Dr Debra Shirley

Senior Lecturer, Physiotherapy

Member of the Charles Perkins Centre

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
Chronic low back pain, physical activity and the role of shared familial factors Joshua ZADRO

Themes

Musculoskeletal Health

Selected grants

2017

  • Student Leadership OLE (Open Learning Environment - Undergraduate); Lewis S, Shirley D, Bell A, Lincoln M, Sakhaee E, Johinke R, Burgess A, Keep M, Zeric M, Choi C, Anderson L, Morr J, Teague M, Rodrigo D; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

2016

  • 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.
  • Implementation of an interactive teaching peer review electronic system; Reed W, Shirley D, Smith-Merry J, Thomson K, Hendry G; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

2015

  • 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

  • Peer Evaluation of Teaching in FHS; Shirley D, Thomson K, Reed W, Smith-Merry J; University of Sydney/Educational Innovation Grant.
  • SSEAC Cluster Research grant 2014; Refshauge K, Shirley D, Robinson B, Tapia K, Moloney N, Huu Tu N, Thi Kim Chuc N, Van Giang B, Lee W; Sydney Southeast Asia Centre/Research Grant.
  • Decreasing Sedentary Behaviour in Students; Shirley D, Mackey M; University of Sydney/Healthy Sydney University Seed Funding.
  • 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.
  • Peer Evaluation of Teaching in FHS; Shirley D, Smith-Merry J, Reed W, Thomson K; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

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

  • Zadro, J., Shirley, D., Amorim, A., Perez-Riquelme, F., Ordonana, J., Ferreira, P. (2017). Are people with chronic low back pain meeting the physical activity guidelines? A co-twin control study. The Spine Journal, 17(6), 845-854. [More Information]
  • Zadro, J., Shirley, D., De Barros Pinheiro, M., Sanchez-Romera, J., Perez-Riquelme, F., Ordonana, J., Ferreira, P. (2017). Does educational attainment increase the risk of low back pain when genetics is considered? A population-based study of Spanish twins. The Spine Journal, 17(4), 518-530. [More Information]
  • Zadro, J., Shirley, D., Sanchez-Romera, J., Ordonana, J., Ferreira, P. (2017). Does familial aggregation of chronic low back pain affect recovery? A population-based twin study. Spine, 42(17), 1295-1301. [More Information]
  • Zadro, J., Shirley, D., Ferreira, M., Moura Campos Carvalho Silva, A., Lamb, S., Cooper, C., Ferreira, P. (2017). Mapping the association between vitamin D and low back pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. Pain Physician, 20(7), 611-640.
  • Zadro, J., Shirley, D., De Barros Pinheiro, M., Bauman, A., Duncan, G., Ferreira, P. (2017). Neighborhood walkability moderates the association between low back pain and physical activity: A co-twin control study. Preventive Medicine, 99(2017), 257-263. [More Information]
  • Bay, J., Hipkins, R., Siddiqi, K., Huque, R., Dixon, R., Shirley, D., Tairea, K., Yaqona, D., Mason-Jones, A., Vickers, M. (2017). School-based primary NCD risk reduction: Education and public health perspectives. Health Promotion International, 32(2), 369-379. [More Information]
  • Zadro, J., Shirley, D., Andrade, T., Scurrah, K., Bauman, A., Ferreira, P. (2017). The beneficial effects of physical activity: is it down to your genes? A systematic review and meta-analysis of twin and family studies. Sports Medicine - Open, 3, 1-19. [More Information]
  • Zadro, J., Shirley, D., Simic, M., Mousavi, S., Ceprnja, D., Maka, K., Ferreira, P. (2017). Video-game based exercises for older people with chronic low back pain: A protocol for a feasibility randomised controlled trial (the GAMEBACK trial). Physiotherapy, 103(2), 146-153. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Gale, J., Chau, J., Hardy, L., Mackey, M., Johnson, N., Shirley, D., Bauman, A. (2017). Who is at risk of chronic disease? Associations between risk profiles of physical activity, sitting and cardio-metabolic disease in Australian adults. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(2), 178-183. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Rebbeck, T., Desa, V., Shirley, D., Clarke, J., Leaver, A. (2016). Deep cervical extensor muscle thickness increases under contraction and can be measured reliably in the clinic using video real time ultrasound. IFOMPT 2016 (meeting of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists).
  • 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.

2017

  • Zadro, J., Shirley, D., Amorim, A., Perez-Riquelme, F., Ordonana, J., Ferreira, P. (2017). Are people with chronic low back pain meeting the physical activity guidelines? A co-twin control study. The Spine Journal, 17(6), 845-854. [More Information]
  • Zadro, J., Shirley, D., De Barros Pinheiro, M., Sanchez-Romera, J., Perez-Riquelme, F., Ordonana, J., Ferreira, P. (2017). Does educational attainment increase the risk of low back pain when genetics is considered? A population-based study of Spanish twins. The Spine Journal, 17(4), 518-530. [More Information]
  • Zadro, J., Shirley, D., Sanchez-Romera, J., Ordonana, J., Ferreira, P. (2017). Does familial aggregation of chronic low back pain affect recovery? A population-based twin study. Spine, 42(17), 1295-1301. [More Information]
  • Zadro, J., Shirley, D., Ferreira, M., Moura Campos Carvalho Silva, A., Lamb, S., Cooper, C., Ferreira, P. (2017). Mapping the association between vitamin D and low back pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. Pain Physician, 20(7), 611-640.
  • Zadro, J., Shirley, D., De Barros Pinheiro, M., Bauman, A., Duncan, G., Ferreira, P. (2017). Neighborhood walkability moderates the association between low back pain and physical activity: A co-twin control study. Preventive Medicine, 99(2017), 257-263. [More Information]
  • Bay, J., Hipkins, R., Siddiqi, K., Huque, R., Dixon, R., Shirley, D., Tairea, K., Yaqona, D., Mason-Jones, A., Vickers, M. (2017). School-based primary NCD risk reduction: Education and public health perspectives. Health Promotion International, 32(2), 369-379. [More Information]
  • Zadro, J., Shirley, D., Andrade, T., Scurrah, K., Bauman, A., Ferreira, P. (2017). The beneficial effects of physical activity: is it down to your genes? A systematic review and meta-analysis of twin and family studies. Sports Medicine - Open, 3, 1-19. [More Information]
  • Zadro, J., Shirley, D., Simic, M., Mousavi, S., Ceprnja, D., Maka, K., Ferreira, P. (2017). Video-game based exercises for older people with chronic low back pain: A protocol for a feasibility randomised controlled trial (the GAMEBACK trial). Physiotherapy, 103(2), 146-153. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Gale, J., Chau, J., Hardy, L., Mackey, M., Johnson, N., Shirley, D., Bauman, A. (2017). Who is at risk of chronic disease? Associations between risk profiles of physical activity, sitting and cardio-metabolic disease in Australian adults. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(2), 178-183. [More Information]

2016

  • Rebbeck, T., Desa, V., Shirley, D., Clarke, J., Leaver, A. (2016). Deep cervical extensor muscle thickness increases under contraction and can be measured reliably in the clinic using video real time ultrasound. IFOMPT 2016 (meeting of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists).

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. [More Information]
  • 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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