Dr Debra Shirley

Senior Lecturer, Physiotherapy

C43O - O Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 9177
Fax +61 2 9351 9601

Website Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders

Current research students

Project title Research student
The effectiveness of an online physical activity intervention and usual physiotherapy care, compared to usual care on pain and disability in patients of medium risk with low back pain. Hosam ALZAHRANI
Physical activity interventions for chronic low back pain: the role of genetics Joshua ZADRO

Themes

Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences

Selected grants

2015

  • The metabolic benefits of increased physical activity and reduced sedentary behaviour in the office-based workplace; Stamatakis E, Mackey M, Bauman A, Pappas E, Edwards K, Shirley D, Chau J, Engelen L; Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation/Research Grant.
  • Sustaining healthy working-life: applying new technologies to unlock solutions to chronic disease associated sedentary behaviour; Mackey M, Stamatakis E, Pappas E, Shirley D, Halaki M, Burns J, Simic M; Ian Potter Foundation/Medical Research.

2014

  • SSEAC Cluster Research grant 2014; Refshauge K, Shirley D, Burns J, Robinson B, Tapia K, Moloney N, Huu Tu N, Thi Kim Chuc N, Van Giang B, Lee W; Sydney Southeast Asia Centre/Research Grant.
  • Workplace Physical Activity Collaboration: Faculty of Health Sciences Collaborative Grants 2014; Stamatakis E, Mackey M, Bauman A, Shirley D, Refshauge K, Pappas E, Edwards K, Kay J, Chau J, Nicholas M, Chow C; University of Sydney/Internal Scheme.
  • Decreasing Sedentary Behaviour in Students; Shirley D, Mackey M; University of Sydney/Healthy Sydney University Seed Funding.

2012

  • Sit-Stand Workstation Pilot; Mackey M, Leaver A, Rooney K, Chau J, Shirley D, Daley M; National Heart Foundation of Australia/Research Support.

2009

  • Predictors of groin strain injury in players across four football codes; Shirley D, Nicholson L; New South Wales Sporting Injuries Committee/Research and Injury Prevention Scheme.

2007

  • Sportstec Trak Performance; Sportstec Sportscode-Pro; Wacom grphire4 Education pack; Bundy A, Ada L, Baur L, Davis G, Shirley D, Canning C; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Equipment Grants.
  • Does the ability to recruit the deep abdominal muscle transversus abdominis predict response to motor conrol exercise for people with chronic low back pain; Shirley D; Physiotherapy Research Foundation/Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Refshauge, K., Parry, S., Shirley, D., Larsen, D., Boland, R., Rivett, D. (2002). Professional responsibility means responding professionally. Response to comment by Jull et al. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 48(3), 183-185.

Conferences

  • Kim, M., Stevenson, M., Simpson, A., Chan, A., Johnson, R., Pollard, N., Raymond, J., Shirley, D., Harvey, A., James, B., Szenes, E. (2014). Assessment: Engaging with communication standards. Sydney Teaching Colloquium, Sydney: The University of Sydney.
  • Shirley, D., van der Ploeg, H., Bauman, A. (2013). Physical activity promotion by physiotherapists: a systematic review. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Lindsey, R., Leaver, A., Crosbie, J., Rebbeck, T., Shirley, D. (2013). Reliability of cervical spine passive physiological intervertebral movements: a protocol for evaulating reliability using 3-D motion analysis. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Lindsey, R., Leaver, A., Crosbie, J., Rebbeck, T., Shirley, D. (2013). Reliability of cervical spine PPIVM: a protocol for evaluating reliability using 3-D motion analysis. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Nicholson, L., Turner, A., Colagiuri, P., Shirley, D., Adams, R. (2011). Predictors of groin and lower limb injury across 4 codes of football. APA Physiotherapy Conference 2011, NA.
  • Shirley, D., Lee, M., Ellis, E., O'Dwyer, N. (2002). Muscle activity and lumbar PA stiffness: is there a relationship? VIIth International Physiotherapy Congress, Sydney: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Shirley, D., Hodges, P., Eriksson, A., Gandevia, S. (2002). Spinal stiffness changes throughout the respiratory cycle. From Cell to Society 3, Sydney: The College of Health Sciences.

2014

  • Kim, M., Stevenson, M., Simpson, A., Chan, A., Johnson, R., Pollard, N., Raymond, J., Shirley, D., Harvey, A., James, B., Szenes, E. (2014). Assessment: Engaging with communication standards. Sydney Teaching Colloquium, Sydney: The University of Sydney.

2013

  • Shirley, D., van der Ploeg, H., Bauman, A. (2013). Physical activity promotion by physiotherapists: a systematic review. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Lindsey, R., Leaver, A., Crosbie, J., Rebbeck, T., Shirley, D. (2013). Reliability of cervical spine passive physiological intervertebral movements: a protocol for evaulating reliability using 3-D motion analysis. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Lindsey, R., Leaver, A., Crosbie, J., Rebbeck, T., Shirley, D. (2013). Reliability of cervical spine PPIVM: a protocol for evaluating reliability using 3-D motion analysis. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.

2011

  • Nicholson, L., Turner, A., Colagiuri, P., Shirley, D., Adams, R. (2011). Predictors of groin and lower limb injury across 4 codes of football. APA Physiotherapy Conference 2011, NA.

2002

  • Shirley, D., Lee, M., Ellis, E., O'Dwyer, N. (2002). Muscle activity and lumbar PA stiffness: is there a relationship? VIIth International Physiotherapy Congress, Sydney: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Refshauge, K., Parry, S., Shirley, D., Larsen, D., Boland, R., Rivett, D. (2002). Professional responsibility means responding professionally. Response to comment by Jull et al. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 48(3), 183-185.
  • Shirley, D., Hodges, P., Eriksson, A., Gandevia, S. (2002). Spinal stiffness changes throughout the respiratory cycle. From Cell to Society 3, Sydney: The College of Health Sciences.

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