an exploratory study

Marcuzzi, A., Wrigley, P., Dean, C. M., Graham, P. & Hush, J., Mar 2018, In : Pain Reports. 3, 2, p. 1-10 10 p., e641.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Low Back Pain
Pain Threshold

Activities 2015 2017

  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Oral presentation

Evidence: who needs it? (I already know what I am doing)

Taryn Jones (Speaker), C.M Dean (Speaker), Louise Ada (Speaker), Catherine Granger (Speaker)
20 Oct 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Physical activity behaviour change – How can we support this better?

Taryn Jones (Speaker), C.M Dean (Speaker)
18 Oct 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

“Happy People”: a pre-program snapshot of Australian telecommunication retail staff

Taryn Jones (Speaker), Anna-Louise Bouvier (Speaker), C.M Dean (Speaker)
25 Nov 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Self-management of physical activity after ABI.

Taryn Jones (Speaker), C.M Dean (Speaker)
5 Oct 2015

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk