Kathryn McPherson

Kathryn McPherson

Job Title

Professor of Rehabilitation, Director of the Person Centered Research Centre, Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute


Dr Kathryn McPherson, is Professor of Rehabilitation (Laura Fergusson Chair) at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. Kath has a clinical background in nursing, training in Australia before moving to the United Kingdom to study midwifery and Health Visiting and then a psychology degree and PhD, in Edinburgh. Prior to her current appointment, she held academic posts at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Otago (New Zealand) and the University of Southampton. She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton and at King's College London. Kath's research focus is on: investigating outcomes in ways that matter most to people with chronic conditions (both conceptual and psychometric issues); improving effectiveness of rehabilitation processes such as goals and goal setting and teamwork; clinical decision making in rehabilitation; and rehabilitation workforce development. Most of her clinical and research work has been focused on neurological rehabilitation (with people after stroke or traumatic brain injury) but she has also explored such issues with people who have rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain or life threatening illness. Kath has been an Associate Editor with the BMJ group journal Quality and Safety in Healthcare since 2001. She is also on the Editorial Board of Disability and Rehabilitation, Clinical Rehabilitation and the International Journal of Nursing Studies.


Neurorehabilitation, measuring what matters in rehabilitation, informing rehabilitation by psychological approaches, quality of life, goal setting, promoting engagement in rehabilitation, promoting participation, understanding the experience of disability, theory in rehabilitation, the ICF. Kath uses both qualitative and quantitative approaches as required.