Catherine Dean


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1992 …2018
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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 2018

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 journalArticle

Persons With Hearing Impairments
Task Performance and Analysis
Observational Studies
Hearing Loss
Open Access
Open Access
Low Back Pain
Pain Threshold

Risk factors for falls in community stroke survivors: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Xu, T., Clemson, L., O’Loughlin, K., Lannin, N., Dean, C. & Koh, G. Mar 2018 In : Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 99, 3, p. 563-573.e5 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals

Therapists’ perspectives on adapting the Stepping On falls prevention programme for community-dwelling stroke survivors in Singapore

Xu, T., O’loughlin, K., Clemson, L., Lannin, N. A., Koh, G. & Dean, C. 14 May 2018 In : Disability and Rehabilitation. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Independent Living

Activities 2015 2017

  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Oral presentation

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

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

Activity: Invited talk

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

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

Activity: Oral presentation

Self-management of physical activity after ABI.

Jones, T. (Speaker), Dean, C. (Speaker)
5 Oct 2015

Activity: Invited talk