Dr Niamh Moloney

PhD, M.Manip.Ther, B. Physio (Hons)
Lecturer, Physiotherapy

C43O - O Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 9266
Fax +61 2 9351 9278

Website Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders

Biographical details

Dr Niamh Moloney received her physiotherapy degree from University College Dublin, followed by a master's degree in manipulative therapy from Curtin University of Technology, Perth. She completed her PhD in University College Dublin before moving to Sydney in 2012.Dr Moloney's keen focus is the integration of clinical pain sciences in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. This is largely driven from 12 years of clinical practice in the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and chronic pain management.Dr Moloney has also been involved in the professional development of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and has held positions such as the Chairperson of the Chartered Physiotherapists in Musculoskeletal Therapy special interest group (Ireland) and Irish representative to the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therappy. She has previously taught on the MSc in Neuro-musculoskeletal physiotherapy programme in University College Dublin (2005-2011).

Research interests

Dr Moloney's main research interests relate to the exploration of pathophysiology of pain, particularly in work related upper limb disorders and neck pain. Her current research investigates the processes underpinning sensory hypersensitivity in musculoskeletal disorders including the role of psychosocial factors. She is a member of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Research Group in the Faculty of Health Sciences and is involved in collaborations with national and international researchers.

Teaching and supervision

Teaching: Musculoskeletal E/5; Musculoskeletal F; Physiotherapy, Healthcare and SocietyUnit of study co-ordination: Musculoskeletal F; Musculoskeletal component of Physiotherapy, Healthcare and Society ServiceStudent Liaison Academic for Graduate Entry Masters, Year 2.

Themes

Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Huebscher, M., Moloney, N., Rebbeck, T., Refshauge, K. (2014). Contributions of Mood, Pain Catastrophizing and Cold Hyperalgesia in Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain - A Comparison With Pain-Free Controls. Clinical Journal of Pain, Epub ahead of print(18 Oct 2013).
  • Huebscher, M., Moloney, N., Leaver, A., Rebbeck, T., McAuley, J., Refshauge, K. (2013). Relationship between quantitative sensory testing and pain or disability in people with spinal pain - A systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain, 154(9), 1497-1504. [More Information]
  • Moloney, N., Hall, T., Doody, C. (2013). Sensory Hyperalgesia is Characteristic of Nonspecific Arm Pain: A Comparison With Cervical Radiculopathy and Pain-Free Controls. Clinical Journal of Pain, 29(11), 948-956. [More Information]
  • Moloney, N., Hall, T., Doody, C. (2012). Reliability of thermal quantitative sensory testing: A systematic review. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 49(2), 191-208. [More Information]
  • Moloney, N., Hall, T., Doody, C. (2011). Pathophysiology of non-specific arm pain. Physical Therapy Reviews, 16(5), 321-330. [More Information]
  • Moloney, N., Hall, T., O'Sullivan, T., Doody, C. (2011). Reliability of thermal quantitative sensory testing on the hand in a cohort of young healthy adults. Muscle and Nerve, 44(4), 547-552. [More Information]
  • Moloney, N., Hall, T., Doody, C. (2010). An investigation of somatosensory profiles in work related upper limb disorders: A case controlled observational study protocol. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 11(22). [More Information]
  • O’Sullivan, P., Dankaerts, W., Burnett, A., Straker, L., Bargon, G., Moloney, N., Perry, M., Tsang, S. (2006). Lumbopelvic Kinematics and Trunk Muscle Activity During Sitting on Stable and Unstable Surfaces. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 36(1), 19-25. [More Information]
  • Moloney, N. (2005). Temporomandibular dysfunction: A Review. Physiotherapy Ireland, 26(2), 17-22.

Conferences

  • Mousavi, S., Refshauge, K., Ferreira, P., Moloney, N. (2013). A comprehensive review on the methodology of motor control studies in patients with low back pain. 8th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Pain, Dubai.
  • Moloney, N. (2012). An investigation of somatosensory profiles in work related upper limb disorders: Preliminary results. Global Forum, Dublin.
  • Moloney, N. (2010). Reliability and Clinical Utility of Quantitative Sensory Testing. NOI Conference, Nottingham.
  • Moloney, N. (2010). Reliability of Quantitative Sensory Testing. RTRS Symposium, Dublin.
  • Moloney, N. (2010). Reliability of Quantitative sensory testing: a systematic review. Irish Pain Society Conference, Dublin.

2014

  • Huebscher, M., Moloney, N., Rebbeck, T., Refshauge, K. (2014). Contributions of Mood, Pain Catastrophizing and Cold Hyperalgesia in Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain - A Comparison With Pain-Free Controls. Clinical Journal of Pain, Epub ahead of print(18 Oct 2013).

2013

  • Mousavi, S., Refshauge, K., Ferreira, P., Moloney, N. (2013). A comprehensive review on the methodology of motor control studies in patients with low back pain. 8th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Pain, Dubai.
  • Huebscher, M., Moloney, N., Leaver, A., Rebbeck, T., McAuley, J., Refshauge, K. (2013). Relationship between quantitative sensory testing and pain or disability in people with spinal pain - A systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain, 154(9), 1497-1504. [More Information]
  • Moloney, N., Hall, T., Doody, C. (2013). Sensory Hyperalgesia is Characteristic of Nonspecific Arm Pain: A Comparison With Cervical Radiculopathy and Pain-Free Controls. Clinical Journal of Pain, 29(11), 948-956. [More Information]

2012

  • Moloney, N. (2012). An investigation of somatosensory profiles in work related upper limb disorders: Preliminary results. Global Forum, Dublin.
  • Moloney, N., Hall, T., Doody, C. (2012). Reliability of thermal quantitative sensory testing: A systematic review. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 49(2), 191-208. [More Information]

2011

  • Moloney, N., Hall, T., Doody, C. (2011). Pathophysiology of non-specific arm pain. Physical Therapy Reviews, 16(5), 321-330. [More Information]
  • Moloney, N., Hall, T., O'Sullivan, T., Doody, C. (2011). Reliability of thermal quantitative sensory testing on the hand in a cohort of young healthy adults. Muscle and Nerve, 44(4), 547-552. [More Information]

2010

  • Moloney, N., Hall, T., Doody, C. (2010). An investigation of somatosensory profiles in work related upper limb disorders: A case controlled observational study protocol. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 11(22). [More Information]
  • Moloney, N. (2010). Reliability and Clinical Utility of Quantitative Sensory Testing. NOI Conference, Nottingham.
  • Moloney, N. (2010). Reliability of Quantitative Sensory Testing. RTRS Symposium, Dublin.
  • Moloney, N. (2010). Reliability of Quantitative sensory testing: a systematic review. Irish Pain Society Conference, Dublin.

2006

  • O’Sullivan, P., Dankaerts, W., Burnett, A., Straker, L., Bargon, G., Moloney, N., Perry, M., Tsang, S. (2006). Lumbopelvic Kinematics and Trunk Muscle Activity During Sitting on Stable and Unstable Surfaces. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 36(1), 19-25. [More Information]

2005

  • Moloney, N. (2005). Temporomandibular dysfunction: A Review. Physiotherapy Ireland, 26(2), 17-22.

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