Leigh A. Hale, PhD, FNZCP
Professor Leigh Hale is the Dean of the School of Physiotherapy / Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and went on to attain her MSc (Neurorehabilitation) and PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)(South Africa). Professor Hale worked as clinical physiotherapist in all areas of physiotherapy before pursuing an academic career. After teaching neurorehabilitation at the Department of Physiotherapy at Wits for ten years, she moved to the University of Otago in 2000. Professor Hale primarily researches in the area of community-based physiotherapeutic rehabilitation for people living with disability and with neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease. Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and focusses on how physiotherapists can enable people to optimally live healthy and engaging lives. She has over 120 peer reviewed publications and five book chapters, and is the principal investigator on two Health Research Council (NZ) project grants.