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Professor Barbara Singer

Professor Neurological Rehabilitation Course Co-ordinator

Staff Member Details
Email: b.singer@ecu.edu.au
ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2965-705X

Barbara is a Professor in the School of Medical and Health Sciences. She is Unit Coordinator for three units within the Neurological Rehabilitation post graduate programs:

  • NRB6100 Understanding Neurological Rehabilitation
  • NRB6105 Neural Plasticity - Implications for Neurological Rehabilitation; and
  • NRB6240 - Applied Neurorehabilitation Practice.

Current Teaching

Barbara currently teaches in:

  • NRB6100 Understanding Neurological Rehabilitation; and
  • NRB6105 Neural Plasticity - Implications for Neurological Rehabilitation.

Background

Barbara is an APA Neurological Physiotherapist and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (Original Contribution). She has over thirty years of clinical and academic experience in neurological rehabilitation. She previously ran a post graduate program in neurological rehabilitation at the University of Western Australia (2004-16).

Current areas of research include the management of spasticity for people with acquired brain injury, self management support for people with long term neurological conditions, measuring outcomes in neurological rehabilitation, interventions to improve improve recovery of arm function after acquired brain injury, predicting outcomes of rehabilitation for people with lateropulsion (pusher syndrome) and facilitating more efficient referral to rehabilitation in local health jurisdictions in Western Australia.

She is a Principal Investigator on the Systematic Profiling in Neurological Conditions program within the School of Medical and Health Sciences at ECU.

She is an Editorial Board member for Disability & Rehabilitation (Taylor & Francis, UK), and the New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy.

Professional Associations

  • Member, Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Vice President, Australian College of Physiotherapists

Awards and Recognition

  • 2010 WA Branch President’s Award – ‘Service to the profession’ (Australian Physiotherapy Association)
  • 2011 WA Branch Award for Excellence for ‘Education’ (Australian Physiotherapy Association)
  • 2011 Post Graduate Teaching award (Faculty Medicine, Dentistry & Health Science, UWA)
  • 2013 Nominee - PG Teaching award (Faculty Medicine, Dentistry & Health Science, UWA)
  • 2014 Nominee - PG Teaching award (Faculty Medicine, Dentistry & Health Science, UWA)
  • 2016 Nominee - PG Teaching award (Faculty Medicine, Dentistry & Health Science, UWA)

Research Areas and Interests

Rehabilitation outcomes, spasticity management, customing treatment programs for people with neurological rehabilitation conditions.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2003.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences, Curtin University of Technology, 1988.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Williams, G., Singer, B., Ashford, S., Brian, H., Hastings-Ison, T., Fheodoroff, K., Berwick, S., Sutherland, E., Hill, B. (2020). A synthesis and appraisal of clinical practice guidelines, consensus statements and Cochrane systematic reviews for the management of focal spasticity in adults and children. Disability and Rehabilitation, 2020(Article in press), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2020.1769207.
  • Etherton-Beer, C., Lui, Y., Radalj, M., Vallence, A., Singer, B. (2020). Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation to Optimise Participation in Stroke Rehabilitation – A Sham-Controlled Cross-Over Feasibility Study. Neuroscience Insights, 15(May 2020), 4p.. https://doi.org/10.1177/2633105520922181.

Journal Articles

  • Jackson, S., Mercer, C., Singer, B. (2018). An exploration of factors influencing physical activity levels amongst a cohort of people living in the community after stroke in the south of England. Disability and Rehabilitation, 40(4), 414-424. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2016.1258437.
  • Singer, B., Jones, F., Lennon, S. (2018). Adapting the Bridges stroke self-management programme for use in Australia. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 25(8), 414-423. https://doi.org/10.12968/ijtr.2018.25.8.414.
  • Williams, S., Singer, B., Lamont, P. (2018). Balance and falls in people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease: A cohort survey. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 25(1), 6-12. https://doi.org/10.12968/ijtr.2018.25.1.6.

Journal Articles

  • Garcia-Vega, J., Gregory, G., Lind, C., Singer, B. (2016). Development of a consensus approach to upper limb rehabilitation early post stroke amongst a cohort of Western Australian therapists. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 44(3), 133-147. https://doi.org/10.15619/NZJP/44.3.03.
  • Nehyba, K., Miller, S., Connaughton, J., Singer, B. (2016). Assessing student clinical learning experiences. The Clinical Teacher, 14(4), 247-250. https://doi.org/10.1111/tct.12557.
  • Kraut, J., Singer, B., Singer, K. (2016). Clinician and client views of utilising early supported discharge services. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 23(10), 464-471. https://doi.org/10.12968/ijtr.2016.23.10.464.

Journal Articles

  • Turner-Stokes, L., Rose, H., Ashford, S., Singer, B. (2015). Patient engagement and satisfaction with goal planning: Impact on outcome from rehabilitation. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 22(5), 210-216. https://doi.org/10.12968/ijtr.2015.22.5.210.
  • Singer, B., Silbert, B., Silbert, P., Singer, K. (2015). The role of botulinum toxin type A in the clinical management of refractory anterior knee pain. Toxins, 7(9), 3388-3404. https://doi.org/10.3390/toxins7093388.
  • Calame, A., Singer, B. (2015). Inter- and Intra-Rater Reliability of the Australian Spasticity Assessment Scale in Adults with Acquired Brain Injury. Open Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 3(2015), 77-86. https://doi.org/10.4236/ojtr.2015.33011.

Journal Articles

  • Kraut, J., Singer, B., Singer, K. (2014). Referrer and service provider beliefs and attitudes towards rehabilitation in the home; Factors related to utilisation of Early Supported Discharge. Disability and Rehabilitation, 36(25), 2178-2186. https://doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2014.893373.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Medical and Health Science by Research, Modified constraint-induced movement therapy in stroke: A process evaluation of implementation within an early-supported discharge rehabilitation service

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: The impact of acute burn oedema: validation of outcome measures of recovery in adults
  • Master of Health: Physiotherapy student learning experiences on clinical placement

Co-ordinating Supervisor

  • Master of Neurological Rehabilitation: Measurement of HRQoL in Home Based Community Rehabilitation
  • Master of Neurological Rehabilitation: An exploration of factors influencing physical activity levels in people living in the community after stroke
  • Master of Neurological Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation in the Home: an exploration of attitudes, perceptions and beliefs of referrers, consumers and service providers
  • Master of Neurological Rehabilitation: A Repeated single case study pilot investigation combining EMG-FES and splinting to improve upper limb function in subacute stroke patients
  • Master of Neurological Rehabilitation: A pilot investigation of the safety and feasibility of the application of cathodal tDCS to the contralesional hemisphere plus standard upper limb rehabilitation post-acute stroke
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