Paula Kersten

Paula Kersten

Job Title

Associate Professor Rehabilitation


I qualified as a physiotherapist in the Netherlands in 1988 and have worked for many years in the UK. I completed both my MSc Rehabilitation and PhD at the University of Southampton (UK) and have worked as an academic since 1994. In January 2011 I joined AUT University as an Associate Professor in Rehabilitation. My research focuses on the evaluation of the rehabilitation process and outcome measurement. Recently, I have completed a definitive randomised controlled trial on the management of fatigue in MS using CBT approaches (funded by the UK MS Society), a pilot trial on secondary prevention after TIA (funded by the UK Physiotherapy Research Foundation) and a feasibility trial on implementation intentions as a supportive strategy for mobility enhancing activities in stroke and MS. I lead the Outcomes Research Cluster at the Person Centred Research Centre and publish widely on projects that have evaluated commonly used outcome measures such as the Visual Analogue Scale and the WOMAC. Currently, I am leading a project that aims to evaluate a screening tool that is used to evaluate the emotional and behavioural wellbeing of pre-schoolers, using both qualitative and quantitative approaches. This project is funded by the Ministry of Health. Alongside my research I have developed and delivered postgraduate programmes, supervised MSc and PhD students to completion and provided leadership to a wide range of nursing and allied health postgraduate programmes.

  • New ways of working in rehabilitation
  • Measurement of meaningful outcomes
  • Clinical design