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 (South Africa). Leigh primarily researches in the area of community-based physiotherapeutic rehabilitation and falls prevention for people living with disability and with neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, dementia, and learning disabilities; and in aged care. Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and focusses on how physiotherapists can enable and support people to optimally live healthy and engaging lives.
She has over 160 peer reviewed publications and six book chapters and is currently the principal investigator on two Health Research Council (NZ) project grants.