Catherine Dean


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1992 …2020

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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, falls prevention, translating evidence into practice and clinical education.  While Professor Dean has primarily worked with people after stroke, she has also worked with people with Parkinson's Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Back Pain and hearing impairment. She has published in leading journals such as Stroke, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain and Ear and Hearing. She has been awarded over $7 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 2017 and featured on the Canadian Stroke Network StrokeEngine site. 

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Research Outputs

Active and sedentary bouts in people after stroke and healthy controls: an observational study

Hassett, L., Ada, L., Hellweg, S., Paul, S., Alzahrani, M. & Dean, C., 1 Jul 2020, In : Physiotherapy Research International. 25, 3, p. 1-7 7 p., e1845.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Management of acute low back pain: the practices and perspectives of primary care clinicians in Australia

    Ahern, M., Dean, C. M., Dear, B. F., Willcock, S. M. & Hush, J. M., Jun 2020, In : Australian Journal of Primary Health. 26, 3, p. 256-264 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Stepping On after Stroke falls-prevention programme for community stroke survivors in Singapore: a feasibility study

    Xu, T., Clemson, L., O’Loughlin, K., Lannin, N., Dean, C. M. & Koh, G., 3 Sep 2020, In : British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Activities

    • 7 Invited talk
    • 3 Oral presentation
    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...


    Catherine Dean (Keynote speaker)
    12 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Leading Innovations in Health Care & Education

    Catherine Dean (Participant)
    10 Jun 201815 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    A framework for becoming an extraordinary leader

    Catherine Dean (Keynote speaker)
    27 Aug 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    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