Dr Leanne Hassett

Senior Lecturer, Physiotherapy

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Biographical details

Dr Hassett is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Physiotherapy at The University of Sydney (0.6 full time equivalent) with teaching, research and administrative responsibilities and is the Team Leader for the Neurology teaching team. She is also a Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health (0.4 full time equivalent) and is currently an Investigator and Manager for the NHMRC funded AMOUNT rehabilitation trial (APP1063751); the largest trial internationally investigating the use of tailored prescription of technology to increase physical activity and mobility in people receiving rehabilitation. Dr Hassett was awarded her PhD in 2008, supported by the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Allied Health. She has 25 peer-reviewed articles, 11 as lead author, in both international and national journals, and co-authored a book chapter in an influential physiotherapy textbook used internationally for teaching. Dr Hassett has had 35 invited international, national and local presentations including a 3-day workshop in Norway in 2008 and a pre-conference workshop at the 2015 National Physiotherapy Neurology Conference. Dr Hassett has won an international conference prize (best abstract and platform presentation at the 2011 World Congress of Physical Therapy) and a national conference prize and has has had grant and fellowship success totalling more than one million AUD including as a CI on a 2016 NHMRC project grant (APP1104237).

Dr Hassett worked as a Physiotherapist within South Western Sydney Local Health District for 17 years (1996-April 2013). In 2008 she was promoted to Clinical Specialist in the NSW Health Professionals (State) award (only 15 out of over 700 allied health staff within SWSLHD were classified at this level). In this role she led research activities including mentoring staff, quality improvement projects, led workshops to promote evidence-based practice, developed policies and procedures from research evidence and hosted and co-chaired two NSW Health Allied Health Research forums. In 2012 she led the expansion of the metropolitan Physiotherapy Traumatic Brain Injury Special Interest Group to become a statewide group within the Agency of Clinical Innovation who meet quarterly to collaborate on clinical and research activities.

Research interests

Dr Hassett has made a significant contribution to the understanding of how to prescribe exercise to increase fitness and physical activity in people after traumatic brain injury. Her two randomised controlled trials and Cochrane systematic review provided valuable information about the dosage of exercise required and possible in this population for fitness effects. Secondary analysis of data also provided valuable and novel information about factors which influence adherence to exercise programs in this population. Findings from this research have been implemented into policies and procedures within the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program of NSW as well as taught in workshops at a state level and internationally.

Since her appointment in 2013 her work has broadened to investigate physical activity interventions in a range of population groups with mobility limitations including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, people with physical disability and healthy older people. She is also investigating the use of affordable technology (gaming systems, activity monitors, tablet and mobile phone devices) in these populations to increase physical activity and works closely with Disability Sports Australia to advocate and evaluate the role of sport for people with physical disability.

Teaching and supervision

Dr Hassett is a Senior Lecturer within the Neurology program in the Discipline of Physiotherapy at The University of Sydney. Her teaching commitments include Team Leader for the Neurology teaching team and unit of study coordination of Neurological Physiotherapy within the undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy program. She also provides supervision of honours, Masters and PhD students. She is currently supervising 2 PhD, 1 Masters and 1 Honours student and has previously supervised 4 Honours (3 who obtained 1st class honours), and 2 Masters students to completion.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Experiences of using affordable technology in rehabilitation Caitlin HAMILTON
The relationship between lower limb coordination and walking speed following stroke? an observational study May KWAN

Themes

Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences

Selected grants

2016

  • Towards effective exercise prescription to reduce pain in people with Parkinson’s disease; Allen N, Barry B, Hassett L, Canning C; Parkinsons New South Wales Incorporated/Research Grants.
  • Improving mobility after traumatic brain injury with ballistic strength training; Hassett L, Williams G, Ada L; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2006

  • Fitness Training After Traumatic Brain Injury; Moseley A, Hassett L; Motor Accident Authority of New South Wales/Project Funding.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Carr, J., Shepherd, R., Moseley, A., Hassett, L. (2010). Traumatic Brain Injury. In Janet Carr and Roberta Shepherd (Eds.), Neurological Rehabilitation: Optimizing Motor Performance, (pp. 281-305). Sydney: Churchill Livingstone.

Journals

  • Treacy, D., Hassett, L., Schurr, K., Chagpar, S., Paul, S., Sherrington, C. (2017). Validity of different activity monitors to count steps in an inpatient rehabilitation setting. Physical Therapy, Article in press. [More Information]
  • Williams, G., Ada, L., Hassett, L., Morris, M., Clark, R., Bryant, A., Olver, J. (2016). Ballistic strength training compared with usual care for improving mobility following traumatic brain injury: Protocol for a randomised, controlled trial. Journal of Physiotherapy, 62(3), 164-164. [More Information]
  • Chung, A., Harvey, L., Hassett, L. (2016). Do people with intellectual disability use Nintendo Wii when placed in their home as part of a physiotherapy program? An observational study. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 11(4), 310-315. [More Information]
  • Hassett, L., van den Berg, M., Lindley, R., Crotty, M., McCluskey, M., Van Der Ploeg, H., Smith, S., Schurr, K., Killington, M., Bongers, B., Howard, K., Togher, L., Hackett, M., Chagpar, S., Sherrington, C., et al (2016). Effect of affordable technology on physical activity levels and mobility outcomes in rehabilitation: a protocol for the Activity and MObility UsiNg Technology (AMOUNT) rehabilitation trial. BMJ Open, 6(6), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Hamilton, C., McCluskey, M., Lovarini, M., de Campos, T., Hassett, L. (2016). Experiences of adults using feedback-based technology to improve physical function in rehabilitation: Study protocol for a qualitative systematic review. Open Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 4(3), 125-131. [More Information]
  • Hassett, L., Moseley, A., Harmer, A. (2016). The Aetiology of Reduced Cardiorespiratory Fitness Among Adults with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury and the Relationship with Physical Activity: A Narrative Review. Brain Impairment, 17(1), 43-54. [More Information]
  • van den Berg, M., Sherrington, C., Killington, M., Smith, S., Bongers, B., Hassett, L., Crotty, M. (2016). Video and computer-based interactive exercises are safe and improve task-specific balance in geriatric and neurological rehabilitation: a randomised trial. Journal of Physiotherapy, 62(1), 20-28. [More Information]
  • Yamato, T., Pompeu, J., Pompeu, S., Hassett, L. (2016). Virtual Reality for Stroke Rehabilitation. Physical Therapy, 96(10), 1508-1513. [More Information]
  • Tiedemann, A., Hassett, L., Sherrington, C. (2015). A novel approach to the issue of physical inactivity in older age. Preventive Medicine Reports, 2, 595-597. [More Information]
  • Hassett, L., Simpson, G., Cotter, R., Whiting, D., Hodgkinson, A., Martin, D. (2015). A prospective interrupted time series study of interventions to improve the quality, rating, framing and structure of goal setting in community-based brain injury rehabilitation. Clinical Rehabilitation, 29(4), 327-338. [More Information]
  • Hassett, L., Moseley, A., Harmer, A., Van Der Ploeg, H. (2015). The Reliability, Validity, and Feasibility of Physical Activity Measurement in Adults With Traumatic Brain Injury: An Observational Study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 30(2), E55-E61. [More Information]
  • Paul, S., Tiedemann, A., Hassett, L., Ramsay, E., Kirkham, C., Chagpar, S., Sherrington, C. (2015). Validity of the Fitbit activity tracker for measuring steps in community-dwelling older adults. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 1(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Tiedemann, A., Paul, S., Ramsay, E., O'Rourke, S., Chamberlain, K., Kirkham, C., Merom, D., Fairhall, N., Oliveira, J., Hassett, L., Sherrington, C. (2015). What is the effect of a combined physical activity and fall prevention intervention enhanced with health coaching and pedometers on older adults’ physical activity levels and mobility-related goals?:Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 15, 1-6. [More Information]
  • Hassett, L., Moseley, A., Whiteside, B., Barry, S., Jones, T. (2012). Circuit class therapy can provide a fitness training stimulus for adults with severe traumatic brain injury: a randomised trial within an observational study. Journal of Physiotherapy, 58(2), 105-112. [More Information]
  • Hassett, L., Tate, R., Moseley, A., Gillett, L. (2011). Injury severity, age and pre-injury exercise history predict adherence to a home-based exercise programme in adults with traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 25(7-8), 698-706. [More Information]
  • Hassett, L., Moseley, A., Tate, R., Harmer, A., Fairbairn, T., Leung, J. (2009). Efficacy of a fitness centre-based exercise programme compared with a home-based exercise programme in traumatic brain injury: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 41(4), 247-255. [More Information]
  • Hassett, L., Moseley, A., Tate, R., Harmer, A. (2008). Fitness training for cardiorespiratory conditioning after traumatic brain injury. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2, 1-53. [More Information]
  • Moseley, A., Hassett, L., Leung, J., Clare, J., Herbert, R., Harvey, L. (2008). Serial casting versus positioning for the treatment of elbow contractures in adults with traumatic brain injury: a randomized controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation, 22(5), 406-417. [More Information]
  • Hassett, L., Harmer, A., Moseley, A., Mackey, M. (2007). Validity of the modified 20-metre shuttle test: assessment of cardiorespiratory fitness in people who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 21(10), 1069-1077. [More Information]
  • Hassett, L., Moseley, A., Tate, R., Harmer, A. (2006). Fitness training for cardiorespiratory conditioning after traumatic brain injury (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2006 (3), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Moseley, A., Lanzarone, S., Bosman, J., Van Loo, M., De Bies, R., Hassett, L. (2004). Ecological Validity Of Walking Speed Assessment After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Pilot Study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 19(4), 341-348.
  • Van Loo, M., Moseley, A., Bosman, J., De Bies, R., Hassett, L. (2004). Test-Re-Test Reliability Of Walking Speed, Step Length And Step Width Measurement After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Pilot Study. Brain Injury, 18(10), 1041-1048. [More Information]
  • Van Loo, M., Moseley, A., Bosman, J., De Bies, R., Hassett, L. (2003). Inter-rater reliability and concurrent validity of step length and step width measurement after traumatic brain injury. Disability and Rehabilitation, 25(21), 1195-1200.
  • Van Loo, M., Moseley, A., Bosman, J., De Bies, R., Hassett, L. (2003). Inter-rater reliability and concurrent validity of walking speed measurement after traumatic brain injury. Clinical Rehabilitation, 17(7), 775-779.

Report

  • Hassett, L., Liu, J. (2005). Physiotherapy for the Acute Care Management of Traumatic Brain Injury: An Information Package.

2017

  • Treacy, D., Hassett, L., Schurr, K., Chagpar, S., Paul, S., Sherrington, C. (2017). Validity of different activity monitors to count steps in an inpatient rehabilitation setting. Physical Therapy, Article in press. [More Information]

2016

  • Williams, G., Ada, L., Hassett, L., Morris, M., Clark, R., Bryant, A., Olver, J. (2016). Ballistic strength training compared with usual care for improving mobility following traumatic brain injury: Protocol for a randomised, controlled trial. Journal of Physiotherapy, 62(3), 164-164. [More Information]
  • Chung, A., Harvey, L., Hassett, L. (2016). Do people with intellectual disability use Nintendo Wii when placed in their home as part of a physiotherapy program? An observational study. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 11(4), 310-315. [More Information]
  • Hassett, L., van den Berg, M., Lindley, R., Crotty, M., McCluskey, M., Van Der Ploeg, H., Smith, S., Schurr, K., Killington, M., Bongers, B., Howard, K., Togher, L., Hackett, M., Chagpar, S., Sherrington, C., et al (2016). Effect of affordable technology on physical activity levels and mobility outcomes in rehabilitation: a protocol for the Activity and MObility UsiNg Technology (AMOUNT) rehabilitation trial. BMJ Open, 6(6), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Hamilton, C., McCluskey, M., Lovarini, M., de Campos, T., Hassett, L. (2016). Experiences of adults using feedback-based technology to improve physical function in rehabilitation: Study protocol for a qualitative systematic review. Open Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 4(3), 125-131. [More Information]
  • Hassett, L., Moseley, A., Harmer, A. (2016). The Aetiology of Reduced Cardiorespiratory Fitness Among Adults with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury and the Relationship with Physical Activity: A Narrative Review. Brain Impairment, 17(1), 43-54. [More Information]
  • van den Berg, M., Sherrington, C., Killington, M., Smith, S., Bongers, B., Hassett, L., Crotty, M. (2016). Video and computer-based interactive exercises are safe and improve task-specific balance in geriatric and neurological rehabilitation: a randomised trial. Journal of Physiotherapy, 62(1), 20-28. [More Information]
  • Yamato, T., Pompeu, J., Pompeu, S., Hassett, L. (2016). Virtual Reality for Stroke Rehabilitation. Physical Therapy, 96(10), 1508-1513. [More Information]

2015

  • Tiedemann, A., Hassett, L., Sherrington, C. (2015). A novel approach to the issue of physical inactivity in older age. Preventive Medicine Reports, 2, 595-597. [More Information]
  • Hassett, L., Simpson, G., Cotter, R., Whiting, D., Hodgkinson, A., Martin, D. (2015). A prospective interrupted time series study of interventions to improve the quality, rating, framing and structure of goal setting in community-based brain injury rehabilitation. Clinical Rehabilitation, 29(4), 327-338. [More Information]
  • Hassett, L., Moseley, A., Harmer, A., Van Der Ploeg, H. (2015). The Reliability, Validity, and Feasibility of Physical Activity Measurement in Adults With Traumatic Brain Injury: An Observational Study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 30(2), E55-E61. [More Information]
  • Paul, S., Tiedemann, A., Hassett, L., Ramsay, E., Kirkham, C., Chagpar, S., Sherrington, C. (2015). Validity of the Fitbit activity tracker for measuring steps in community-dwelling older adults. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 1(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Tiedemann, A., Paul, S., Ramsay, E., O'Rourke, S., Chamberlain, K., Kirkham, C., Merom, D., Fairhall, N., Oliveira, J., Hassett, L., Sherrington, C. (2015). What is the effect of a combined physical activity and fall prevention intervention enhanced with health coaching and pedometers on older adults’ physical activity levels and mobility-related goals?:Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 15, 1-6. [More Information]

2012

  • Hassett, L., Moseley, A., Whiteside, B., Barry, S., Jones, T. (2012). Circuit class therapy can provide a fitness training stimulus for adults with severe traumatic brain injury: a randomised trial within an observational study. Journal of Physiotherapy, 58(2), 105-112. [More Information]

2011

  • Hassett, L., Tate, R., Moseley, A., Gillett, L. (2011). Injury severity, age and pre-injury exercise history predict adherence to a home-based exercise programme in adults with traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 25(7-8), 698-706. [More Information]

2010

  • Carr, J., Shepherd, R., Moseley, A., Hassett, L. (2010). Traumatic Brain Injury. In Janet Carr and Roberta Shepherd (Eds.), Neurological Rehabilitation: Optimizing Motor Performance, (pp. 281-305). Sydney: Churchill Livingstone.

2009

  • Hassett, L., Moseley, A., Tate, R., Harmer, A., Fairbairn, T., Leung, J. (2009). Efficacy of a fitness centre-based exercise programme compared with a home-based exercise programme in traumatic brain injury: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 41(4), 247-255. [More Information]

2008

  • Hassett, L., Moseley, A., Tate, R., Harmer, A. (2008). Fitness training for cardiorespiratory conditioning after traumatic brain injury. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2, 1-53. [More Information]
  • Moseley, A., Hassett, L., Leung, J., Clare, J., Herbert, R., Harvey, L. (2008). Serial casting versus positioning for the treatment of elbow contractures in adults with traumatic brain injury: a randomized controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation, 22(5), 406-417. [More Information]

2007

  • Hassett, L., Harmer, A., Moseley, A., Mackey, M. (2007). Validity of the modified 20-metre shuttle test: assessment of cardiorespiratory fitness in people who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 21(10), 1069-1077. [More Information]

2006

  • Hassett, L., Moseley, A., Tate, R., Harmer, A. (2006). Fitness training for cardiorespiratory conditioning after traumatic brain injury (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2006 (3), 1-15. [More Information]

2005

  • Hassett, L., Liu, J. (2005). Physiotherapy for the Acute Care Management of Traumatic Brain Injury: An Information Package.

2004

  • Moseley, A., Lanzarone, S., Bosman, J., Van Loo, M., De Bies, R., Hassett, L. (2004). Ecological Validity Of Walking Speed Assessment After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Pilot Study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 19(4), 341-348.
  • Van Loo, M., Moseley, A., Bosman, J., De Bies, R., Hassett, L. (2004). Test-Re-Test Reliability Of Walking Speed, Step Length And Step Width Measurement After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Pilot Study. Brain Injury, 18(10), 1041-1048. [More Information]

2003

  • Van Loo, M., Moseley, A., Bosman, J., De Bies, R., Hassett, L. (2003). Inter-rater reliability and concurrent validity of step length and step width measurement after traumatic brain injury. Disability and Rehabilitation, 25(21), 1195-1200.
  • Van Loo, M., Moseley, A., Bosman, J., De Bies, R., Hassett, L. (2003). Inter-rater reliability and concurrent validity of walking speed measurement after traumatic brain injury. Clinical Rehabilitation, 17(7), 775-779.

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