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

Developing a falls prevention program for community-dwelling stroke survivors in Singapore: client and caregiver perspectives

Xu, T., O’Loughlin, K., Clemson, L., Lannin, N. A., Dean, C. & Koh, G., 24 Apr 2019, In : Disability and Rehabilitation. 41, 9, p. 1044-1054 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Independent Living

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

Identifying factors associated with sedentary time after stroke. Secondary analysis of pooled data from nine primary studies.

Hendrickx, W., Riveros, C., Askim, T., Bussmann, J. B. J., Callisaya, M. L., Chastin, S. F. M., Dean, C. M., Ezeugwu, V. E., Jones, T. M., Kuys, S. S., Mahendran, N., Manns, T. J., Mead, G., Moore, S. A., Paul, L., Pisters, M. F., Saunders, D. H., Simpson, D. B., Tieges, Z., Verschuren, O. & 1 othersEnglish, C., 26 Apr 2019, In : Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Independent Living

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

Perceptions about the implementation of physiotherapist prescribing in Australia: a national survey of Australian physiotherapists

Noblet, T. D., Marriott, J. F., Jones, T., Dean, C. & Rushton, A. B., 17 May 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 5, p. 1-14 14 p., 024991.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Physical Therapists
Numbers Needed To Treat
Surveys and Questionnaires
Clinical Governance

Activities 2015 2017

  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Oral presentation

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

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

“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